By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference's women's indoor track & field coaches announced their annual preseason poll on Wednesday with the Capital University women predicted to finish seventh out of the conference's 10 teams. The Crusaders garnered 32 total points.
Capital will only have two seniors on the roster for the 2019 indoor season but will also have seven decorated juniors to rely on. Do-it-all sprinter and jumper Taylor Manivanh (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the triple jump last year, won the OAC title in the triple jump with a program-record mark of 11.75 meters and came in second in the 60-meter dash at the conference championships as well.
Manivanh and fellow junior Olivia Quinter (Fort Loramie, Ohio/Fort Loramie) were also part of the All-OAC 4x200-meter relay that placed third at the conference championship.
Emily Hilt (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley), who set the program pentathlon record last year as a sophomore with 2,908 points at the Ohio Northern University Last Chance Meet, will be a junior and aiming at higher goals.
Leading the way in the OAC poll is Otterbein University with 79 points and seven first-place votes. The University of Mount Union and John Carroll University are slotted in second and third, respectively, with 70 and 67 points. Mount Union received two first-place selections and JCU received the final first-place vote.
Ohio Northern University, Baldwin Wallace University and Heidelberg University were voted fourth, fifth and sixth ahead of the Crusaders with 57, 46 and 42 points. Muskingum University (25), Wilmington College (22) and Marietta College (10) round out the poll.
Capital's season is fast approaching with the team's first meet scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12 when the team will travel to Otterbein for the Otterbein Invite.