By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
NEW ORLEANS – Following the completion of the track & field regular season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its list of 2019 Outdoor Track & Field All-Region selections with Capital University Women's Track & Field athletes Emily Hilt and Taylor Manivanh earning the honors.
To be named all-region by the USTFCCCA, one must finish in the top-five in their region in their event. Hilt, one of the best multi athletes in the nation, placed first in the Great Lakes Region in the heptathlon while Manivanh is fourth in the region in the triple jump.
Hilt, a junior from Delaware, Ohio, set records for the Crusaders all season and on April 7, she broke her own program record for most heptathlon points with 4,389 at the DIII All-Ohio Multis. In the first event of the competition, Hilt broke another one of her own school records with a 15.12-second run in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing first. She then went on to win the high jump (1.63 meters) and javelin throw (27.77 meters) challenges, place second in the long jump (5.10 meters) and 800-meter race (2:23.39) and third in the shot put (9.60 meters). By clearing 1.63 meters in the high jump, Hilt owns the second-best mark in program history and she has since re-broken her record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.95 seconds at the Billy Hayes Invitational on May 3. Hilt is the only Crusader to run a sub-15 second race in the 100-meter hurdles.
Manivanh, a junior from Grove City, Ohio, saved her best for last by launching her way into all-region contention with her best triple jump performance coming in her second-to-last meet. On May 3 at the Billy Hayes Invitational, Manivanh unleashed a performance of 11.25 meters (36-11), a mark 0.10 meters (0-04) better than her previous season-best of 11.15 meters (36-07) set at the Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships on April 27. Manivanh finished third in the event at the conference championships.