Kayla Heineike completed her second season as an assistant coach for Capital Track & Field after a four-year pole vaulting career at the NCAA Division I level. She is responsible for overseeing Cap’s pole vaulters and high jumpers as she enters the 2017-18 season.
Capital had a tremendous year for jumpers in 2017-18 with two national qualifiers and one All-American. Senior Logan Allison became a three-time All-American with a sixth-place finish at the indoor championships in the triple jump. Manivanh also qualified for nationals on the indoor circuit and set a new prgram record in the triple jump. Manivanh was the OAC indoor champion in the triple jump and placed third in the event at the outdoor OAC championships. Allison was named the OAC's Field Athlete of the Year for his performances over the indoor season and won conference championships in the triple jump and high jump. Both Allison (triple jump, long jump) and Manivanh (triple jump, long jump, 60m) were named to the USTFCCCA All-Great Lakes Region teams.
In 2016-17, Heineike aided Logan Allison and Taylor Manivanh being named All-Great Lakes Region by USTFCCCA. Allison went on to become a two-time All-American in the triple jump, an event he swept in the OAC indoor and outdoor championships, and set school records. Alongside Taylor Manivanh, she helped guide the freshman to earn all-conference honors with a third place finish in the triple jump.
Heineike was a four-year letter winner on the Western Carolina University track & field team where she specialized in the pole vault event.
Heineike graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as a sport management major from Western Carolina in 2015. She also earned a minor in coaching.