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Go Cap!!! A big hello to the pride of the purple track and field/xc folks. This was last updated February 5th. The men’s and women’s teams have been hitting lots of indoor meets. Please be sure and check out their most recent action at www.capital.edu. It was great for Pastor Hout to be on the Capital campus recently and visit the purple indoor track after a recent Ohio State high school meet. There has been talk that it is time to start thinking about resurfacing the purple oval.

Hout and others are still smiling about the great alumni meet on the first day of the December. Pastor Hout just received a nice thank you note for competing. He was sad to be the oldest participant but he sure met a lot of former runners and current athletes. He also made a few videos for recordsetter.com including the world’s largest collection of purple bracelets - 124. Go pride of the purple!!! His record attempt for the longest distance traveled riding a unicycle backwards while holding a spinning top in his hand was accepted and he is smiling about his new world record.

Rick Meindl and Hout have decided to push a well deserving athlete for the Hall of Fame. This is a long overdue recognition for Joe Schleppi. What a great guy and a great athlete. Read our work on his HOF application at http://www.stjacob.net/html/joe_schleppi_-_hof_.html

The pride of the purple athletes ran well at the OAC Cross-Country meet in Heidelberg with some season bests and some personal records. Did Hannah Westhover have the second best finish in the history of women’s XC at Capital? We think so. How great to see the squads at the Jenna Strong meet in Wilmington. Pastor Hout had purple bracelets for all the CU runners as well as the Wilmington runners and relatives of Jenna Parlette (who the race is named after). The men were led by Berea Boots winner Derek Knabe and the women were led by Hannah Westhoven, who was a top finisher and came away with a sweet award. 

Looking back, the purple harriers had good runs at the All-Ohio meet in Cedarville. Calvin Lortie had a great race. And in the “Battle of Columbus” meet to open up the harrier season, Derek Knabe won the men’s race. Go Derek!!! Mackenzie Meyers and Hannah Westhoven both came across the finish together to lead the lady crusaders. The team has also competed at the Allegheny Classic and the Columbus State Cougar Classic.

Pastor Mike Hout asks for special forgiveness from all Capital students and alumni. He has been coaching a pole vaulter from Otterbein and he just won the nationals down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Congratulations to Bob Arledge, a 1957 graduate of Otterbein who has been training at the Miamisburg track. He is 84 and coming home with a big medal for his work.

Special congratulations to Logan Allison who became a two-time All-American with his 8th place finish in the triple jump. He joins a rare group of two-time All-Americans at Capital University, including the school’s first ever two-time All-American (blush blush - me!). 

Pastor Hout recently had his purple Capital Track t-shirt on at Chipotle. Out of the blue a stranger came up and started talking to him about good old C.U. It turns out that his son is going there this fall and will be playing football. Go Cap. As always, we say “beat them Otters”.

Pastor Hout was at the recent GWOC championships and was thrilled to see them honor Capital grad and former track star Herb Hartman. Can you believe he has been coaching there for 50 years? There were t-shirts everywhere with his face on it. What a great night and what a great honor.

Those amazing women are getting better and better and moving up the OAC ladder. There were tons of terrific marks set by both the women and the men at the OAC. Of course, Logan Allison was everywhere and was named athlete of the meet. Read complete results of the OAC championships at the school website - www.capital.edu

Many thanks to all who have stopped by. We say a hearty and purple WELCOME to any old (and new) Capital University t&f/xc people. The internet is a very large place but we are excited you have found us in the middle of all of that.

WOW LOGAN ALLISON He was on fire at the All-Ohio indoor meet and at the indoor OAC championships. He came away with several top performances and some school records in the triple jump, the 60 meter dash and the long jump. He was also selected for athlete of the meet honors!

GO CAP Congratulations to the teams for their wins in the Jessica Starks Invitational. You will want to check out all Capital’s results and their track and field action on their athletic site at www.capital.edu

ALUMNI MEET WAS GREAT It was terrific to have the current tracksters and all the “old timers” together for an evening of track and field action on December 2nd. This was our second alumni meet and many are already talking about the third one coming up next year. There were so many good reunions and conversations. Pastor Hout had a wonderful time and even won two events (ok...ok...yes, there wasn’t a lot of competition in his events). There are a lot of good pictures out there on Facebook. Hout arrived that night with ninety purple bracelets and when the evening was over they were all gone!!! Hout is also proud of the two records he broke before the meet. They have just been accepted on recordsetter.com

SPEAKING OF FACEBOOK Mike Ramseyer has done a fantastic job with a Capital Track Club page on Facebook. We are excited to say a lot of people have already found it......like some hundred tracksters.  How great to be able to stay in touch after our alumni track meet.

JENNA STRONG MEET AT WILMINGTON What a thrill to see Capital women running at this special meet. Pastor Hout attended to support the mother of the meet’s namesake (Jenna Parlette) and also saw Capital freshmen and middle distance runners in action. The rest of the CU runners were at the Oberlin invitational the next day. Is this the first time in school history we have had a split squad?

OAC CHAMPIONSHIPS went well. We were thinking about you Crusader harriers!!! We still cannot believe Capital hosted this meet? This was the first time in school history that we hosted the OAC XC meet. The women ended up 7th and the men were 8th.

ALL OHIO CROSS-COUNTRY AT CEDARVILLE Hout was thrilled to be able to attend the 62nd annual men’s meet and the 36th annual women’s meet the end of September. He was also there for the very first women’s meet!!! It was a wet day in 2016 but the Crusaders ran their way to some good results and finished as the 6th best OAC squad for the women’s and the men’s teams.

CAPITAL HARRIERS WIN THEIR HOME MEET It is exciting to watch the team improve week by week. It is also exciting to read that Capital will be hosting the OAC championships on October 29th. That will be a first in CU history. Read more about the teams at capital.edu

SCHEDULES AND ROSTERS It is great to be able to follow the Cap harriers with the schedules and rosters of the squads at the official Capital website. They have great pictures of all the athletes which will make it easier to follow your beloved crusader distance runners.  We are excited to see 15 women (3 frosh) and 10 men (4 freshmen) on the squads. Those are very nice numbers and a sizeable increase on the men’s squad. Coach Hannah Weiss and staff have done a great job recruiting and filling out the team. Now we know they will be doing a fantastic job training these fine young men and women so they can perform well for the purple and the white. 

XC and Track & Field alumni are excited about news of the 2016/2017 teams. We just received word about some of their new recruits. They include a Division I state champion in the girls long jump, a great male and female distance runner, a good men’s sprinter and more. Sounds like the staff and head coach Hannah Weiss are doing a great job.

Pastor Hout was up in Findlay, Ohio this past weekend for the wedding of Chuck Renner. How great to see a former Capital great unite with a great spouse in a great ceremony. The only downside was that the pastor was a graduate of Mount Union. The couple requested no gifts but Hout disobeyed and gave them a special drink cup from the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

Hout and his wife are back from their first ever trip to Oregon. How exciting to spend time in Eugene at the Olympic Trials. It was pretty exciting to see historic Hayward Field, their beautiful track, Pre’s Rock and Steve Prefontaine’s grave. Can you believe he even saw a number of Franklin Heights coaches who are Capital graduates? The action on the track was pretty amazing, too. We will be sending a solid team to Rio.

Hout received a great text recently with a picture of Chuck Renner and Tim Berger!!! Tim and Hout ran a lot of hurdle races together. He is currently serving in sports medicine at Rio Grande College after being at Muskingum for many years. Whenever this crew gets together we cannot help but talk about the great tornado of April 3rd, 1974. Our meet at Cedarville was canceled after only a few events because of it. Thankfully, we were all able to get to shelter but we could see the funnel coming from Xenia. 

A number of former crusaders were at the Division I southwest regional meet in Dayton. Mike Hout was excited to see Bill Schnier (who coaches at LaSalle) and Herb Hartmann (who coaches at Troy). Bill Schnier pointed out that he also recently saw Liz Stanton since she coaches in the Cincinnati area. Hout missed going to the state meet and seeing more Capital running alums but he did see where Mike Ramseyer and his Columbus Academy runners did well at the meet.

Shot putter Jason Coon qualified for the nationals in Waverly, Iowa with a throw of 54 foot 3 and 3/4 inch. He competed well there and finished in tenth. We are happy to say Congratulations, Jason!!! Word from the Capital University track and field website is that 11 women and 6 men made academic all-conference. Good work, Crusaders!!! Mike Hout was able to stop by the 2016 OAC Championships at Wilmington. It was a wet day but it was exciting to see the team working together so well. How thrilling to see get to see Larkin Joseph run to a terrific second place finish in the 800. She also anchored the 4x800 to a fine fourth place finish (remember-Capital did not even field a 4x800 team the last few years). The coaching staff is doing some fine things!!! Other all OAC athletes included Logan Allison (winner in the triple jump & runner up in the long jump), Chelsea Carpenter (discus runner up), Jason Coon (shot put runner up). All the meets this year prepared the team well for this big finish - the All Ohio, the Muskingum Invitational, the Slippery Rock Invitational in Pennsylvania and the Emory Invitational in Atlanta, Georgia. A special thrill for Hout was to talk with Mason Trezise after his 400 hurdle race and to share some thoughts about step patterns.

Herb Hartmann was spotted at the recent Dayton Relays high school meet. His girl pole vaulter won the meet!

At the indoor OAC Championships CU came away with a pair of seventh place finishes, which was better than anticipated by the poll at the beginning of the season. The highlight of the meet was Logan Allison winning the long jump and the triple jump and placing in the high jump. Jason Coon also won the shot put and the women took three of the eight places in the shot put.

Special congratulations to Rachel Beecraft who was inducted into the Hall of Fame this past weekend. She is the first female Capital Track athlete in the Hall of Fame! How great to see her family and so many track greats present like Rick Meindl, Jeff Jenkins, Liz Stanton, coach Fred Barends and coach Reggie Cannon. After the program Hout also saw some other former tracksters at the basketball game including Mark Prater, Shannon Quinn and Charlene Troutman, the wife of George Troutman. What a great day it was for Capital track and field and cross-country.

We hope you are having a great 2016!!! The Capital Men and Women have been doing well with their January and February indoor meets. The OAC Indoor Championship will be here soon (56 years after Capital’s big victory there). The throwers and jumpers have been leading the way for the Crusaders. Check them out at capital.edu

Alumni just received a nice email from Coach Hannah Weiss all about the season thus far. It is great to hear how they are doing and she hopes to have a letter out every month!

In the newspaper back in December was information about the new 30 million dollar project at Wittenberg University that will end with an indoor 100 yard football field with a 300 meter track. This will be the only 300 meter indoor track in all of Division III!!!

We are still celebrating a successful and first ever Alumni Track Meet on December 4th. It was a big hit on the purple 200 meter oval at Capital University. Many alumni were there to watch and participate. What a terrific night it was for everyone and especially Pastor Mike Hout who waited 40 years for this night. He pole vaulted, high jumped, threw the shot, ran the hurdles and also ran the 60. Sure, he didn’t go very high in the jumping events. And he didn’t throw very far, especially when compared to the national champion (and Canadian Olympian) throws coach Justin Rohde. He also didn’t sprint very fast but he was happy to move around and meet the current athletes as well as some of the alumni. How great to hang out with the championship team of 1960. How great to be with the first female All-Americans at Capital. How great to spend time with champion thrower and former teammate Rick Meindl. Big congrats to alumni Jessica Stark, 60 winner, Christina Heinecke, long jump winner, Sam Wentz, 60 hurdles champ and Tyler Fluegel, high jump victor.  Other alumni athletes who were there (that I know of) and competed well included Liz Stanton, Rachel Barends, Andrew Keppler, Eric Barenwald, Corraine Salva, Taylor Adkins. Some of the big names there who did not compete included John Pride (father of legendary major league baseball player Curtis Pride), Jeff Jenkins (point scorer on the 1960 OAC championship team), Fred Barends (head coach for many years with many national qualifiers and placers) and Reggie Cannon (coached the first female All-American at Capital).

Miamisburg had their annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving and a Wilmington College XC runner was there complaining about how well Capital did at the OAC this year in cross-country. He said he and his team were stunned at how many from Capital ran well and ran personal records!!! They thought they could beat the Crusaders but the Quakers were crushed by the purple harriers.

In the Dayton area it was great to see former high jumper Jim Back at Subway. It was also great to see former distance man Chuck Renner at the Ohio XC coaches clinic located at the Hilton Garden Inn at Austin Road.

Capital cross country has had a very nice season full of improvement culminating in lots of personal bests and season bests at the OAC meet. Congrats to the squads for surprising some teams and moving up the standings. Pastor Mike Hout was thrilled to be able to see the runners twice this season - at the JennaStrong meet in Wilmington and at the All-Ohio in Cedarville. The big meet in Wilmington is named after Jenna Parlette who was a big part of the teams here in Miamisburg and Hout was thrilled to be on the coaching staff when she competed for the ‘Burg. Hout made some purple bracelets for C.U. and was excited to see one of the runners at Wilmington wearing one that was given to him at the All-Ohio!!! 

We are happy to give a big WELCOME to the new head track and cross country coach Hannah Weiss. She comes from a high school and college running career in Iowa but her college coaching experience is from all over the place. She actually coached on a national championship team (North Central College) and they won their national championship at Capital!!! We wish her the best and look forward to seeing her stamp put on the program.

Some recent big news was an article in the USA Today newspaper about the new and popular football video game “Madden 16”. John Madden was a good college player who became a great coach and commentator. The connection to Capital Track and Field is that, amazingly, the Crusaders had two people picked ahead of him in that 1958 draft-throwers George Troutman and Ken Pleger.

Hout shared this story with the new throws coach for Capital, Justin Rodhe. He met him at the JennaStrong meet in Wilmington. The Canadian Olympian has a lot of big ideas for crusader throwers and we wish him the best as he settles in on the Bexley campus.

Below are some other CU sightings:

While in the Oakwood Graeters Ice Cream shop a man came through wearing a Capital University t-shirt. Hout asked the man if he went to Capital. Not only did he attend but he ran track and XC for the pride of the purple. His name is David Priebe. Chuck Renner is still the track and cross country coach at Upper Scioto Valley High School (near Lima) and was at an xc camp led by Heidelberg grad Ron Martin. Aaron Folsom loved running against him back in the 70’s (and beating him). Some of the other teams there included Avon, Springfield, Louisville and West Liberty.

At the 2015 state track meet Bill Schnier was sighted. He looks great after returning from an international coaching assignment in the Philippines. This past season he helped at LaSalle High School. Can you believe he held the Capital 880/800 record for over 40 years?

Pastor Hout continues to regularly see Capital University 880 great Herb Hartmann from Troy. He has been their pole vault coach for many years. He also runs the big regional cross country meet at Troy. Pastor Hout also saw a number of people from Teays Valley at a wrestling meet and they say sprinting great Craig Knechtel is doing well in Central Ohio.

In the first indoor meet of the season (back in December) at Capital University it was reported that the pole vault was won by an athlete from Wilmington College. You can imagine Mike Hout’s surprise and happiness when he found out it was Zak Kruer, a young man he coached for four years at Miamisburg High School! He also won the OAC South meet at Marietta then had three pr’s on his way to a second place finish in the OAC championship meet - at Capital!!!

It was sad to read about and attend the funeral of Joe Dobos, the great hall of fame hurdler from the class of 1972. He won the OAC championship in the indoor highs and held the outdoor high hurdle record for 30 years! Mike Hout was there and met old teammates Dave Lewis and Bob Gerdeman (who flew in from 100 miles north of Seattle). How great to see the nice display of Joe’s life with a number of track items including his track spikes.

After some research, it looks like Miamisburg coach Jeremy Wysocki (Heidelberg grad) was around and may have run at the infamous Rev. Mike Hout invitational at Capital. For sure, he had the track record during some of those meets. We just aren’t exactly sure when he set that meet record.

At the recent GWOC championships, Hout sat next to an old Otterbein pole vaulter Bob Arledge who was on their team in the early 1950’s. What great stories were shared that day! He continues to vault into his 80’s and is currently #3 in the nation!!! (update: Bob likes us so much he started vaulting with us in Miamisburg in the summer of 2015 and went on to win the nationals for his age group. He also used a Miamisburg pole and now all the kids love to use the pole that won the nationals)

Many thanks to the NCAA office for getting us the top 10 shot putters in the nation for 1958. Among the other great big school throwers is Capital’s very own George Troutman. Look for that list below. There are more stories like this out there. One person we would really like to talk to is Ron Flack. He always had some good stories and we want to collect them here at this website.

What spurred this on was the effort to get Joe Dobos in the Capital Hall of Fame. On February 15th of this year he was finally recognized for his amazing efforts as record holder in the high hurdles, the intermediate hurdles and as a member of the 440 relay. What a great day it was for the Dobos family and for Capital Track and Field. In 1972 Joe won the OAC indoor championship at a time when the field was very strong and 13 teams were in the conference. He beat a number of All-Americans in that race.

Pastor Hout also loves the story of Mr. Dobos’s clash with the Wittenberg conference champion Steve Hanneman. Hanneman was known for his unique ability to knock every hurdle down in order to get a better time. Joe practiced doing the same and nearly beat him in their big confrontation.

Here is an article about Hanneman in the June 1970 NCAA newsletter. His picture and article are on page 3::

OTHER BIG ITEMS that keep getting overlooked. 
-Dan Jones was the MVP in the OAC in 1968
-Randy Pfeiffer was the MVP in the OAC in 1969
-Rick Meindl was All-American three times
-Aaron Folsom set an OAC record that still stands
-It was over 40 years ago that Capital had it’s first All-
  American in track and field
-Red Trego held the long jump record for nearly 80 years
  and it was set on a grass runway!
-the Capital shot put relay team set a record in 1978 that
  no school has come close to breaking. Go Joe Schleppi!

How about THIS AMAZING LIST that was found in the 1959 NCAA track and field guide. This is the 1958 Honor Roll, a list of the top shot put marks from the year.......
  Dave Davis.............So. California.....60-5
  Bob Henry..............Minnesota..........58-0
  Jay Silvester...........Utah State.........57-3/4
  Carl Shine..............Pennsylvania......56-0
  Joe Marchiony.........Manhattan.........56-3 3/4
  Al Oerter................Kansas...............56-1
  Phil Delavan...........Iowa State..........55-8 3/4
  Ray Hiscock............Arizona..............55-7 1/2
  Duane Milleman......UCLA.................55-6 1/2
  George Troutman....Capital...............55-5 1/2


Red Trego.............1934...Long Jump...............23-4 1/8
Geist....................1942...120 high hurdles......16.0
George Troutman..1956...indoor shot...............49-11
George Troutman..1956...outdoor?
George Troutman..1957...indoor shot...............49-1/12
Larry Hunt............1957...indoor 55 low hurd....6.8
George Troutman..1957...shot put....................52-5
George Troutman..1957...discus.......................148-9 1/2
Art Slate...............1957...120 high hurdles.......15.1
Art Beckham.........1957...220 low hurdles.........24.2
Larry Hunt............1957...high jump..................6-3/8
George Troutman..1958...indoor shot................51-9 3/4
Larry Hunt............1958...indoor 55 high hurd....7.3
Larry Hunt............1958...indoor 55 low hurd......6.6
Larry Hunt............1958...outdoor
George Troutman..1958...outdoor
Art Slate...............1958 and 1959?
Art Slate...............1960...indoor long jump.........22-0
Art Slate...............1960...indoor 55 high hurd.....6.9
Art Slate...............1960...indoor 55 low hurd.......6.5
1960 OAC Indoor champions - coach Jack Landrum
Roy Boggs.............1961...mile run......................4:34.5
Doug Scott............1961...long jump....................22-2
Sam Travis............1961...indoor 300...................32.8
Robert Lewis..........1964...2 mile.........................9:41.2
Charles Hunsaker...1965...indoor 600..................1:14.6
Paul Martin............1965...indoor two mile............9:47.6
Dan Jones..............1968...440.............................48.
Dan Jones..............1968...220
Randy Pfeiffer.........1969...100
Randy Pfeiffer.........1969...200
Dave Lewis.............1970...indoor mile..................4:22.6
John Harbage..........1970...pole vault relay...........38-0
Gary Davis..............1970...pole vault relay...........38-0
Mark Parker............1970...pole vault relay...........38-0
Joe Dobos...............1972...55 high hurdles............7.1
Aaron Folsom..........1974...3 mile
Aaron Folsom..........1975...3 miles
Rick Meindl.............1975...shot put and discus
Mike Custer............1975...high jump
Rick Meindl.............1976...shot put
Rick Meindl.............1978...shot put
Rick Meindl.............1978...discus
long jumper/triple jumper - Bobby Jones
long jumper - Rachel Beecraft
recent high hurdler - Thornberry
pole vaulter

(obviously, this is still under construction)