WC women track, field fifth at Pioneer Invitational

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Wilmington College women’s track and field team opened its outdoor season with a fifth-place finish Saturday at the Pioneer Invitational hosted by Transylvania University.

The Fightin’ Quakers placed fifth out of 17 teams with 52.5 points. Meet champion Hanover College (123.5 points) and Berea College (102 points) were the two NCAA Division III schools to finish above Wilmington.

In field events, Kayli Sullivan scored points in both the hammer throw (140-6) and shot put (27-2.25). Both marks qualify her for the All-Ohio Outdoor Championship meet later this season. Keva Cox rounded out the Quakers’ field performances with a sixth-place finish (4-9) in the high jump.

Emma Burke and Sidney Fields did well in hurdles as Burke took second in the 100-meter hurdles (16.03 seconds) and the 400-meter hurdles (1:07.02). Those two marks along with Fields’ 1:12.65 are All-OAC qualifying times. Fields also finished eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.48 seconds.

In distance, Brooke Gibbons took fifth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:17.76 while Katie Hughes qualified for the All-Ohio meet with a time of 19:54.30 and a sixth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run. Additionally, Savannah Rhodes (second in 43:53.01) and Kendra Stahl (eighth in 48:38.58) scored in the 10,000-meter run.

Allison Helmke turned in a time of 13:29.26 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to finish fifth while the Quakers’ 4-x-400-meter relay team of Fields, Amber LaRotonda, Burke and Cheyenne Rhodes placed fourth with a time of 4:21.85.

Wilmington heads to the Cedarville Invitational Saturday.