MARIETTA – The Wilmington College women’s track and field team placed 8th in the first outdoor meet since 2019.
After a 681-day wait, the Ohio Athletic Conference and all athletes finally got to breathe outside air. John Carroll racked up 189 points and took first while Otterbein finished second.
Kayli Sullivan was third in the hammer throw (148-7). Lily Williford was one place shy of scoring in the pole vault.
Savannah Rhodes started off the running with a 45:04 time and a third-place finish in the 10,000-meter run.
Madison Dietz had a great day, scoring in every event she competed in. In the 100-meter dash, she placed seventh in 13.6 seconds, shared third place honors in the long jump with a leap of 15-8.25 and finished fifth in triple jump (31-3.75).
Senior Emma Burke made her 2021 debut with a fifth place finish in the 400-meter dash (63.85). Freshmen Kaitlyn Rauch and Julia Bystrom finished off the day with seventh and eighth place finishes respectively in the 5,000-meter run.
“I was very happy with results from the first outdoor meet and our team’s effort,” said WC head coach Ron Combs. “We didn’t load the meet up, having our athletes focus on 1-2 events. It was very nice to have Emma Burke return for the outdoor season.”
Wilmington continues the outdoor season this weekend with a five-team meet in Westerville.