WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Simon Heys and Kayli Sullivan broke the Wilmington College track & field records Saturday at the Ohio Athletic Conference Elite Meet hosted by Otterbein University.
In the 5,000-meters, Heys ran a time of 14:35.93, which is currently the seventh-best time in NCAA Division III this season.
Unfortunately, three of the times ahead of Heys happened in the same race as the Wilmington High School graduate took fourth.
Sullivan broke her own school record in the hammer throw with a runner-up heave of 51.67 meters. The senior also finished second in the shot put (12.39 meters) and completed the throwing trifecta with a sixth-place mark of 36.35 meters in the discus.
Also for the women, Madison Dietz rounded out the field event performances with a seventh-place effort of 4.96 meters in the long jump.
On the track, Emma Burke turned in two scoring performances in hurdle events. The senior finished second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.80) and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.39 seconds).
Burke also played a part in both Wilmington relays to score, as were Dietz and Miranda Gibson. Lily Williford joined the Quaker trio to place third (52.46 seconds) in the 4×100-meter relay while Kelsey Broering ran the 4×400-meter relay with the three and crossed the finish line in 4:34.30.
On the men’s side, other distance finishes that scored the Fightin’ Quakers points included Noah Tobin’s sixth-place finish (32:17.93) in the 10,000-meter run and the Wilmington due of Evan Whitaker (9:44.43) and George Rickett (9:57.17) who finished fourth and seventh respectively in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Aidan Henson also scored Wilmington points in two events: one individual and one relay. The East Clinton alumnus finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.66. Henson also teamed up with Whitaker, Eric Reynolds and Cameron Combs to cross the finish line in third (8:38.09) in the 4-x-800-meter run.
The Quakers had a busy day in field events. Max Queen got Wilmington points in two jumping events. The sophomore leaped 12.53 meters in the triple jump to take third and jumped 6.36 meters in the long jump for a sixth-place finish.
In throws, a trio of Wilmington individuals led by Nate Marcum’s win placed in the hammer throw. Marcum ‘s heave of 52.78 meters won the event while teammate Joe Shuga took second (51.94 meters) and Andrew Pacifico placed fourth (49.51 meters). Shuga and Marcum also threw the discus, placing fifth (42.40 meter) and seventh (38.79 meters) respectively while Blake Jamison’s heave of 42.65 placed him fourth in the event. Jamison and Shuga also threw in the shot put, taking second (14.56 meters) and third (13.84 meters) respectively.
Chas O’Connell and Sam Eastes rounded out the Quakers’ day in the javelin as O’Connell threw 45.32 meters and Eastes 41.52 meters to place fourth and eighth respectively.
The Quakers head to Heidelberg University this weekend.