WC women’s track, field 4th at OAC split meet


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MARIETTA — The Wilmington College women’s track and field team traveled to Marietta Friday to compete in the OAC South Split Meet.

Five of the 10 OAC teams competed in this meet — Otterbein University, Capital University, Muskingum University, Marietta College, and the Fightin’ Quakers. Of these five teams, Wilmington finished fourth with 61 points.

Sophomore Cierra Johnson opened the meet with a fifth-place finish in the 55-meter dash with a time of 8.05. Fellow sophomore Brooklyn Payne (Chicago, IL/Chicago Agricultural School) earned a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 28.33.

In addition to her meet opening fifth-place, Johnson claimed a first-place finish in the long jump (5.00m), the highest finish for the team. She also earned a third-place finish in the triple jump, with a distance of 9.54m.

Freshman Emma Burke (Hilliard, OH/Darby) earned her first collegiate first-place award in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.26.

The 4×200-meter relay grabbed a third-place finish for the Fightin’ Quakers. The quartet of freshman Kacey Burns (Milford Center, OH/Fairbanks), Payne, junior Ashley Lovett (Washington Court House, OH/Washington Senior), and Johnson completed the event in 1:58.05.

The distance medley finished fourth with a time of 15:23.86. The medley was comprised of freshman Allison Helmke (Defiance, OH/Tinora), junior Rebecca Harting (Farmersville, OH/Valleyview), sophomore Sarah Pierce (New Carlisle, OH/Dominion Academy), and senior Stephanie Fetters (West Milton, OH/Milton-Union).

Junior Lauren Stacy, a typical force in the throwing events for the Fightin’ Quakers, stayed on track this week, finishing second in the shot put (12.88m) and first in the weight throw (15.85m).

“[I’m] happy with the women’s performance,” WC head coach Ron Combs said. “Lauren had another strong performance, and Emma had her first collegiate win in the hurdles. Cierra had a really strong first meet. We just need to get everyone healthy.”

The Fightin’ Quakers travel to Cedarville Friday for the Cedarville Invitational.

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