Story by Samantha Williams
MARIETTA, Ohio - The Wilmington College (WC) women's track and field team opened competition in the 2018 calendar year with an invitational hosted by Marietta College. Out of the five competing teams, Wilmington placed second.
Lauren Stacy led the team with two first-place finishes, one in the weight throw (15.87 meters) and one in the shot put (11.92 meters).
Ryan Allen also snagged a first-place finish in the pole vault, clearing a height of 2.75m.
Several Quakers earned second-place throughout the meet. Allison Helmke was the first to achieve the honor, crossing the finish line in 12:38.27 in the 3000-meter run. Helmke then joined with teammates McKenzie Hamm, Miranda Gibson, and Kelly Rice to form a second-place winning distance medley relay. The quartet crossed the finish line in 14:58.40.
Bailey also grabbed an individual second-place finish in the long jump, jumping a distance of 4.84 meters.
Wilmington heads to Otterbein University for the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Split Meet at 11 a.m. Saturday.