*Story by Athletic Communications Student Assistant Adam Knaub
MARIETTA, Ohio - The Wilmington College women's track and field team scored a fourth place finish in the Marietta Invitational on Saturday. The Fightin' Quakers also finished as the second-best NCAA Division III institution behind only Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) member Capital University.
A trio of Quakers scored points in the 3,000-meter run led by Allison Helmke in sixth place (12:03.84). Katie Hughes and Savannah Rhodes followed in seventh (12:24.65) and eighth (12:46.10) respectively. Helmke also scored a fifth-place finish in the mile run with a time of 5:58.66. Scoring points in the 1,000-meter run was Kayci Johnson (3.50.74) with a fourth place finish. In the 800-meter run, Brooke Gibbons took third place (2:44.31) while Kelly Rice earned a fifth-place finish (2:57.36).
Emma Burke won the 500-meter dash in a time of 1:27.73, good enough to qualify for the OAC meet. In the 500-meter run, Cheyenne Rhodes took second place (1:30.56) just missing the mark to qualify for the OAC meet. Sidney Fields qualified for the final in the 55-meter hurdles and placed seventh in the final.
Kayli Sullivan placed in both throwing events, sixth in weight throw (39' 4") and eighth (32' 7 3/4") in shot put. The Quaker 4-x-200-meter relay team of Fields, Miranda Gibson, Abby Spirk and Cheyenne Rhodes took third place (2:02.66) while the 4-x-400 team of Burke, Gibson, Cheyenne Rhodes and Amber Larotonda earned a fourth-place finish (4:37.33).
Wilmington hits the track again next Saturday at the Jessica Starks Open.