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Women's Cross Country Set to Host Seventh Annual JennaStrong Fall Classic

Women's Cross Country Set to Host Seventh Annual JennaStrong Fall Classic

MEET INFORMATION

LIVE RESULTS

LIVE VIDEO (FINISH LINE)

WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Wilmington College women's cross country team returns home to host the seventh annual JennaStrong Fall Classic on Friday.

The Race: The five-kilometer race is scheduled to begin at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The Teams: Wilmington will be joined by fellow Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) members Capital University, Marietta College and Muskingum University. Other NCAA Division III schools in attendance include: Bluffton University, Kenyon College, Mount St. Joseph University, Spalding University, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster. 27 other schools will also be in attendance, notably NCAA Division I schools Ohio State University, St. Bonaventure University and Northern Kentucky University.

The Coach: Ron Combs is in his 24th season as head cross country coach at Wilmington College. A 1993 graduate of Wilmington, Combs was a member of the only cross country team to win a conference title in school history. Also the head track & field coach at the College, Combs led the Fightin' Quakers to two top-10 finishes nationally with a sixth place finish at the 2002 NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships and a seventh place mark at the 2004 Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Runners: Wilmington has not run a five-kilometer course yet this season, but has competed in consecutive six-kilometer meets over the past month. A pair of freshmen – Sydney Yontz and Milena Wahl – have led the Fightin' Quakers in those meets with times of 24:38.6 (Ohio Wesleyan Invitational) and 24:46.0 (All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championships) respectively. Sophomore Katie Hughes was the next Wilmington individual to finish in both meets.

Race Namesake: Formerly the Wilmington Fall Classic, this meet got renamed in honor of former Wilmington runner Jenna Parlette in 2013. Parlette, a member of the women's cross country team, was leading a race at Franklin College in the fall of 2013 only to collapse with the finish line in sight. She passed away three days later.

Social Media: Follow Wilmington athletics on social media! The Fightin' Quakers have a presence on Facebook (Wilmington College Athletics) as well as Twitter and Instagram (@DubCQuakers).

Coverage: Live results and live video of the meet will be available – visit the links above. Fans are also encouraged to tune into a Facebook Live video from the gator leading the competitors on the course.

Up Next: Wilmington hosts Muskingum University in a dual meet next Friday.