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Women's Cross Country Finishes in Top Half at #JennaStrong Fall Classic

Photo by Lizz Hadley
Photo by Lizz Hadley




WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Wilmington College women's cross country team finished in the top of the five-kilometer #JennaStrong Fall Classic on Friday evening.

The Fightin' Quakers placed 17th-of-34 in the race and were the eighth NCAA Division III team to place. As a team, Wilmington tallied 397 total points to finish ahead of Hanover College and rival Earlham College. The College of Wooster edged out Centre College 111-112 to win the event.
Individually, Milena Wahl led the Quakers with a 10th-place time of 19:27.5 on the five-kilometer course. Bella Stevens (21:29.7), Savannah Rhodes (21:47.5), Kolby Gluchowski (22:26.1) and AJ Houseman (23:05.0) rounded out Wilmington's top five. Lexi Jackson of Indiana University-Kokomo won the classic, crossing the finish line in 18:21.0.
"This was our best performance of the year by far, but I still think there's a little more in the tank for this group," Head Coach Ron Combs said. "Milena Wahl looked great and ran a great race."
Named after the late Jenna Parlette, the #JennaStrong Fall Classic always brings with it great support from the community, but per Combs, this year was even better.
"All of the support we got from our other athletic teams running on Elm Street was incredible," said Combs. "When they led that cheer as we were driving through, it sent a chill down my spine. That was one of the coolest moments in my 25 years here at Wilmington College."
Wilmington has a week off before it runs against home on Oct. 30, this time for the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Championships.