Gibbons smashes 3,000-meter record
Junior leads WC at Golden Flashes Gala
December 10, 2011
Brittany Gibbons (at left) smashed the WC 3,000-meter run record at Kent State's Golden Flashes Gala.
KENT/BEXLEY — Brittany Gibbons obliterated the Wilmington College 3,000-meter run record at Kent State University’s Golden Flashes Gala Saturday.
Gibbons (Pleasant Plain/Blanchester) bettered Annie Cekada’s previous 3,000-meter record by more than 13 seconds with a time of 10:35.74. The junior finished eighth overall in a race where she was the only non-Division I runner.
“One word: amazing. Annie called it earlier in the week — she said, ‘Brittany is going to break my school record in the 3,000.’ She trained with her, so she saw it coming,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said. “She had a real determined look on her face today. She just went out against a Division I field and got after it. The end result was fantastic.”
The Quaker women and men posted 10 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship qualifying marks at Kent.
“That was the biggest thing we were looking for, to get some OAC qualifying marks,” Combs said. “The records were icing on the cake, but icing we are very proud of. We accomplished a lot this weekend, and hopefully the excitement from this weekend will bring some motivation over Christmas break to keep working hard and see what we can do.”
Several other Wilmington athletes saw action in Capital University’s Purple and White Invitational.
Liz Delehanty (Euclid/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) cleared 10-feet to finish second in the pole vault.
“Liz is going to score some points for us this year,” Combs said. “She has really stepped it up a notch with her focus on the pole vault. That is either an indoor PR or very close.”
Sarah Murphy (West Liberty/West Liberty-Salem) flashed her versatility with solid performances on the track and in the field. The freshman tied with teammate Chelsea Sites (Wilmington) for fourth place in the high jump. Murphy also finished eighth in the 60-meter hurdles and was 15th in the shot put.
“Sarah is going to be a multi-event athlete for us. She also threw the shot put more than 30 feet today, so she has the potential to be pretty solid in the heptathlon,” Combs said.