Heavy-hearted Quakers run at Hanover

September 7, 2013

 HANOVER, IN – It wasn’t about where they finished, it was more that they ran.

With heavy hearts, the Wilmington cross country team competed for the first time since the death of teammate Jenna Parlette.

“My initial reaction when this all happened was that we would not run this weekend at Hanover, but when Lisa (Jenna’s mom) talked to us at the hospital as a team, she said go run at Hanover, ‘go run for Jenna’,” said head coach Ron Combs. “At that point everyone was fired up to go and represent everything that Jenna was. I think that now when our kids are running in a race and they are struggling, or in discomfort, they will think about Jenna, and about how hard she worked, and about how hard she raced and it will lift them up!”

Immediately following the race in Indiana, the team traveled to Miamisburg, Ohio for Parlette’s memorial service.

In the women’s race, Wilmington finished seventh of nine teams.

Junior Tricia Steffen (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) was the top WC finisher, coming in 15th place with a time of 20:37.7. Sophomore Veronica Burnam (New Richmond, OH/New Richmond) placed 64th in the time of 23:02.1.

The other women’s scorers were freshman Sidney Dubois (Blanchester, OH/Blanchester) 69th in 23:32.9; sophomore Mary Krebs (Kettering, OH/Alter) 72nd in 23:46.9; junior Sarah Murphy (Salem, OH/West Liberty) 74th in 24:02.3; freshman Stephanie Fetters (West Milton, OH/Milton Union) 88th in 24:42.2; and sophomore Nina Veite (Loveland, OH/Loveland) was 107th in 31:45.9.

On the men’s side, the Quakers finished eighth of 13 schools.

Senior Alek Erwin (South Vienna, OH/Northeastern) led Wilmington with a tenth place finish in 26:31.7. Freshman Tommy Looby (Canton, OH/Glen Oak) was next, finishing in 60th place with the time of 29:11.1.

The other men’s scorers were senior Brad Kline (Circleville, OH/Circleville) 65th in 29:18.9; junior Jake Simpkins (Germantown, OH/Valley View) 70th in 29:30.1; junior Jacob Boehm (Martinsville, OH/McNicholas) 86th in 30:04.1; sophomore Dominic King (Bettsville, OH/Bettsville) 95th in 30:39; and senior Tony Goodrich (Bethel, OH/New Richmond) in 105th in 30:54.

The teams return to the course Saturday, September 21 at the Cedarville Invitational.