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Quakers heading to OAC championships

February 21, 2013

 Despite winning last week’s meet that included four Ohio Athletic Conference teams, Wilmington head coach Ron Combs wants to temper expectations leading into this week’s OAC indoor championships.

“We were excited about winning the meet, but those things can be deceiving,” said Combs. “Those teams can be resting some athletes before the (league) meet. The big part this week is (our) bad luck with sickness and injuries. I don’t think we are going into the meet 100 percent. I felt like we can be a top 5 team coming into the season, and if it goes really well for us on Saturday, I liked to think we can challenge to do that.”

Senior Mason Metts (Pomeroy, OH/Meigs) has been a consistent performer in the shot put and weight throw this season. He was recently named OAC Men’s Field Performer of the Week for his showing at last week’s meet at Capital. Metts was victorious in the shot put and finished second in the weight throw.

“Mason has been one of the MVP’s for our team for sure,” said Combs. “He has just been ‘Mr. Consistency’. I think he has a chance to win both the shot put and the weight throw. I think he is ready. He is a big meet performer, and I think he is ready.”

Metts isn’t the only performer with a strong chance to bring home All-OAC honors this week. Junior Alek Erwin (Springfield, OH/Northeastern) has chances in the mile and the 1,000, while Jake Simpkins (Germantown, OH/Valley View) and Jake Sydnor (Batavia, OH/Clermont Northeastern) enters their events, the 800 and the 400, respectively, ranked second.

Combs also feels the three relays – 4x200, 4x400 and distance medley – all have a chance to earn all-conference honors.

On the women’s side, Liz Delehanty (Euclid, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s) has been solid in the pole vault this season. After finishing second in the outdoor meet, she is looking to get back on the proverbial medal stand.

Jenna Parlette (Miamisburg, OH/Miamisburg) could be in running for All-OAC honors in the 5K, while Marissa Bolen (Gibsonburg, OH/Gibsonburg could finish in the top three in the shot put. Sarah Murphy (West Liberty, OH/West Liberty) will have five chances to earn All-OAC honors with her best chance coming in the 500.

“Sarah is a talented kid and hard worker,” said Combs. “Her best individual chance will be in 500. She is kind of a sleeper in that event. She has only ran it twice this season. The girl she almost beat from Capital last week was right up there last year, so I think that gave her confidence. Nobody deserves it more than Sarah. She works really hard and always has a good attitude about everything. I would love nothing more than to see her make all conference.”

Jadie Riewoldt (Morrow, OH/Little Miami) has a chance in the high jump.

The OAC championships are held at Ohio Northern University with the first events starting at 2 p.m. The meet was originally scheduled for noon, but impending weather forced the delay.