Quakers run to best ever All-Ohio finish
WC takes 6th in 22-team event
September 30, 2011
Jenna Parlette (center) sprints toward the finish line at the All-Ohio Championship. Parlette finished seventh overall in the Division III race.
CEDARVILLE — Jenna Parlette’s seventh-place finish helped Wilmington College to a sixth-place team finish at the Division III All-Ohio Championship, hosted by Cedarville University Friday afternoon.
The Quakers finished with 207 points en route to collecting their best ever All-Ohio finish. Oberlin won the 22-team event with 64 points.
“It kind of points to what we talked about at the start of the year. Both teams are going to be very competitive,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said. “Our men were eighth and our women were sixth today. We had people in our top five on both sides have off-days and we still cranked out really good finishes for both teams. I’m excited about that, but we’re not satisfied. They know we can run better than we did today.”
Parlette (Miamisburg) was somewhat under the weather before the race started, but was on top of her game when the starter’s gun sounded. The freshman covered the rain-soaked 5K course in 18:56.88. Her time was the second fastest among Ohio Athletic Conference competitors in the 150-runner field.
“I was definitely worried about Jenna before the race, but she never makes up excuses,” Combs said. “She just knows one way to run, and that is to put it all out there. She did it again today. To finish seventh in this race as a freshman is just outstanding.”
Annie Cekada (Mineral Point, Pa./Central Cambria) was 22nd, finishing in 19:14.18.
Brittany Gibbons (Pleasant Plain/Blanchester) finished 45th in 19:51.26.
Tricia Steffen (Baltimore/Liberty Union) was 63rd overall in 20:14.88.
Karlee Michel (Alexandria/Johnstown-Monroe) finished 70th in 20:30.57, just ahead of Colleen Romeo (Pleasant Plain/Goshen).
“It wasn’t our best day, but it was a good day,” Combs said. “We were fourth among OAC teams today; we’d like to be a top-3 team at the conference meet. The girls are leaving here knowing they didn’t run their best race, and that’s a good thing. I think this will inspire them in working toward the OAC meet.”
Wilmington will have a week off before hosting the Wilmington Fall Classic Oct. 14.
“I’m excited about the next month,” Combs said. “We always enjoy hosting our own meet, and then we have the OAC Championships two weeks after that.”