WC pole vaulters go 1-2 at All-Ohio
Quaker women finish 10th overall
February 12, 2011
Sarah Gaskell finished second in the pole vault at the All-Ohio Championship.
GAMBIER — Mackenzie Wills and Sarah Gaskell went 1-2 in the pole vault to lead Wilmington College at the All-Ohio Championship, hosted by Kenyon College Saturday.
The Quakers finished 10th overall with 26 points. Baldwin-Wallace won the 18-team event with 112 points.
“I’m happy with the people that competed. We didn’t take a lot of people to this meet, but the people that were here had a great day,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said.
Wills (Troy/Troy Christian) won the pole vault with a best effort of 11-7.75, a mark that tied her NCAA provisional vault from the Capital Invitational on Dec. 11, 2010. Gaskell (Troy/Troy Christian) was close behind at 11-1.75.
“That was great jumping,” Combs said. “You feel fortunate to have one good vaulter, but to have two kids with that kind of ability is really exciting.”
Annie Cekada (Mineral Point, Pa./Central Cambria) finished third in the 5,000-meter run, hitting the line in 18:25.26.
“That was a great run. She lost one of her shoes on the second lap and still ran an 18:25,” Combs said. “That’s the kind of effort we got from everyone today.”
Cekada teamed with Kelsey Stief (Upper Sandusky), Morgan Orr (Mount Orab/Western Brown) and Anna Foote (Pleasant Plain/Goshen) to finish seventh in the distance medley relay. Their time of 12:55.37 was 1.19 seconds off the school record.
“We were low in numbers, but high in quality,” Combs said. “We’ve done a lot of training the past two weeks and our kids are not fresh right now. We came in and still competed well today. I’m excited to see what the next two weeks bring when we start cutting back.”