Wills vaults to title as WC opens at OAC Championship
Sophomore places first in conference meet debut
February 25, 2011
Anna Foote and the Wilmington College distance medley relay team finished fifth at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship.
BEREA — Mackenzie Wills claimed the pole vault title as Wilmington College opened competition Friday in the Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship, hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College.
After the first day of the two-day event, Wilmington is in sixth place with 15 points. Baldwin-Wallace leads the team standings with 54 points.
“We had a solid first day,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said. “We’re not a huge team. We have limited scoring opportunities, so we need to make the most of the opportunities that are there for us. For the most part, I thought we did that. We just don’t have the numbers to pick up the points we’d like to have, but the people we have are really competing.”
Wills (Troy/Troy Christian) cleared 11-0.25 to win the pole vault in her first OAC Championship appearance.
“I’m excited for Mackenzie,” Combs said. “She’s had a lot of ups and downs this year with injuries. She knows that she’s not vaulting at her best right now, but it’s still nice to see her get a championship — nobody deserves it more than she does. She works so hard. I was excited to see her get the title.”
Freshman Sarah Gaskell (Troy/Troy Christian) finished ninth in the pole vault with a best effort of 10-0.50, and Liz Delehanty (Euclid/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) was 10th at 9-8.50.
On the track, the distance medley relay team of Kelsey Stief (Upper Sandusky), Morgan Orr (Mount Orab/Western Brown), Anna Foote (Pleasant Plain/Goshen) and Annie Cekada (Mineral Point, Pa./Central Cambria) finished fifth in 12:56.38.
“We were fourth last year, but we ran almost as well this year against a much tougher field,” Combs said. “That was a good run for those girls.”
In the field, Allyssa McMullen (Warsaw/Riverview) placed eighth in the weight throw with an effort of 40-11.75.
“Allyssa has been solid for four years. She always gets points for the team,” Combs said.
Orr put in a full day. The freshman had the 10th-best time in the 400-meter dash preliminaries and finished 12th in the long jump.
“Morgan is not 100 percent. She’s been fighting shin splints the entire indoor season,” Combs said. “I think she’s going to have a phenomenal outdoor season. She’s a fighter. She just needs to get to 100 percent.”
Brittany Gibbons (Blanchester) was 12th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 11:14.58 that shaved 10 seconds off her previous personal best.
“Brittany has just been huge. Her confidence is sky-high right now,” Combs said. “She went out hard in that race, but she is such a fighter that she hung in there and ran a huge PR. I’m really excited to see what she’s going to do for outdoor.”