Hicks shines on the track to lead Quakers at DePauw Invite

Leilah Hicks

GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Earlham College first year Leilah Hicks (Hammond, Ind./Hammond Morton) posted a new personal best in the 60m and turned in a strong showing in the 200m, leading a depth-laden Quaker women's track and field team that scored in nine events on its way to a fifth-place finish out of 13 teams at Saturday's DePauw University Indoor Invitational, held at the Hollensteiner Track.

Hicks finished fifth in the 60m dash with a personal best time of 8.31 seconds, shaving .18 seconds off her previous PR of 8.49 seconds. In the 200m dash, Hicks placed second in a time of 26.40 seconds.

Also placing second on the track was first year Mairead Blatner (Northampton, Mass./Northampton) in the 5000m, posting a time of 20:00.89. Teammate Victoria Trezona (Naperville, Ill./North) was right behind in third place with a time of 21:48.88.

Ana Sosa-Ebert (Washington, D.C./Georgetown Day) was fourth overall in the 3000m, crossing with a time of 11:12.35. The Quakers placed two runners in scoring position in the 1000m, with Sophie Pickering (San Francisco, Calif./Bay School) finishing seventh (3:40.10) and Mia Kaplan (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) in a tie for eighth place (3:41.20).

Senior Megan Hut (Tiel, The Netherlands) was fifth in the 800m with a time of 2:34.70.

Earlham's 4 x 400m team of Hailey Beel (New Carlisle, Ohio/Tecumseh), Ellie Haland (Afton, Minn./Math and Science Academy), Jasmine Lorenzana (Northridge, Calif./Cleveland), and Lara Khalifeh ran to a sixth-place showing, turning in a time of 4:32.79.

In the field events, Annalee Wilson was sixth in the pole vault after clearing the bar at 9-6 1/4, while Esther Mano was eighth in the long jump with a leap of 14-10 1/2.

The Quakers finished fifth out of 13 teams in the field at the DePauw Indoor Invite with 54.5 points. Kentucky Wesleyan won the meet with 113 points, while Rose-Hulman was close behind in second place with 107.5 points.

Earlham women's track and field will travel to Anderson, Ind., next Saturday, Feb. 17, for the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

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