GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Five first-place finishes and depth that allowed the Quakers to have multiple scorers in nine events combined to propel Earlham College women's track and field to the team championships at the 2018 Indiana Division III Track and Field Championships, held Saturday at DePauw University's Blackstock Stadium.
The Quakers tallied 147 points to finish first in the state championship, edging out fellow Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference member Manchester University (143 pts.) by four points. Rose-Hulman was third with 125 points, followed by Hanover with 121 points. Anderson (84 pts.), DePauw (73 pts.), and Franklin (45 pts.) rounded out the field.
Earlham women's track finished eighth out of eight teams a year ago at the 2017 Indiana D-III meet.
Earlham dominated the sprint events, led by first-place showings by Aishat Sadiq in the 100m dash (12.55 seconds) and Leilah Hicks in the 200m dash (26.00 seconds), and a three-four finish by Hailey Beel (1:03.31) and Jasmine Lorenzana (1:05.15) in the 400m dash.
In the middle distance races, Ellie Haland finished second in the 800m run with a time of 2:24.67, and was third in the 3000m steeplechase with a mark of 12:23.20. Ana Sosa-Ebert was third in the 1500m run after crossing the finish line in 5:09.34.
Sosa-Ebert claimed a top result in the distance events as well with her first-place finish in the 5000m with a time of 19:28.01. Victoria Trezona crossed the finish line fourth in the 10,000m with a time of 47:07.23.
Earlham's depth was evident with a pair of first-place results in the relays. The Quakers won the 4 x 100m with a time of 49.77, and also captured the 4 x 400m in 4:06.40.
The Quakers also had a strong showing in the field events, led by Chloe Lamenzo's second-place showing in the triple jump (34-7) and fourth-place result in the long jump (15-10 1/4). Annalee Wilson placed third in the pole vault after clearing the bar at 10-2.
The Quakers return to the track next Saturday, April 21, when they head to Cincinnati, Ohio, to compete in the Mount St. Joseph Invitational.
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