DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Earlham College track and field team had a trio of top-three finishes at the Dick Small Invitational hosting by Defiance College on Friday evening.
On the women's side, sophomore Rachel Wilkins finished second in the 800-Meter Run with a season-best-time of 2:30.15, finishing just over three seconds behind the winner, Isabelle Leon of Olivet College.
Junior Annalee Wilson finished in a tie for second place in the Pole Vault, vaulting a season-best 9' 5 ¾". Michaela Kalinek of Olivet also vaulted 9' 5 ¾".
The Quakers also had four of their five runners set personal bests in the 200-Meter Dash led by Lydia Harvey with a six-place finish. The Germantown Friends alumnae ran the dash in 29.21, setting a new personal record by 0.64 seconds.
On the men's side, junior Marcaus Cooper won the Triple Jump with a vault of 39' 9 ¼", beating the field by over three feet.
Senior Gabriel Penk placed sixth in the Mile Run, finishing the race in 4:37.57. The Portland, Oregon native was the second individual from a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) school to cross the finish line. Alex Gudeman of Manchester University finished fifth with a time of 4:31.55.
Nine of the 11 men's sprinters set personal bests including senior Akul Sharma with his time of 24.65 in the 200-Meter Dash earning him seventh-place finish.
"This meet was a great step forward for the group heading into the HCAC Championships," co-head track and field coach Rob Hewitt said. "We have good momentum right now."
Earlham will compete in the HCAC Championships in Terre Haute next Saturday.