WOOSTER, Ohio – The Earlham College women's track and field team took first place in five different events on the track on its way to a fourth-place finish at the College of Wooster Fighting Scots Invitational, Saturday afternoon at the Scot Center.
Earlham charted 115 points, just narrowly falling in behind Allegheny College in third place with 117 points. The host squad from Wooster won the meet with 131.5 points.
QUAKER OF THE DAY
Senior Aishat Sadiq took first-place honors in the 60m dash with a personal best time of 8.08 – top time in the HCAC thus far this season. Sadiq also took second in the 200m dash (27.82), and ran a leg for the Quakers' first-place team in the 4x200m relay (1:49.34). Sadiq contributed to 28 of Earlham's 115 points on the day, between her individual and relay events.
- Sophomore Leilah Hicks took first place in the 200m dash (27.40), less than a second off her best time in the event this season. Hicks was fifth in the 60m dash (8.58), and also ran a leg for the Quakers in the 4x200m relay. She also ran the anchor for the Earlham team in the 4x400m relay (4:28.42), which posted the fourth-best time in the conference this season.
- Sophomore Ellie Haland won the mile run (5:30.40) with the fourth-best time to date in the HCAC. Haland also ran in the 800m, where she was second with a time of 2:24.25.
- First year Shianna Bellingham took first in the 5000m run (21:55.20).
- In addition the Sadiq and Hicks, sophomore Hailey Beel and first year Sarah Dickman rounded out the Earlham team in the 4x200m relay (1:49.34). Earlham's time in the 4x200m is the second-best time in the event this season in the HCAC. Joining Hicks on the 4x400m relay team were Haland, Beel, and sophomore Jasmine Lorenzana.
QUOTING THE COACH
Earlham Co-Head Coach Rob Hewitt: "Our women did such a great job creating energy and competing. We stressed to the team to focus on being competitors first and let the results follow. No doubt in the end we had an incredible day taking risks, setting PRs, and winning races and sections. It was a fun day for us."
Earlham women's track heads to Granville, Ohio, next Saturday, Feb. 2, to compete in the Denison University Bob Shannon Invitational.