DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Earlham College women's track and field team captured three event titles on its way to a fourth-place finish at Saturday's 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at the George M. Smart Center.
The Earlham women's team tallied 73 points to finish fourth out of 10 teams, just seven points behind third-place Manchester. The fourth place showing is the best for Earlham women's track and field at the HCAC indoor meet since the Quakers joined the conference in 2010-11. Rose-Hulman won the HCAC indoor crown with 163 points, followed by Hanover with 131.50 points.
QUAKER ATHLETE OF THE DAY
Sophomore Ellie Haland claimed 16 points individually and another 15 points on Earlham relay teams to pace the Quakers to their fourth-place finish. She earned 10 points with her victory in the 800m run (2:21.78), and finished third in the mile run (5:22.86) to claim another six points for the Quakers. Haland also ran the third leg for Earlham's first-place team in the distance medley relay (DMR), and ran again for the Quakers in the 4x400m relay (4th, 4:21.54).
- Senior Aishat Sadiq claimed the crown as fastest woman in the HCAC after winning the 60m dash (7.93 seconds). She missed the Earlham record by .07 seconds. Sadiq earned six points with her third-place finish in the 200m dash (27.01 seconds), and also ran the lead leg for Earlham's second-place team in the 4x200m relay (1:47.85).
- Earlham's quartet of sophomore Jasmine Lorenzana, first year Natalia McIntyre, Haland, and first year Remy Haggerty won the DMR after clocking a time of 13:13.86.
- Sophomore Leilah Hicks finished third in the 200m dash (27.01 second), giving the Quakers a 2-3 finish in the event. She also ran the third leg for Earlham's 4x400m relay squad, and the second leg for the Quakers in the 4x200m relay.
- Rounding out the sprint relay teams for Earlham was sophomore Hailey Beel and first year Sarah Dickman in the 4x200m relay, and Beel and Lorenzana in the 4x400m relay.
- Haggerty earned four points with a fifth-place finish in the 3000m run (11:05.20).
- In the field events, sophomore Esther Mano placed sixth in the long jump with a mark of 16-2 ¼, earning three points for the Quakers. Mano also placed sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 30-10 1/4 to pick up another three points.
QUOTING THE COACH
Earlham Co-Head Track and Field Coach Rob Hewitt: "The women had a great day of incredible efforts that were highlighted by conference champions, school records, all-conference efforts, and PRs. Ellie Haland's energy was a huge current that helped carry us all to fourth overall, and improve upon our fifth-place showing at last year's meet."
Earlham women's track will open its outdoor season on March 15-16 at the Washington & Lee Invitational in Lexington, Va.