Newcomers lead WC at Capital Invite
Wills wins pole vault with provisional mark
December 11, 2010
BEXLEY — Newcomers led the way as the Wilmington College women opened the indoor track and field season at the Capital University Purple and White Invitational on Saturday.
Sophomore Mackenzie Wills (Troy/Troy Christian) cleared 11-8 in her Wilmington College debut to win the pole vault. The effort also was an NCAA provisional mark.
Freshman Morgan Orr (Mount Orab/Western Brown) finished fifth in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:04.05. Orr qualified for the 55-meter dash final, but scratched, and took eighth in the long jump.
Freshman Sarah Gaskell (Troy/Troy Christian) finished third in the pole vault with a best effort of 9-6.25.
Senior Allyssa McMullen (Warsaw/Riverview) took fifth in the weight throw with an effort of 42-4.75.
“This meet is a great way to evaluate where we are right now,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said. “Those are good results. We had some nerves that caught up with us a little bit, but it was a strong performance out of the gate. Morgan is going to be a great one at Wilmington. Obviously, we are happy to have Mackenzie. She is going to be a factor in NCAA Division III. She has the ability to be an OAC champion and maybe an All-American. It was a good start for her and confidence booster for all of them.”