Stief, Cekada run to All-OAC honors
WC women finish 8th at conference championship
February 26, 2011
Kelsey Stief (at left) and Annie Cekada ran to All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors.
BEREA — Kelsey Stief and Annie Cekada ran to All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors as Wilmington College ended competition Saturday in the OAC Indoor Track and Field Championship, hosted Baldwin-Wallace College.
The Quakers finished eighth overall with 30 points. Baldwin-Wallace won the team title with 168.5 points.
“We have limited numbers, which means limited opportunities to score points. But our girls did a great job of scoring points when the opportunities were there,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said. “There were some tremendous individual and collective efforts this weekend. I’m really proud of how we went out and competed.”
Stief (Upper Sandusky) finished third in the 1,000-meter run in 3:08.22. The senior’s effort narrowly missed Brittany Wolf’s 2007 school record of 3:07.06.
“Kelsey had a huge race,” Combs said. “She has really dug down and done the little things this year, which has made a world of difference for her. She really wants to go out with a bang. She ran a perfect race today. She got into a little bit of trouble, but re-accelerated and finished strong to get the all-conference finish.”
Cekada (Mineral Point, Pa./Central Cambria) finished third in the 5,000-meter run. Her 18:15.23 was just off her own school record set last season.
“Annie had it stacked against her,” Combs said. “She had the Ohio Northern train — all three of those girls just dogging her the whole way. She handled it very well, fought through it and got herself another all-conference place.”
Ashley Mast (Johnstown/Johnstown-Monroe) exploded for a seventh-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:27.52.
“Ashley had a gigantic race to grab us some points,” Combs said. “That was a new PR by more than 5 seconds. It’s nice to see kids make improvement, but it’s even more impressive when they do it on a big stage like the conference championship.”
Wilmington also scored in the 4x400 relay as Morgan Orr (Mount Orab/Western Brown), Colleen Romeo (Pleasant Plain/Goshen), Anna Foote (Pleasant Plain/Goshen) and Stief ran to an eighth-place finish.
“We know we don’t have the numbers to climb into the top half of the standings, but we’re going to take the same approach into the outdoor season. When you don’t have the quantity, you focus on the quality,” Combs said.