Wilmington women back in regional rankings
Quakers No. 10 this week
October 4, 2011
The Wilmington College women's cross country is ranked No. 10 this week in the Great Lakes Region.
NEW ORLEANS — A strong showing at last week’s All-Ohio Championship has vaulted the Wilmington College women’s cross country team into the Great Lakes Region rankings, announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Quakers are ranked No. 10 this week in the powerhouse Great Lakes Region. The lofty ranking is not unprecedented — Wilmington spent several weeks in the Top 10 last season.
Head coach Ron Combs said making it back to the rankings could be more validating than getting there the first time.
“We broke in there a little bit last year, but hopefully this year we can break in there and make a little bit more noise at the end of the year than we did last year,” Combs said. “I don’t think the team is satisfied being a Top-4 team in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Last year, we went to the region and finished outside the Top 10. We’d definitely like to go back and really show that we belong in the Top 10 in the last race of the year.”
The Quakers feature what may be the team’s best ever 1-2 punch in junior Annie Cekada (Mineral Point, Pa./Central Cambria) and freshman Jenna Parlette (Miamisburg).
“That’s what could make us a dangerous team for the races at the end of the year,” Combs said. “Annie finished 17th in the region, and now we have a freshman running right there with her. If you can put two people in the front of the race like that, that takes a lot of pressure off the third, fourth and fifth runners, who are also running well at this point. I think we can be a surprise team at the end of the year.”