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Women record victory in dual, while men fall

September 21, 2012

WILMINGTON – In a head-to-head dual event with Ohio Athletic Conference rival Muskingum, the women’s cross country team dominated the race in posting the victory, while a week after beating the Muskies at Cedarville – the men lost.

In the women’s race, each member ran two miles, alternating four times for the total distance of eight miles. The top three relays scored for each team.

Wilmington’s three pairs finished first, second and fourth, respectively to help the Fightin’ Quakers to the win. The duo of senior Brittany Gibbons (Pleasant Plain, OH/Blanchester) and sophomore Tricia Steffen (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) won the race completing the eight miles course in 48:40.

“I thought the women ran well,” said head coach Ron Combs. “I am happy with the way we ran. It was a strong effort on our home course. I split Jenna (Parlette) and Tricia (Steffen) up to give up two strong teams instead of a dominating team and it worked as they finished first and second.”

Sophomore Jenna Parlette (Miamisburg, OH/Miamisburg) and senior Karlee Michael (Alexandria/Johnstown-Monroe) came in second with a time of 50:24, while the final scoring pair was freshman Mary Ann Krebs (Kettering, OH/Archbishop Alter) and sophomore Veronica Burnam (New Richmond, OH/New Richmond) in 52:35.

After Muskingum took first and second in the men’s race, Wilmington took the next three of the next four places but with only the top three teams posting scores – it was too big of a deficit to overcome.

In the men’s race, each member ran two miles, alternating six times for the total distance of 12 miles. The top three relays scored for each team.

The top Wilmington pair of junior Alek Erwin (South Vienna, OH/Northeastern) and junior Myles Corcoran (Wilmington, OH/Clinton-Massie) finished third in a time of 1:01.10, about 30 seconds from a second-place finish. They were followed by junior Brad Kline (Circleville, OH/Circleville) and sophomore Jake Simpkins (Germantown, OH/Valley View), who finished in 1:02.43. The final scoring pair was sophomore Rob King (Washington Court House, OH/Miami Trace) and senior Chad Hirschauer (Cincinnati, OH/Milford) in a time of 1:03.08.

“We are kinda fighting some sickness and not hitting on all cylinders,” said Combs. “We get another shot at Muskingum in a week and a half. I am excited for that match-up again.”

Both teams are off this weekend, and will return to the course on Saturday, September 29th for the All-Ohio meet at Cedarville.