A winning start for women's track & field

A winning start for women's track & field

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Layla Wilks won the sprinting events and ShaQuoria Thompson won the throwing events to lead the Albion College women's track & field team to first place in its first indoor competition of the season.

Albion was first out of six teams assembled for the Robert H. Johnson Open. The Britons finished with 141 points, 38 ahead of second-place St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Wilks was the leader as Albion collected a bunch of points in the sprints.

Albion rolled up 28 points in the 60-meter event. Wilks reached the finish line in 8.06 seconds, for a .16 second margin of victory over teammate Chalara Sutton. Alexis McGinley finished fourth, Cianna Brown was fifth and Emily Kinser was sixth.

Wilks set a winning time of 26.54 seconds in the 200 meters as Albion collected 21 points in the event. Sutton was fourth, Brown was fifth and Kinser was sixth.

Sutton, Brown and Kinser joined Lauren McDowell for a runner up finish in the 4x400 relay. The Britons achieved a time of 4:27.72.

Albion also scored 21 points in the weight throw. Thompson's best attempt was measured at 51' 7". Anna Albaugh was the runner up and Shelbi Etherington finished fourth.

Thompson set a winning throw of 39' 5 ¾" in the shot put. Albaugh was fifth.

Ashley Dubois produced Albion's other first place finish in the field, competing unopposed in the triple jump. Her first attempt – 32' 1" – was her best.

Dubois also finished fourth in the 300 meters.

Cedria Grant produced a first place finish for Albion in the 60-meter hurdles, reaching the finish in 10.01 seconds.

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Joe and Julie Serra have given a $5 million leadership gift to launch a fundraising initiative to make two dreams a reality at Albion College. The first is a newly expanded fitness and student activity facility at the site of the current Dow Recreation and Wellness Center. The second is a new or renovated competition facility for the volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball teams that currently call Kresge Gymnasium home.

The College is continuing to raise funds in support of both projects. To learn more, call 517/629-0446 or email advancement@albion.edu