Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
ATHENS, Ohio – Backed by double-winner Nick Banke, The University of Akron men's track and field team finished runner-up while the women improved two positions to take third at the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships Saturday.
It was a career day for Banke, who contrinbuted 20 points to the Zips' team score while recording personal records in both the shot put and discus with winning marks of 58-04.25 and 183-11, respectively.
After fouling his first throw in the discus, Banke set personal records with each of his next two tosses. His first, going 180-09, would have been enough to win the event and his second went event farther at 183-11. The senior from Mishawaka, Ind., dominated the shot put as well as he out-threw the next closest competitor by nearly two full feet.
Also brining home an event title for the men's team was the 4x400-meter relay tandem of Nick Owens, Jake Hiltner, Sean Weems and J'Lani Pryce, which clocked a collective time of 3:15.07.
In all, Kent State captured the men's team title with 216 points with UA finishing just behind with 190. Cincinnati (174), Malone (72.50) and Ashland (52.50) rounded out the top-five finishers among the 12-team field.
Fueling the fire for the women's team, which started the day in fifth place out of 13 teams, was Alexis Cooks, who tallied 16 points after winning the discus with a mark of 171-02 and placing third in the shot put with a toss of 48-06.25, and Skyler Willis, who broke her own school record in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.84.
Like Banke, Cooks dominated the discus competition with three throws better than her next closest competitor. In fact, her winning toss was nearly eight full feet better than the top throw of Mary Bridges, who finished runner up for Cincinnati with a mark of 163-08.
Thanks in part to the 20 combined points from Cooks and Willis, the Zips women tallied 99 points as a team, finishing behind Ohio State, which won the team title with 212 points, and Kent State, which placed second with 148.
One day after dominating the javelin and pole vault events, the men's team scored 17 points in the 800-meter run as all four runners, led by runner-up Gabriel Genovesi (1:51.26), placed in the top eight. Following Genovesi's lead, Hiltner (1:51.31) came in third, Marcus Mazzaferri (1:55.05) placed seventh and James Gnecco (1:55.51) finished eighth.
The Zips also got a big boost in the 400-meter hurdles as Pryce, who took second with a time of 54.88, and Mitch Gordon, who came in fourth with a mark of 56.77), combined to contribute 13 points.
In addition to the winning performances from Willis and Cooks, the Zips women were also aided by strong efforts from their pole vault duo of Ariane Beaumont-Courteau and Chelsey Detwiler. Beaumont-Courteau finished runner-up in the event with a personal-record matching jump of 13-05.25 while Detwiler placed sixth with a clearance of 12-05.50.
Other notable performers on the women's side included Gabriela Szkolnicka, who finished runner-up in the high jump with a mark of 5-08.00 and the 4x400-meter relay group of JaQuana Threats, Shauniece Steele, Skyler Willis and Natalie Zidd, which placed third with a collective time of 3:50.12.
The Zips will next head to the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus, Ohio, next weekend.
MEN'S TEAM SCORES
1. Kent State (216), 2. Akron (190), 3. Cincinnati (174), 4. Malone (72.50), 5. Ashland (52.50), 6. Cedarville (38), 7. Ohio (28), 8. Ohio Dominican (14), 9. Dayton (8), 10. Walsh (8), 11. Shawnee State (2), 12. Rio Grande (1).
WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES
1. Ohio State (212), 2. Kent State (148), 3. Akron (99), 4. Cincinnati (96.50), 5. Ashland (69), 6. Ohio (67.50), 7. Miami (Ohio) (56), 8. Dayton (30), 9. Wright State (19), 10. Findlay (8), 11. Malone (6), 12. Cedarville (5), 13. Walsh (3).
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s track and field team won the 2013 Cardinal Invitational Friday afternoon after accumulating 227 points. Ball State took home first place in 12 events.
Five seniors were recognized for the years of commitment and dedication to Ball State track and field. Ball State would like to congratulate Allison Blanck, MaryKate Mellen, Lywanna Melvin, Janae Taylor, Emilee Zets.
IPFW would finish with 117 points while IUPUI earned 46 points.
Bowling Green, Ohio – Competing in blustery conditions that included strong winds and precipitation, the Bowling Green and Toledo women’s track and field teams battled to the wire Thursday. The Falcons, though, pulled out a 93-90 Senior Day victory in the first dual meet between the two rivals since 2000.
From 1987-2000, the two programs competed in a dual meet on a yearly basis (except for 1996) and the Falcons won nine of those 13 meetings. However, the two teams discontinued the annual event until picking it back up this year and the drama unfolded.
Bowling Green led by just one point heading into the final event, the 4x400 relay, meaning the winning team in the race would clinch victory for the team. The Falcons led wire-to-wire as freshman Taylor Rambo gave BGSU an early lead on the opening leg, while junior Jeanette Pettigrew and sophomore Brittany Sinclair held the advantage over the middle two legs. Senior Allison Weimer, who had already won the 100 earlier in the day, anchored the relay and pulled away as Bowling Green won by more than 13 seconds for the victory.
Because of the poor weather conditions, most competitors did not reach personal or season bests, but freshman Andrea Alt was one of the few exceptions. Running the 3000 steeplechase for the first time in her career, she exceeded the Mid-American Conference automatic qualifying mark by almost 10 seconds with a time of 10:55.98. Her time ranks fourth in the MAC this year.
Bowling Green showed its depth as the Falcons won eight individual events by eight different competitors. The Falcons also won both the 4x100 and the previously mentioned 4x400 relays.
In the 4x100, Kera Lamotte, Pettigrew, Sinclair and Weimer raced to a respectable time of 47.36 for the victory. Weimer added a victory in the 100 in 12.57 and Sinclair won the 400 hurdles in 1:06.51. Pettigrew blitzed the field in the 200 in 24.90 and Jasmine Redman won the 3000 by more than six seconds with a time of 10:27.01.
In field events, Krystin Reiser won the high jump with a leap of 5-feet-0.25 and Kayla Velasquez won the discus with a throw of 131-1. Shana Flanary posted a victory in the hammer throw with a toss of 161-10. Brooke Pleger, who ranks second in the country in the hammer throw, did not compete in the dual meet.
Bowling Green has two more weeks of the regular season to prepare for the MAC Championships. The Falcons will begin with split squad meets this weekend. Pleger and Pettigrew will compete in the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. while the rest of the squad will compete in the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus, Ohio.
LEWISBURG, PA – The University at Buffalo men's and women's track and field teams won a combined nine events and placed second in five as the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic concluded on Sunday. There was no team scoring at the meet.
The UB women took six events while the men won a pair of events. The Bulls swept the 4x100-meter relay races. The women's foursome of Jamiee McClary, Malayah White, Camaria Long and Crystal Graham set the Bucknell facility record with a 45.88 second clocking. The UB men posted a season-best time of 41.32 seconds as the team of Darien Johnson, Ryan Billian, Micah Oliver and Miles Lewis took the timed final.
Men's high jumper Chris Reape extended his school record in winning his event. Reape won the high jump at 6-11 (2.11m), adding three-quarters of an inch to the record he set at the Wake Forest Open earlier this season. Danielle Anderson set a season-best of 5-1.25 (1.56m) to tie for third in the women's high jump.
Shante' White won the women's hammer throw at 190-2 (57.96m) as the Bulls posted three of the top four finishers. Erin Miller finished third at 182-1 (55.51m) and Kristy Woods turned in a season-best throw of 177-1 (53.97m), an increase of more than three feet. White also placed second in the women's discus with a season-best throw of 155-2 (47.29m) with freshman Taylor Woods taking fifth at 136-6 (41.61m). Former UB All-American Becky O'Brien won the women's discus at 162-0 (49.37m). Evan Palmer finished third in the men's hammer throw at 194-5 (59.25m) and men's discus at 163-9 (49.92m). In the women's shot put, O'Brien won the event at 53-5 (16.28m) with three Bulls, Rachel Roberts (49-7, 15-11m), Kristy Woods (49-6.25, 15.09m) and Miller (47-10, 14.58m) taking the next three spots.
Jenna Van Dusen finished second in the women's pole vault at 12-8.25 (3.87m) adding more than 20 inches to her previous season-best height. Kelly Truppo finished third at 11-8.50 (3.57m).
The UB women also had five victories on the track on Sunday. Long won the 100-meters in 12.13 seconds, the fastest time by a UB woman this season. Malayah White finished second in 12.18 seconds. Long also won the 200-meters in 24.28, another season-best. Meghan Manley took the women's 800-meters in 2:09.80. UB also swept the women's hurdles events. Kristina Arcury claimed the 100-meter hurdles in a season-best 14.48 seconds while Donna Jeanty won the 400-meter hurdles in a season-best 1:02.10 with Regine Lazard also posting a season-best with her third-place finish of 1:02.71. The 4x400-meter relay team of Lazard, Jeanty, Gina Carnovale and Uwa Omorogbe finished third in 3:53.62.
For the UB men, Billian finished second in the men's 100-meters in 10.78 seconds while Johnson finished fourth in a season-best 10.93 seconds. Brian Crimmins set a season-best of 1:52.54 with his third-place finish in the men's 800-meters. Hurdlers Jacob Wray and Will Cole also posted season-best times in their races. Wray placed third in the men's 110-meter hurdles in 13.67 seconds and Cole took third in the 400-meter hurdles in 52.70 seconds. Don McCann finished third and Tomarris Bell placed fifth in the men's long jump as both achieved season-best marks. McCann cleared 22-8.50 (6.92m) while Bell leaped 22-2.25 (6.76m).
The Bulls are at the Upstate Challenge in Binghamton next Saturday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Central Michigan track and field team sent some of its best sprinters and hurdlers to the Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee on Friday.
“The competition was strong at Tennessee this weekend. It was good to see our kids come out strong and compete with some of the best,” said director of track and field Willie Randolph.
With a new personal best time of 14.15, senior Renaldo Powell finished fifth in the 110m hurdles. Powell’s 14.15 gives him the 28th best time in the east regional, 47th best time in the nation, according to TFRRS.com. The top-48 athletes in the East Region go on to compete at the NCAA East Regional in Releigh, N.C. on May 23.
Sophomore Bridget Doughty finished third in the women’s 400m-hurdle race with a time of 1:02.06. In the men’s race, junior Parker Scott took 12th, while freshman Ziemowit Dutkiewicz took 14th. Scott’s time was 53.60, while Dutkiewicz ran a 53.77. Both qualified for the 2013 MAC Outdoors Conference meet.
In the 400m races, junior Shawntoreah Turk finished 13th in the women’s race with a time of 57.27. On the men’s side, junior Clay Holman finished 16th with a mark of 49.07.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - After competing at the Sea Ray Relays on Friday, the Central Michigan track and field team sent the group of sprinters and hurdlers, with two long jumpers to the Hilltopper Relays at Western Kentucky University on Saturday.
“We used this weekend to prepare for the MAC Championship meet. Competing on back-to-back days tested this group of kids and they stepped up,” said director of track and field Willie Randolph.
All the athletes that competed placed within the top-10 in their events.
Following a third-place finish at Tennessee on Friday, sophomore Bridget Doughty was able to claim first in the 400m hurdles with a season-best time of 1:01.24.
In the men’s 400m hurdles, junior Parker Scott and freshman Ziemowit Dutkiewicz finished in fourth and fifth place respectively. Scott ran a 53.69, while Dutkiewicz ran 53.9.
Senior Renaldo Powell took second in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.39.
In the 200m races, juniors Clay Holman and Shawntoreah Turk finished eighth and 10th in their respective races. Holman ran a 22.01 in the men’s race while Turk ran a 25.40 in the women’s.
Holman also ran the 200m-race, placing sixth with a time of 48.98.
Sophomore Dee Smith qualified in the men’s long jump with a mark of 23-04.5. This mark gave Smith a third place finish. Freshman Craig Mauldin finished seventh with a mark of 21-00.5.
The Chippewas did not attend the NU Open at Northwood University due to weather conditions.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Two relay teams finished second to lead the Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team in the final day of the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., April 13.
A trio of freshman and a sophomore combined to place runner-up in the 4x100-meter relay as Vanessa Clerveaux, Aaliyah McKinney, Morgan Yeadon and Danielle Clark finished the race in 45.98. The Eagles showed its team depth from sprinters to distance runners as the team of Morgan Churchwell, Victoria Voronko, Marina Manjon-Rivadulla and Rachel Quaintance took second in the 4x1,500-meter relay with a time of 18:43.52.
Churchwell, the EMU senior and team co-captain, talked to Eagle All-Access earlier this week, mentioning she wanted to put together a good run in the 1,500-meter run that would automatically qualify her for the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships. She did just that, turning in a personal-best time of 4:31.38 in the showcase event to place third. That time not only breaks Churchwell's personal record by two seconds, but it also is the fastest time by a MAC runner this outdoor season.
After qualifying in the prelims on Saturday, April 12, and securing her spot in the MAC Outdoor Championships, McKinney took eighth in the 200-meter dash finals with a time of 24.61.
In the 400-meter dash showcase, senior Asia Rawls and freshman Latipha Cross raced neck-and-neck, finishing in 55.30 and 55.31 for places sixth and seventh, respectively. The duo teamed with Clark and Yeadon in the 4x400-meter relay for a time of 3:47.26.
The Green and White will take the track at home for the only time this outdoor season, hosting the EMU Twilight on Olds/Marshall Track, April 19-20. The meet is set to begin Friday, April 19, at 3 p.m.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Competing against the top pole vaulters at the Sea Ray Relays, Max Babits set a new personal-best, leading to a fifth-place finish as the Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team ended competition at the three-day meet down on the campus of the University of Tennessee, April 13.
Babits jumped 17-feet 0.75-inches (5.20 meters), keeping him at the fourth-best mark in EMU laurels and a few inches short of the outdoor record of 17-feet 5-inches (5.31 meters) by Mark Smith. Smith notched his place at the top of the EMU record books back in 1991.
In other field events, sophomore Solomon Ijah leaped 22-feet 4.25-inches (6.81 meters) for an 11th-place mark in the high jump before throwing the javelin 167-feet 5-inches (51.04 meters) to end in ninth. Freshman Julius Collier tossed 158-feet 3-inches (48.24 meters) to take the 11th spot.
After earning the title of Most Outstanding Performer at the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships, Feb. 22-23, Grzegorz Kalinowski began his 2013 outdoor season with a fourth-place finish in the showcase division of the 1,500-meter run. Kalinowski crossed the finish line in 3:49.19 while teammate Ian Hancke turned in a time of 4:15.45 to place ninth.
A pair of EMU relay teams finished fourth in their respective events. The quartet of Chris Scott, Wayne Blanchard, Cameron Bolton and Jay Saunders finished the 4x100-meter relay in 41.12. In the 4x800-meter relay, Tyler Ross, Josh George, Kalinowski and Scott Bradley combined for a time of 7:34.72.
To round out the relays for the Green and White, the team of Matthew Williams, Bolton, Jeff Elam and Scott placed sixth in the 4x400-meter relay, completing the race in 3:11.20.
The Eagles will take the track at home for the only time this outdoor season, hosting the EMU Twilight on Olds/Marshall Track, April 19-20. The meet is set to begin Friday, April 19, at 3 p.m.
ATHENS, Ohio – The Kent State men's and women's outdoor track and field teams turned in a sensational effort today (April 13) at the All-Ohio Track and Field Championships hosted by Ohio University's Goldsberry Track.
On the men's side, the Golden Flashes won the overall title in the 12-team field with 216 points to pass second-place Akron who scored 190. The women's team earned overall runner-up honors in the 13-team field with 148 points, finishing behind Ohio State's 212 total. Akron was third on the women's side with 99 points.
The All-Ohio meet featured Division I, II and NAIA Ohio schools. Team standings were split into two flights: Division I and Division II/NAIA.
It didn't matter what group the Flashes were in for the men's competition as they were dominant en route to the title.
Freshman Wayne Gordon (Amherst, N.Y.) won the 100-meter dash in 10.57 seconds; senior Brandon Bailey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won the 400 in 47.21; and sophomore Jacob Swords (Akron, Ohio) won the 800 in 1:50.94.
Sophomore Miles Dunlap (McDonald, Ohio) placed first in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.96.
The 400 relay also took top honors as Gordon joined junior Cody Seifert (Bowling Green, Ohio), freshman William Barnes (Columbus, Ohio) and junior Nate Scales (Hilliard, Ohio) to finish in 41.67.
Kent State placed 1-2 in the high jump with senior Kenneth Agee (Shaker Heights, Ohio) winning the title with a leap of 2.03 meters.
The Flashes also swept the top three spots in the decathlon with senior Dexter Shreve (Redkey, Ind.) scoring 6,750 points to win the title.
In the women's competition, the Flashes had several standout efforts including sophomore Chanitta Westbrooks (Cleveland, Ohio) who won the 200 title in 24.26.
Freshman Dior Delophont (Nancy, France) won the triple jump with a leap of 12.55 meters, while junior Joh'vonnie Mosley (Youngstown, Ohio) placed first in the shot put with a toss of 16.08 meters.
Both the men's and women's teams return to action April 19-20 when they travel to Columbus, Ohio for the Jesse Owens Classic.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Records continued to fall Saturday at the Sea Ray Relays, as the Miami University women’s track and field team broke the 4x400m relay school record at the University of Tennessee-hosted meet, while the rest of the RedHawks placed seventh at the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Ohio University, despite being short-handed.
After seeing three school records fall and another tied Friday, the 4x400m relay team of seniors Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio), Diona Graves (Fenton, Mo.) and Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.), and freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.) combined to continue the trend, setting a new program standard with a time of 3:39.82. In doing so, the RedHawks took first place in the race, as well, finishing 0.03 seconds ahead of UConn, while Purdue was third, the host Volunteers were fourth and Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan was fifth. The quartet topped the previous record of 3:40.90, set last year, by over a second.
Graves, who ran on the previous relay record-holding team, broke both the 100m and 200m dash school records yesterday (Friday) while Baggett tied the 100m hurdles mark. Baggett, Graves, Allen and junior Erica Mudd (Cincinnati, Ohio) opened the day at Tom Black Track by placing sixth in the 4x100m relay showcase race, clocking 46.46.
ATHENS, Ohio – After scoring 34 points on day one of the All-Ohio Championships, the RedHawks finished seventh out of 13 teams (that scored), despite missing its top sprinters and hurdlers, as Miami totaled 56 points. Ohio State won the meet with 212 points, while MAC foe Kent State was second with 148 and Akron third with 99. Local rival Cincinnati was fourth (96.5), Ashland fifth (69) and the host Bobcats (67.5) sixth.
Redshirt junior Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) crossed in fourth in the 100m hurdles to earn five points in a season-best 14.34, while a pair of Ohio State runners went 1-2. Junior Xerina Hughey (Galloway, Ohio) was 10th in the 100m hurdles in a season-best 14.74, while she placed 12th in a personal-best 25.85 in the 200m dash. Zaper, meanwhile, collected three more points by finishing sixth in the high jump, clearing 1.63m/5-4.25.
Freshman Brenna Poulsen (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned fourth in the 5000m run in a season-best 17:43.38 to collect five more points.
Freshman Laura Bess (Brownsburg, Ind.) finished fifth in the 800m run in 2:12.18 while sophomore Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) was seventh in a personal-best 2:12.59, which cracks Miami’s all-time top-10 list. The two combined for six points in the event. In the 1500m, sophomore Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) was ninth and senior Monica Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio) was 10th in 4:45.39 and 4:46.25, respectively.
In the throws, sophomore Adaora Anunike (Galena, Ohio) and redshirt senior Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) grabbed three points by claiming seventh and eighth, respectively, in the discus. Anunike had a heave of 45.58m/149-6 while Gable reached a mark of 44.06m/144-6. Gable also took ninth in the shot put with a push of 13.52m/44-4.25.
For a recap of day one action at the Sea Ray Relays and the All-Ohio Championships, click here.
Miami is scheduled to return to action next weekend at the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus April 19-20, hosted by Ohio State, while select runners will travel to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. The schedule is subject to change, however.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Northern Illinois track & field team wrapped up competition at the Sea Ray Relays Saturday with Huskies competing in four events.
The highlight of the day came from NIU's 4x100 relay team, which placed fifth with a time of 47.73.
"The second day of competition did not yield the results the staff was looking for," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "However, we did see some improvement in technique. We hope to get outside this week to fine tune and prepare for our home competition."
Composed of Alicia Osley, Chanel Kellyman, Brittany Smith and Megan Gregory, the NIU 4x100 relay earned a top five finish on the day by beating out Division II power Bellarmine, Eastern Kentucky and Southeast Missouri State in the final standings. Their time of 47.73 was the Huskies' best time in the event since the Texas Relays.
In the shot put, Sidra Sherrill tossed 44-05.50 (13.55m) to take 14th place in the highly competitive field that included multiple All-American Felisha Johnson of Indiana State and Purdue's Dani Branch. Fellow Huskie Olivia Herzog placed 22nd with a distance of 38-05.00 (11.71m).
Alex Schad rounded out NIU's competitors on the day in the long jump. The sophomore leapt 16-08.50 (5.09m) to claim 20th place.
The Huskies come back to DeKalb next weekend to host the 2013 Huskie Open Saturday, April 20. The action gets underway at 10 a.m. at the NIU Track & Field Complex. Meanwhile, NIU's Meghan Heuer and Jamie Burr will take part in the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays Thursday in southern California, in addition to running in the Beach Invitational Saturday morning.
ATHENS, Ohio – Junior Melissa Thompson won the 1,500m run and placed third in the 5,000 meters to lead the Ohio University women’s track & field team to a fifth place finish Saturday at the Goldsberry Track on campus.
Thompson earned 16 of the Bobcats 67.5 points en route to the team’s fifth place finish among competing Division I programs. Ohio State won the women’s portion of the meet with 212 points.
On the men’s side, Kent State finished first with 216 points, while Akron placed second with 190 points.
“I think the meet went very well. The performances by all of the schools were exceptional and some of the marks were of national caliber,” head coach Clay Calkins said. “We’re very happy to host this event every three years and hopefully that can continue in the future.”
Thompson won the 1,500m in a season-best 4:34.97, just two seconds off of her personal best. It marked the fourth-fastest time among MAC competitors this season.
“This was a physically and mentally tough race for me today,” Thompson said. “It was a very stacked 1,500m with some very high-caliber athletes. I love running the 1,500 and I’m happy I got it done today.”
Thompson followed up that performance with a third-place finish in the 5,000m run. In arguably the most exciting closing lap of Saturday’s action, Thompson found herself in eighth with just 400m remaining, but broke into an all-out sprint in the final half of the lap to pass four runners and grab the third-place finish.
The Westerville, Ohio, native was one of three Bobcats to earn points in the 5,000m. Freshman Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester, Ohio) placed sixth (17:48.85) in just her first time running the event, while fellow freshman Krista Roehlig (Uniontown, Ohio) finished in seventh place in 17:52.26.
“I loved the atmosphere and how competitive the race was,” Scott said. “I raced against a lot of the other runners in high school so going against them again was even more competitive with greater stakes this time around.”
In field events, sophomore Chanda Cuckler placed seventh in the high jump (1.63m) to earn 1.5 points for the Bobcats, while sophomore Janiece Rose (Franklinville, N.J.) finished 10th in the shot put with a throw of 13.19m.
A quartet of Bobcats also posted a point for Ohio in the 4x400 meter relay by finishing seventh in 3:59.68. The team was composed of senior Kiley Mathews (Cortland, Ohio), junior Kara Jackson (Bidwell, Ohio), sophomore Karissa Conrad (Lancaster, Ohio) and senior Danielle Winningham (Barboursville, W. Va.).
The Bobcats return to action next weekend (April 19-20) with a trip to Columbus to take part in the Jesse Owens Classic.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Western Michigan track and field team wrapped up the final day of competition at the SeaRay Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee on Saturday afternoon.
The Broncos competed in five relays, mixed with some individual events, and managed to finish in the top five in each of them.
"I was really pleased with today," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "I thought we did a nice job of competing and the relays went well."
WMU took second in the distance medley relay with a time of 12:20.12. Destinee Lukianoff led off the race for the Broncos and put the squad in second when handing it off to redshirt freshman Jordan Anderson. Anderson and Emily McAnsh slipped to third before Alex Forsythe's mile anchor leg brought them back into second place ahead of Eastern Kentucky.
The Broncos took third in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 9:00.81. Aisha Hodge led off the race, running a split of just over 2:10. She was followed by Rachel Whitley, Cara Cremeans and finally Jeriesha Tucker on the anchor. The Broncos were able to edge out fourth place Wisconsin, who they finished just under .50 seconds ahead of.
Western Michigan added two new pieces in the 4x100-meter relay and took third with a time of 46.41 seconds. Freshman Artia Gunn ran lead-off and Lindsey Hufnagel ran the anchor as the new cogs on the squad with Andrea Arnold and Iris Campbell handling the middle legs. The new approach led to WMU posting its best time of the season.
Hufnagel, Campbell and Arnold also contributed to the 4x400-meter relay squad's fifth-place finish. The top five of Miami (Ohio), Connecticut, Purdue, Tennessee and WMU all finished withing under one second with Miami taking first with a time of 3:39.82 and the Broncos finishing with a time of 3:40.57. Sophomore Kathryn Pickett also ran as a part of the team, helping them to their best mark of the season.
Campbell competed individually in the 200-meter dash, finishing in seventh with a time of 24.18 seconds. In the discus invitational Andrea Hiler took fifth place with a distance of 48.40 meters (158-09), while Stephanie Negrete placed ninth.
"We just haven't had a chance to do any real qualify training outside because of the weather," added Lycan. "We are competing very well but just stuck running in some decent, not slow, times but we haven't caught fire yet."
The Broncos head to Ypsilanti, Mich., for the Central Collegiate Invitational on Saturday, April 6.