Track and Field Weekend Results

Updated 1/28/2013

Akron 
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The University of Akron track and field program captured a pair of event wins and threatened two school records on the first day of the Penn State National Friday night at Ashenfelter Indoor Track.

It was a dominating performance in all for the Zips men pole vaulters, who swept the top three spots in the competition. Shawn Barber, who is the nation's top-ranked pole vaulter, led the way with a jump of 17-08.50 and was followed by Joe Wesley (16-08.75) and Shawn Light (16-04.75).
 
In similar fashion, Alexis Cooks and Brittany Funk continued to command the weight throw competition by claiming the top two spots for the third consecutive weekend. For the second straight week, it was Cooks who had the upper hand with a winning toss of 66-04.25. Funk beat out the third-place competitor, Penn State's Melissa Kurzdorfer (61-02.00), by more than a foot with a throw of 62-02.25.
 
Kyle Cochrun, who set the school record in the 5,000-meters last winter, finished third overall in the event Friday with the fifth-fastest time in Zips history. The sophomore crossed the line in 14:45.58.
 
Brittany Cheese, who placed fifth in the women's long jump with a leap of 18-07.25, was one of two Zips to advance to the semifinals in the 60-meter hurdles. Cheese qualified with a time of 8.65 to match a personal record and tie her for fifth place on the school's all-time list. Teammate Skyler Willis also qualified with a PR, crossing the line in 8.75 during the preliminaries. Cheese and Willis finished 10th and 14th respectively in the semifinal round.
 
On the men's side, Tyshaun Peoples ran a time of 7.97 in the 60-meter hurdles but didn't qualify for the tightly-contested finals and two-sport newcomer Bryce Cheek continued to impress in the 60-meters, placing sixth with a time of 6.92.
 
Ball State 
MARION, Ind. - - Led by four event victories from its distance runners, the Ball State indoor track & field team turned in a strong showing at the 2013 IWU Invitational hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University at the Troyer Fieldhouse.
 
In all, the Cardinals tallied five event victories, 21 personal-best efforts and 29 top five finishes at Saturday's meet for its best showing of the young season.
 
Senior MaryKate Mellen continued her strong season by placing first in the mile run (5:08.38), placing second in the 3,000m run (10:26.89 which ties her career-best time) and running anchor for the first-place distance medley relay (12:26.83).
 
Mellen was joined on the winning DMR by freshman Katelyn DeVries, senior Emilee Zets and sophomore Courtney Edon. Edon would join Mellen as a two-event winner by taking home the title in the 3,000m run (10:23.99), while DeVries turned in a career-fast clocking of 2:22.15 to place second in the 800m run.
 
BSU's fourth distance event victory came from senior Allison Blanck who took home the title in the 5,000m run by crossing the finish line in 18:57.13.
 
Ball State's fifth event victory came in the triple jump, with freshman Zenée Gadson turning in a career-best leap of 11.39m/37-4.5 to win the event by 0.99m/3-3. Gadson would also place 10th in the long jump (5.17m/16-11.5) and ninth in the 60m dash (8.17)
 
The Ball State indoor track & field team returns to action Feb. 1-2, when it travels to Notre Dame, Ind., for the Meyo Invitational.
 
Bowling Green 
Bowling Green, Ohio – The Bowling Green indoor track and field swept the top three spots in the 200 and 400, while placing first and third in the 60, as the Falcons hosted the Tom Wright Classic Friday night in Perry Field House. In all, Bowling Green won four events, took second in five events and finished third in eight more at the meet that included Miami (Ohio), Ohio and Wayne State.
 
One of the most impressive individual performances came in the 400, where senior Allison Weimer was more than a full second better than any other competitor and just missed the Mid-American Conference automatic qualifying mark with a time of 57.67. It was a personal best for Weimer just a week after posting a converted time of 57.75 at Michigan’s Simmons-Harvey Invitational for a personal best.
 
Freshman Berrion Berry continued to lower her 60 time, running a 7.94 in the prelims and then winning the finals with a time of 7.86. It marked the first time she ran a sub-8.00 second 60 in a Bowling Green uniform. Allorian Horne ended third in 7.97 seconds.
 
In the 200, Horne edged out teammate Felicia Jefferson with a time of 25.83 to take first place. Jefferson’s time of 25.84 was good enough for second, following by Kera Lamotte in third at 26.61.
 
The Falcons also won the 1600 relay as Natalie Sommerville, Jefferson, Brittany Sinclair and Weimer ran a 3:56.97 to beat their teammates across the line by more than three seconds.
 
In the weight throw, sophomore Brooke Pleger has won the event each time Bowling Green has competed, but she was given the weekend off. Instead, Kayla Velasquez and Nicolette Johnson stepped up to place second and third with tosses of 15.69 meters and 15.40 meters, respectively.
 
For the fourth consecutive meet, Demetra Taylor improved her personal best in the 60 hurdles. She ran a season best 9.08 in the prelims and then improved to 9.05 in the finals to finish second.


Bufffalo
GENEVA, OH – The University at Buffalo men's and women's track and field teams won eight events and posted seven second-place finishes as the SPIRE Midwest Open came to a conclusion on Saturday.

Brooklynn Ventura won the women's 60-meter hurdles in 8.53 seconds, just missing her school record by a hundredth of a second. Ventura was one of three Bulls in the finals as Kristina Arcury finished sixth in 9.11 and Sabrina Bush was ninth in 9.37.
 
Meghan Manley led a trio of women's finishers among the top five in the 800-meters. Manley turned in a season-best mark of 2:12.68 to win the race. Leah Wightman was third in 2:15.34 and Jackie Burns was fifth in 2:17.34, a season-best.
 
The UB women also took a pair of distance races. In the 3,000-meters, Kara Patrick won the race in 10:05.75, 15 seconds better than her previous best. Kaitlin McCadden (10:28.35) and Katie Sanders (10:30.28) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. In the 5,000-meters, Chrissy Clarkin won in 18:15.74.
 
In the throws, Shante' White led a trio of women to the top three slots in the weight throw. White won with a toss of 63-6 (19.35m) with Kristy Woods second at 57-6.25 (17.53m) and Erin Miller third at 55-6.50 (16.93m). Miller won the women's shot put with a toss of 45-10 (13.97m). Miller won the event on her final throw of six attempts.
 
Second-place finishes for the UB women included Shelby Janutol in the mile (5:03.54), Jasmine Thompson in the triple jump (35-1, 10.69m) and the 4x400-meter relay (3:50.52) of Crystal Graham, Donna Jeanty, Regine Lazard and Asher Beasley.
 
In the men's meet, Ryan Billian led four Bulls to the top seven spots in the 60-meter hurdles final. Billian won the race in 7.98 seconds, taking .16 seconds from his previous top mark. Jacob Wray was third at 8.35 with Brandon Borden fourth in 8.49 and Kevin Enck seventh in 8.84.
 
Austin Ashby and Tomarris Bell took the top two spots in the men's triple jump. Ashby won the competition with a season-best leap of 45-2.25 (13.77m), adding more than three feet to his top mark. Bell finished second at 43-11.25 (13.39m).
 
In the men's shot put, Jonathan Jones, Evan Palmer and Sean Harvey finished second, fourth and fifth, respectively, as they placed behind former UB All-American Rob Golabek, representing the Syracuse Chargers club program. Jones turned in a top throw of 60-8.50 (18.50m) for a new season-best. Palmer at 55-2 (16.81m) and Harvey at 51-8.25 (15.75m) also posted season-best throws. Golabek set a facility record with a winning throw of 64-5 (19.63m), more than a foot better than his UB school record.
 
Miles Lewis also finished second in the men's 60-meters in 6.87 seconds with Darien Johnson placing fourth in 7.00 seconds. Mike Morgan was second in the men's long jump at 21-8.25 (6.61m).
 
The Bulls will participate in the Penn State Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup next Saturday.


Central Michigan 
ALLENDALE - The Central Michigan men's and women's track and field squads both finished third at the GVSU Quad Saturday.

Mid-American Conference foe, Eastern Michigan won the womem's side with a score of 166.50, followed by Grand Valley State (162), CMU (97) and Hillsdale finished with 67.5 points. On the men's side, GVSU won with score of 164.5, EMU came in second with 154.5, CMU with 124 and Hillsdale in fourth with 61 points.
 
"We still knew we didn't have people in their main events, we were not trying to double and triple up, we are trying to get things done for the next four weeks ahead.' Director of Track and Field, Willie Randolph said. "When it comes to scoring, Grand Valley and Eastern's focus and objectives were different than ours. We know that our main objective is being ready when it is important and the score needs to stick."
 
In the women's field events, three freshmen put together strong performances. Freshman Marsielle McBeam finished third in women's high jump with a height of 1.70m, qualifying for MAC Indoor Championships. Freshman Shaya Wilkerson won the triple jump with a leap of 11.57m and freshman Devene Brown took third in women's shot put with a throw of 13.42m.
 
On the track, Diamond Hamilton finished second in the women's 60m dash (7.74), and fourth in the 200 (25.21). Bridget Doughty finished second in the 400 (56.84).
 
Senior Maddie Ribant finished 5th in the mile (5:01.06).
 
Junior Krista Parks took third in 9:54.93 in the 3000m run, qualifying for MAC Championships.
 
On the track for the men's squad, junior Ryan Brooks bested teammate junior Ross Parsons to finish give the Chippewas the top two spots in the 60m dash. Brooks ran a 6.91, while Parsons ran a 6.92. Brooks time was a personal record and qualified him for the MAC championships.
 
Parsons also finished fourth in the 200m (22.22), with teammate junior Clay Holman right behind in fifth with a time of 22.23.
 
Nathan Sanchez took fourth in the 800m dash, with a personal record and qualifying time of 1:52.74.
 
Sophomores Kyle Stacks and Ethan Lievense finished second and third in the men's mile with new person best as Stack rans a 4:09.36 and Lievense a 4:10.03. Lievense's time qualified him for the MAC indoor championships.
 
Cory Noeker took second in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.25, freshman Chaz Bradshaw finished fourth (8.36), and Brandon Piligian set a new personal record, finishing sixth with a time of 8.40.
 
In the field events for the men's squad, sophomore Dee Smith finished second in the long jump with a leap of 6.94m. Senior Alex Rose took second in the shot put with a throw of 16.99m, a MAC Championship qualifying Mark
 
On Friday, at the Indiana Relays at the University of Indiana, senior Maddie Ribant, sophomores Ethan Lievense and Kyle Stacks all qualified for the MAC Championship in the 3000m race.
 
Ribant took fifth in the women's 3000m invitational run with a time of 9:45.25.
 
Stacks won the men's 3000m invitational run with a time of 8:18.81, also giving him a new personal best. Lievense finished fifth the same race with a time of 8:22.57, giving him a new personal record by almost six seconds.
 
"This weekend we mainly focused on being a team and working on chemistry to get things done moving forward."
 
Select Chippewas will be competing at the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.
 
Eastern Michigan 
ALLENDALE, Mich.  –  The Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team proved its No. 9 national rank in the Track and Field News Magazine's dual meet rankings by defeating three teams in the Grand Valley State University Quad , Saturday afternoon, Jan. 26, in the Kelly Family Sports Center.
 
Eastern's 166.50 points narrowly bested host Grand Valley State, who scored 162 points. Central Michigan took third with 97 points, and Hillsdale tallied 67.50 points.
 
“Grand Valley was the NCAA Division II Champion in both indoor and outdoor track last year, and they are ranked #1 in D2 this season, so we knew that it would be a very tough meet.,” noted head coach Sue Parks. “We are pleased to come away with a win in our last scored competition before the MAC meet.  We still have many things to work on over the next few weeks, but I'm pleased that we're showing improvement each week.”
 
Victoria Voronko and Vanessa Clerveaux each took home a pair of victories as the Eagles won eight events in all during the meet. Clerveux won both 60-meter races, winning the dash in 7.69 while taking the hurdles in 8.51. The freshman finished her solid afternoon with a third-place showing in the triple jump.
 
Voronko raced to the top of the podium in the mile and the 3,000-meter run. Her mile time of 4:50.43 marked the sixth fastest time in school history. The Moscow, Russia native recorded a 9:44.40 in the 3,000-meter run, good enough for fourth in the EMU record books.
 
The Eagles capped off a sweep in the sprints with victories in the 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash and the 4x400-meter relay. Danielle Clark crossed the finish line in 25.11 to take the 200-meter dash, and Asia Rawls won the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.56. The 4x400-meter relay team of Clark, Morgan Yeadon, Latipha Cross and Rawls finished ahead of the pack in 3:46.63. 
 
Tatijana Jacobson took home the lone victory in the field events for the Eagles. The team captain leaped 1.74 meters to take top honors in the high jump.
 
Eastern travels out of state for the first time this season to compete in the Meyo Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame, Feb. 1-2.
 
Men's
ALLENDALE, Mich.
 –  Ranked No. 8 in the nation according to Track and Field News Magazine's dual meet rankings, the Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team finished runner-up in the Grand Valley State University Quad, Saturday afternoon, Jan. 26, in the Kelly Family Sports Center.
 
Host Grand Valley State won the event with 164.50 points as EMU came in a close second with 154.50 points. Central Michigan and Hillsdale rounded out the field, scoring 124 and 61, respectively.
 
EMU took home eight victories from seven different Eagles as well as a victory in the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet of Jeff Elam, Tyler Ross, Jason Ervin and Cameron Bolton crossed the finish line first in 3:14.67.
 
Individually, Bolton won the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.15 as fellow Eagle Matthew Williams finished fourth. Williams raced to victory in the 200-meter dash in 21.88 as teammate Jay Saunders placed runner-up in 22.09.
 
The Eagles swept the three distance races on the afternoon. A time of 1:51.40 in the 800-meter run by Grzegorz Kalinowski was good enough for first place. Terefe Ejigu won the mile in 4:07.31, and Harry Dixon took the 3,000-meter run by crossing the finish line in 8:24.67.
 
Max Babits and Solomon Ijah brought back victories in field events. Babits continued his strong season with a 5.05-meter vault in the pole vault while Ijah won his first triple jump of the season, leaping 14.41 meters.
 
Eastern Michigan will travel out of state for the first time this season to compete in the Meyo Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame, Feb. 1-2.


Kent State 
NORMAL, Ill.—Kent State's indoor track and field team completed successful day at Saturday's Redbird Invitational at the Horton Field House in Normal, Ill.

The Golden Flashes took top honors in 17 events on the day in the tri-meet with host Illinois State and SIU-Edwardsville. The women captured nine events while the men came out on top in eight events.
 
On the women's side, the Golden Flashes continued their dominance in the long jump. A week after sophomore Roseanne Erickson (Alexandria, Minn.) set the school record with a jump of 19'-11.00" at the Akron Dual, the Flashes took the top three places in the event on Saturday. Freshman Dior Delophont (Nancy, France) took first place with a mark of 19'10.75", while sophomore Ann Marie Duffus (North Clarendon, Jamaica) had a jump of 19'-10.25" to finish runner-up. Those marks place Delophont and Duffus second and third, respectively, in school history in the event as the top three marks have all come within the past two weeks. Erickson finished third with a mark of 18'09.00".
 
In other field events, senior Keri Dantley (Imperial, Pa.) won the triple jump with a mark of 40'-00.0" and senior Domenica Rossi (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) won the pole vault by clearing 12'-00.50.
 
On the track, the Flashes took 1-2 in both the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles. Junior Katie Reiser (Wayne, Ohio) won the 60-meter dash (7.64), followed by Chanitta Westbrooks (Cleveland, Ohio). In the hurdles, Duffus remained unbeaten in the, clocking an 8.56 for first place and was followed closely by freshman Kailyn Arcury (Williamsville, N.Y.) in 8.64.
 
Junior Shanequa Williams (Akron, Ohio) took first place in both the 200-meter dash (24.41) and 400-meter dash (55.36). Senior Melinda Sawnor (Rochester, N.Y.) captured the 800-meter run in 2:13.02. The 4x400 relay team of freshman Taylor Farquhar (Belmont, Ontario), sophomore Olivia Hallstein (Long Island, N.Y.), senior Andreea Patrasc (Bacau, Romania), and Westbrooks rounded out the winners on the women's side.
 
On the men's side, sophomore Matthias Tayala (McDonald, Ohio) won the weight throw with a toss of 64'-01.75". Led by senior Kenneth Agee (Shaker Heights, Ohio), the Flashes took the top three spots in the high jump. Agee won the event by clearing 6'-07.50". Freshman Cody Jones (Canton, Ohio) also cleared 6'-07.50", but took more than one attempt to do so to take second place. Sophomore Tyler Jones (Stow, Ohio) finished third (6'-04.00").
 
Senior Mitchell Seawood (Warren, Ohio) won the 60-meter hurdles (8.22) while redshirt junior Nate Scales (Hilliard Ohio) won the 60-meter dash in 6.88, which is eighth in school history. Junior Laron Brown (Dayton, Ohio) earned a victory in the 400-meter dash (50.46) to give the Flashes three titles in sprints.
 
Junior Marteze Roper (Warren, Ohio) clocked 1:53.29 to win the 800-meter run and redshirt senior Michael Heller (Stow, Ohio) won the 1-mile run in 4:16.56 for a pair of distance victories. The 4x400 relay team featuring junior Andrew Goodwin (Celina, Ohio), sophomore Jacob Swords (Akron, Ohio), sophomore Miles Dunlap (McDonald, Ohio), and Brown took first place with a time of 3:22.24.
 
Kent State will compete at the Akron Invitational next weekend (Feb. 1-2).
 
Miami 
LEXINGTON, Ky. - After half of the Miami University women's track and field team took part in the Tom Wright Classic Friday in Bowling Green, Ohio, the rest of the RedHawks took to the track Saturday at the Rod McCravy Memorial, hosted by the University of Kentucky at Nutter Fieldhouse.
 
Facing a large field and tough competition, including competitors from Georgia Tech, Missouri, Ohio State, Louisville, local rival Cincinnati and the host Wildcats, as well as several other schools in the region, Miami placed seven individuals in the top 10 in their respective events, including three in the top five. Four RedHawks also clocked all-time top-10 marks at the meet.
 
Senior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) qualified third for the 60m hurdles finals in a personal-best 8.47 seconds, which is the second-fastest time in school history, one one-hundredth of a second shy of the school record. She then finished fourth in the finals, clocking 8.54. Baggett also took 16th in the 60m dash with a time of 7.79.
 
Miami was well represented in the mile run, capturing three of the top six places. Freshman Laura Bess (Brownsburg, Ind.) led the way in third in a Miami season-best 4:57.71 while junior Erica Howes (Fairfax, Va.) was right behind in fourth in a personal-best 4:58.16, topping her previous best by nearly 10 seconds. Sophomore Elisa Frazier (Williamsville, N.Y.) rounded out the trio in sixth with a season-best time of 5:02.38.
 
In the 3000m run, sophomore Melissa Girgis (Worthington, Ohio) ran to a seventh-place finish in a personal-best time of 9:48.57, which moves her up to sixth in program history. Classmate Anna Lamb (Granville, Ohio) was three spots back in 10th in 9:54.07, also a personal best, which ranks her eighth all-time at Miami. Fellow sophomore Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) crossed in ninth in the 800m run in 2:14.86.
 
Freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.) took 16th in the 200m dash in her first time running the event, recording a time of 24.97, which ranks her sixth in school history and is the fastest 200m time this year by a RedHawk. In the 400m dash, sophomore Charlotte Myers (Bexley, Ohio) claimed 14th with a time of 56.95, running the event for the first time this year.
 
Allen, Myers and freshmen Kathie Wollney (Cary, Ill.) and Megan Beaver (Brecksville, Ohio) then combined to close the meet by taking ninth in the 4x400m relay in 3:51.53.
 
After the team was split up this past weekend, with most of the field athletes participating in the Tom Wright Classic, the RedHawks will reunite next weekend as the whole team heads to Akron, Ohio for the Akron Invitational Feb. 1-2.
 
Northern Illinois 
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Northern Illinois track & field team wrapped up the Indiana Relays Saturday with several personal bests in the field and on the track.
 
Though they did not record any more event titles, NIU did record four more top 10 finishes on the day.
 
"We had solid performances on the final day of competition," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "Our competitive efforts continue to improve. Sidra Sherrill had an outstanding performance with over a foot PR in the shot put. On the track, several ladies showed themselves to be aggressive competitors. Our mental and physical endurance gets better each week. I look forward to seeing the athletes progress over the next two weeks when we travel to Grand Valley."
 
Sidra Sherrill was NIU's standout athlete on the day, as she placed seventh in the invitational section of the shot put. The sophomore tossed a personal best 46-09.00 (14.25m), beating out Western Michigan's Andrea Hiler and Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Sireta Roach. Sherrill's mark also puts her just under three feet from the school record - a 49-05.50 mark set by Ashley Morrow in 2007.
 
In the 5000 meters, the Huskies put two runners in the top 10. Juliane Totzke took eighth place with a 18:07.70 clip, while Leah Raffety placed ninth at 18:16.59. Claire McAuley finished in 12th with a time of 18:44.18.
 
Megan Gregory's run in the 60 hurdles ended in the semi-finals when she placed 10th with a time of 8.85. The senior took fifth in the first heat, but came eight-hundredths of a second short of advancing to the finals.
 
Coming off her win in the 600 meters last night, Rebecca Cronin placed 15th with a 58.99 mark in the 400 meters. Julianne Cronin, Rebecca's sister, set a new personal record by clocking in at 59.26 to place 17th, while Jenelle McCalla crossed the finish line in 20th place at 59.71.
 
The Huskies' next competition will take placed Feb. 8-9, when they head to the GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Mich. Additionally, a small contingent of Huskies will compete in the Chicagoland Indoor Championships in Naperville, Ill.
 
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Ohio University women’s track & field team earned six first-place finishes and claimed top-three marks in nine events Friday at the Tom Wright Classic in Bowling Green, Ohio.
 
Ohio was joined at the four-team meet by host Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio) and Wayne State.
 
“We had several solid performances today,” head coach Clay Calkins said. “Team highlights included first-place finishes in the high jump, long jump and 3000m. Our best performance came from Melissa Thompson, who won the mile with an automatic MAC meet qualifying time.”
 
Thompson, a junior and Westerville, Ohio native, finished the mile run in 4:57.98 to earn a spot at the MAC Indoor Championships. In addition, freshman Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester, Ohio) finished second in the mile in a personal-best time of 5:06.23.
 
Sophomore Chanda Cuckler (Athens, Ohio) won the high jump with a mark of 1.65m, while freshman Hayley Stegemiller (Lebanon, Ohio) finished fourth with a jump of 1.50m.
 
Senior Alexis Geiger (Gallipolis, Ohio) finished first in the long jump with a season-best mark of 5.51m, while freshman Erika Armstead (Cincinnati, Ohio) jumped 4.95m in the final to claim fourth. Sophomore Morgan Overbay (Newark, Ohio) finished fifth with a jump of 4.94m.
 
Junior Morgan Meade (Marion, Ohio) captured the 3000m title with a time of 10:12.80, while freshman Kristin Winkel (Avon Lake, Ohio) won the triple jump with a mark of 10.09m.
 
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Western Michigan track and field team wrapped up the final day of competition at the Indian Relays at Gladstein Fieldhouse at the University of Indiana on Saturday night.
 
Once again the distance and middle-distance performers stood out for the Broncos. Junior Aisha Hodge continued her steady improvement after taking second place in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:13.31. Hodge has taken at least one second off of her previous best time of the season every time she has run in the 800 this season. 
 
"She keeps knocking off time each week," said head coach Kelly Lycan on Hodge's performance this season. "She got caught in a box on the final lap or she probably could have won the race but she couldn't quite run down the winner."
 
Rachel Whitley also performed well in the 800, winning her heat and finishing sixth overall with a time of 2:15.19.
 
In the 5,000 meter run Becca Peacock broke the 18 minute barrier for the first time in her career after a fifth place finish with a time of 17:53.78. Teresa Marin took 10th overall and Alex Forsythe finished just behind her in 11th. 
 
"Becca is really making some steps in the right direction," added Lycan. "Coach (Dani) Prince has done a great job her and the rest of the distance runners this season."
 
WMU also had success in the throws with Andrea Hiler making the finals of the invitational shot put and taking eighth place with a distance of 45 feet, three inches. Chelsea Gerbers and Stephanie Negrete both placed in the invitational weight throw as well. Gerbers took sixth with a distance of 56 feet, 5.25 inches, while Negrete tossed 54 feet, 8.75 inches to take eighth.
 
The 4x400 meter relay team ran their best time of the season with a time of 3:45.18 to take third place. 
 
"The 4x4 still isn't where we need to be but we are improving," explained Lycan. "Lindsey Hufnagel did a good job of handling the leadoff leg today but we are still not hitting on all cylinders."
 
The 4x800 meter relay team also placed on the day, taking fourth with a time of 9:19.50.
 
"Overall I thought we had some pretty decent performances," Lycan concluded. "I think we are progressing and getting better. I am looking forward to getting on to February and seeing some real signs of life. Next week we have the Meyo and it's one of the best meets in the country. I am looking forward to a good week of practice and going down there and getting some good marks on the board."
 
WMU heads to the prestigious Meyo Invitational at the University of Notre Dame on Friday and Saturday.