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Campbell Breaks 200 Record at Big Blue Classic

Courtesy: Adam Bodnar, assistant director of media relations
Release: 03/31/2012
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CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Western Michigan's Iris Campbell broke the program record in the 200 meter dash to highlight the final day of competition at the Eastern Illinois Big Blue Classic on Saturday.

Campbell became the first Bronco to break the 24 second barrier with a legal wind rating when she ran 23.97 seconds to take first place in the event. The previous WMU record stood at 24.02 by Joy Eloms (2008) and Heather Johnson (2003). Freshman Rebecca Hall and Victoria Chatman also performed well in the event. Chatman finished in third place with a time of 24.04 seconds, while Hall turned in a personal-best time of 24.81.
Campbell was also in action in the 100 meter hurdles, taking fourth place with a time of 14.11 seconds.

"We are running some really fast times for so early in the season," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "I think our sprinters are definitely ahead of our game and where we usually are just two meets in."

Hall, Campbell, Chatman and Andrea Arnold combined to turn in the third fastest time in program history in the 4x100 meter relay. Hall, who was a late addition after an injury, helped the team to a second place finish with a time of 45.71 seconds. The WMU record still stands at 45.43 set by Eloms, Jennifer Sabra, Shayna Sangster and Becky Horn back in 2007.

Hall had a busy day, also running in the 4x400 relay with Lindsey Hufnagel, Kathryn Pickett and Ariel Arnold to turn in a time of 3:48.91. The Berrien Springs, Mich., native also performed well in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.12 seconds to earn fifth place. Fellow sprinter, but normally a long sprinter, Chatman nearly broke 12 seconds with a third-place time of 12.03.

"Rebecca took advantage of a good day and that's what it is all about," added Lycan. " When you have good competition, a good track to run on and some good competition to run against you need to do your best and she did."

The middle distance runners ran double duty, competing in both the 800 meter run and the 1,500 meter run to give them practice for what they will experience at the Mid-American Conference Championships. Arnold and Leya Munwam both performed well with Arnold turning in a time of 2:16.88. Cara Cremeans notched a personal-best time of 2:14.44 to take eighth, while Aisha Hodge ran 2:12.01 to take fourth place. Rachel Whitley took third overall with a time of 2:11.08 and then went on to break the 4:30 mark for the first time in her career in the 1,500m run with a fifth place time of 2:29.54.

Western Michigan heads to Oxford, Ohio to get a taste of MAC Competition in a scored meet at the Miami Invitational on Saturday.