Field Leads the Charge at Sea Ray Relays
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Chiara Allen broke her own school record twice, three Broncos won their events, and the Western Michigan track and field team wrapped up a solid third day of competition at the Sea Ray Relays hosted by Tennessee.
The field events provided a number of highlights for the Broncos, according to head track and field coach Kelly Lycan.
"The field was very strong for us today, probably a bit stronger than the track events," said Lycan. "The throws and jumps were very good for us today."
Allen took third place overall in the Triple Jump, but her mark of 12.56m/41-02.50 ranks first among all outdoor Triple Jumpers in Western Michigan history. Allen's record-setting mark was set on her fifth jump of the competition, and surpassed her second jump of 12.39m, which would also have stood as the new school record.
"Chiara had a nice competition," said Lycan. "She saved that best jump for last, and became the first Bronco to clear 41 feet in the triple."
Negrete also had a strong day in the field, winning the Discus with a toss of 42.78m/140-04. Negrete won the event with her fourth toss of the afternoon, clearing her third and previous-best toss by over a foot and a half. Teammate Chelsea Gerbers was not far behind, taking third in the event with a toss of 41.81m/137-02.
The top finisher in the middle distance Aisha Hodge, who topped the fastest heat of the 800m en route to a race victory. Hodge beat the field of 37 runners with a time of 2:11.58, breaking the tape more than a full second on Michaela Carnegie of Michigan. According to Lycan, Hodge utilized quick thinking and racing ability to secure the win.
"Aisha kind of put herself in a tight spot near the end," said Lycan. "She got caught with about 200 meters to go and was boxed in a bit, but she found a hole and blew them both away. As she gets more experience and confidence, she'll make some big improvements."
Iris Campbell also took home the win in her event, bouncing back time-wise from her performance last weekend to win the 400m Hurdles. Campbell was the only runner to break the one-minute barrier in the field of 21 athletes, finishing with a time of 59.45.
"Iris is improving, definitely," said Lycan. "She set her fastest time of the year today. There are some things to work out with the curves on the track, but she's definitely getting better."
Elsewhere in the sprints, Victoria Chatman had a strong showing in the 400m, finishing in second place with a time of 54.15. Andrea Arnold also finished in the top-10 of the event; she took seventh with a time of 55.16.
Amber Brunmeier also repsresented the distance team well, taking third in the 3000m with a time of 9:56.71 in the event. Theresa Marin also competed in the event, taking sixth with a time of 10:16.57.