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Aisha Hodge helped the 4x800 team to a new school record.
Courtesy: Zolton Cohen

4x800 Record Falls at the Drake Relays

Courtesy: Adam Bodnar, assistant director of media relations
Release: 04/27/2012
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The second school record fell on Western Michigan's third day of competition at the 103rd running of the Drake Relays on Friday night as the Broncos broke the 4x800 meter relay record.

Aisha Hodge, Rachel Whitley, Jeriesha Tucker and Cara Cremeans all sealed their places in WMU history by combining to run a time of 8:48.75 to take sixth place. Hodge ran a sub 2:10 split to start off the race and in third place at the hand off to pace the record-setting time.

"I was very happy with our 800 runners today," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "Aisha did a great job on the lead off leg. It should give her a lot of confidence when she runs an open 800."

The previous 4x800 record was held by Kristi Powers, Jill Odom, Jennifer Roberts and Christi Valanty and was set in 2006 at the Penn Relays.

The Broncos also registered a top-eight finish in the 4x200 relay, taking seventh overall with a time of 1:39.55. Freshmen Lindsey Hufnagel and Kathryn Pickett helped the team to its finish, along with seniors Stephanie Okolo and Leya Munwam.

Both the 4x100 meter relay team and 4x400 team qualified for the finals on Saturday but due to the heavy schedule, only the 4x400 team of Iris Campbell, Andrea Arnold, Victoria Chatman and Rebecca Hall will compete. The four combined for a time of 3:40.86 to claim the final qualifying time.

"Despite qualifying I thought we could have done a lot better in the 4x400," said Lycan. "Iris and her 53.30 second split really saved us and allowed us to qualify. She has been on fire lately and also ran really well in the 4x100. I think if we can catch a break with the weather tomorrow that she can really put together a good time in the 400 meter hurdles."

The 4x400 team wraps up competition for the Broncos and the Drake Relays tomorrow afternoon.
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