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4x400 Squad Advances to the NCAA Championships

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 05/26/2012
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Western Michigan track and field's 4x400 meter relay team has advanced to the semifinals at the NCAA Championships after taking seventh place in the quarterfinals of the NCAA East Preliminary Championships on Saturday night at the University of North Flordia.

Iris Campbell, Victoria Chatman, Leya Munwam and Andrea Arnold combined to run the fourth-fastest time in program history, running a time of 3:35.08. Arnold ran the lead off leg, running a split time of approximately 55 seconds. Campbell ran a blazing 53.1 second split during the second before Munwam and Chatman finished off the race.

"We have a tradition of being one of the top 4x400 teams in the nation and I think our girls take pride in keeping that tradition going," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "I don't think we have maxed out our time yet either. Victoria has been running really well over the last few weeks and she certainly shown that she is on fire right now. It was good to see Leya and Andrea get it going too. Leya has always been pretty fast and she worked with some of the middle distance runners and coach (Dani) Prince this year and that strength work has really helped her finish races."

The NCAA Championships begin on June 6 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Campbell will also be competing in the 400 meter hurdles after qualifying on Friday night.

Sophomore Chiara Allen competed in the triple jump on the day, reaching a distance of 12.23m/40-1.50 but missed out on advancing.

"This was her first chance at a big meet and now she sees the difference between her and those who qualified is really not that much," added Lycan." This will give her some motivation to work hard and come back strong next year."

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