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Victoria Chatman ran her best split in her final performance as a Bronco.
Courtesy: Zolton Cohen

4x400 Finishes Season Ranked 14th in the Nation

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 06/07/2012
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Western Michigan track and field season came to an end after the 4x400 meter relay team fell shy of qualifying for the finals at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake University on Thursday night.

Andrea Arnold, Victoria Chatman, Iris Campbell and Leya Munwam combined for a time of 3:34.83 to take fourth place in their heat and 14th overall. The time was the best this season for the squad and the third fastest in WMU history. The Broncos finished ahead of Ohio State, Georgetown, George Mason, Notre Dame, Arizona State, UCLA, Hampton, TCU and Clemson.

Arnold led off and kept the Broncos close to the pack and was followed by Chatman, who ran a blazing 52.3 second split to get WMU up to third place. Campbell also ran a fast split, breaking 53 seconds for the first time in her career. Munwan also ran one of the fastest splits in her career to help WMU hold fourth place.

"That field was just flat out flying," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "Some teams ran 3:31 didn't qualify and that is amazing but I thought we ran really well. It was a heck of an accomplishment for that group. Leya and Victoria have been through a lot and I'm really proud of them. Victoria missed all of last year with an injury and I give her so much credit for coming back after missing an entire year. She just kept working so hard."

"We were the only mid-major to finish in the top 15 and we were up there with some great teams," added Lycan. "We were really not that far away and I think we are close to having that foursome to get us to the finals. It is going to be hard to replace Victoria and Leya but I think some of our freshmen will grow a bit next season and we can get them fired up to be back next year."

While the season has come to an end, one Bronco will continue competing, as freshman Lindsey Hufnagel qualified for the USA Junior National Championships in the heptathlon. The competition begins next Friday at Indiana University.

4x400 Rankings

  1. LSU - 3:28.01
  2. Kansas - 3:29.07
  3. Oregon - 3:29.46
  4. Arkansas - 3:29.54
  5. Texas A&M - 3:29.98
  6. Texas - 3:30.96
  7. Arizona - 3:31.06
  8. Florida - 3:31.48
  9. Tennessee - 3:31.57
  10. South Carolina - 3:31.60
  11. Texas Tech - 3:32.17
  12. Baylor - 3:32.34
  13. Penn State - 3:33.03
  14. Western Michigan - 3:34.83
  15. Ohio State - 3:36.24
  16. Georgetown - 3:36.86
  17. George Mason - 3:36.95
  18. Notre Dame - 3:37.97
  19. Arizona State - 3:38.18
  20. UCLA - 3:39.74