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Track & Field Heads to Minnesota for Jack Johnson Classic

Courtesy: Adam Bodnar, assistant director of media relations
Release: 01/17/2013
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KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan track and field heads to the University of Minnesota for the Jack Johnson Minnesota Classic on Friday and Saturday.

For the third straight week the Broncos will be competing in a scored meet, going up against hosts Minnesota, North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Northern Illinois, Manitoba and Augstana. Western Michigan is 2-0 this season in scored meets with a dual-meet win over Toledo and a big win at the Bowling Green Opener last weekend.

"This should be an all-around good competition," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "Minnesota is a very strong program and so are all the Dakota schools. NIU has also improved and has some very talented sprinters."

WMU is fresh off a convincing win at the BG Opener in which the team racked up 215 points.

"I thought we took some steps forward. The jumpers were a lot more consistent in their approaches. Our throwers executed better and the 3k racers did a great job."

One Bronco who impressed was junior middle-distance specialist Aisha Hodge. Hodge took first in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:15.71, shaving off two seconds from her previous performance against Toledo.

"Last year it took her a while to hit 2:15," added Lycan. "She was still figuring out who she was last year and is really starting to show the signs of being one of those top runners that expects to be up in the front, no matter who she is running against."

Events begin at 4 p.m. EDT on Friday and resume at 11 a.m. on Saturday.