Track & Field Takes Third in Minnesota
WMU finished just seven points behind second-place North Dakota State with 128 points. NDSU finished with 135 and host Minnesota took first place with 203 points. WMU’s lone Mid-American Conference competition took seventh with 25.
“I’m not really thrilled with finishing in third,” said head coach Kelly Lycan. “I know Minnesota is one of the top three teams in the Big Ten but I thought we should have had a better showing than we did.”
While overall the Broncos dipped during the second day of competition, some individuals shined for WMU. Junior Andrea Hiler took second place in the shot put with a distance of 48 feet, 2.75 inches. Her distance was a personal best but also the third best in WMU’s history, putting her just behind Irene Cooper and Kristalyn Mauch.
Hiler wasn’t the only thrower to nearly make history as Stephanie Negrete cemented herself in WMU’s all-time performance list in the weight throw. Negrete took fifth overall but was the fourth collegiate finisher with a distance of 56 feet, one inch. Her distance placed her fifth all-time in the weight throw at WMU.
Senior Iris Campbell ran her fastest time of the year in the 60 meter hurdles. After taking second in the preliminaries she ended up taking third overall with a time of 8.77 seconds. Campbell has been adjusting to a new starting pattern and was able to improve upon her time from the previous two meets.
“We are experimenting with a different start for her,” said Lycan. “I think she will run faster with a seven step start rather than the eight she is used to and I think she did a good job of making that adjustment tonight.”
WMU’s Rebecca Hall and Ariel Arnold both turned in personal-best times in the 60 meter dash. The two teammates actually tied for sixth place with a time of 7.87 seconds. Both also scored points in the 200 meter dash with Arnold taking third and Hall taking sixth.
Arnold’s sister, Ariel Arnold, was the top finisher for the Broncos in the 600 meter run. The elder Arnold took third place with a time of 1:36.24, while Brittany Calhoun also scored by taking eight place at 1:38.69.
In the 800 meter Aisha Hodge once again improved her time from the previous race by taking third place with a time of 2:14.68. Rebecca Peacock also improved her season-best time in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:30.56 to score for the Broncos.
WMU also took third in the 4x400 meter relay after a tangle between Campbell and a runner from Minnesota caused the Broncos to dip into third place with a time of 3:48.73. WMU’s “B” team took fourth place with a time of 3:55.46.
“We are coming along,” added Lycan. “But we are still not clicking on all four cylinders as a team.”
The Broncos continue action in Big Ten country as they head to Indiana for the Indiana Relays on Friday and Saturday.