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Aisha Hodge finished second in the 800 meter run.
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Broncos Wrap Up Indiana Relays

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 01/27/2013
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Western Michigan track and field team wrapped up the final day of competition at the Indian Relays at Gladstein Fieldhouse at the University of Indiana on Saturday night.

Once again the distance and middle-distance performers stood out for the Broncos. Junior Aisha Hodge continued her steady improvement after taking second place in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:13.31. Hodge has taken at least one second off of her previous best time of the season every time she has run in the 800 this season.

"She keeps knocking off time each week," said head coach Kelly Lycan on Hodge's performance this season. "She got caught in a box on the final lap or she probably could have won the race but she couldn't quite run down the winner."

Rachel Whitley also performed well in the 800, winning her heat and finishing sixth overall with a time of 2:15.19.

In the 5,000 meter run Becca Peacock broke the 18 minute barrier for the first time in her career after a fifth place finish with a time of 17:53.78. Teresa Marin took 10th overall and Alex Forsythe finished just behind her in 11th.

"Becca is really making some steps in the right direction," added Lycan. "Coach (Dani) Prince has done a great job her and the rest of the distance runners this season."

WMU also had success in the throws with Andrea Hiler making the finals of the invitational shot put and taking eighth place with a distance of 45 feet, three inches. Chelsea Gerbers and Stephanie Negrete both placed in the invitational weight throw as well. Gerbers took sixth with a distance of 56 feet, 5.25 inches, while Negrete tossed 54 feet, 8.75 inches to take eighth.

The 4x400 meter relay team ran their best time of the season with a time of 3:45.18 to take third place.

"The 4x4 still isn't where we need to be but we are improving," explained Lycan. "Lindsey Hufnagel did a good job of handling the leadoff leg today but we are still not hitting on all cylinders."

The 4x800 meter relay team also placed on the day, taking fourth with a time of 9:19.50.

"Overall I thought we had some pretty decent performances," Lycan concluded. "I think we are progressing and getting better. I am looking forward to getting on to February and seeing some real signs of life. Next week we have the Meyo and it's one of the best meets in the country. I am looking forward to a good week of practice and going down there and getting some good marks on the board."

WMU heads to the prestigious Meyo Invitational at the University of Notre Dame on Friday and Saturday.
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