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Broncos Take Second at EIU Big Blue Classic

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 04/05/2014
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CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Western Michigan claimed two event titles and took second overall after wrapping up the Eastern Illinois University Big Blue Classic on Saturday night.

The Broncos missed out on the overall title by just five points, scoring 131 points but falling to champions Indiana State. Southern Illinois claimed third with 121, hosts EIU took fourth with 106 and Northern Iowa rounded out the top five with 94.50.

“This is a step in the right direction,” said head coach Kelly Lycan. “Today was a lot better than last week. The weather was great and the team responded with a lot of good performances.”

One Bronco that stood out was junior Kathryn Pickett, who returned to a place of previous glory at EIU, where the site of the Illinois State High School Championships are held.

Pickett took the title in the long jump, breaking the meet record held by former Bronco Ashley Hunault, with a distance of 5.94m (19-06). The Glendale Heights, Ill., native also had her best high jump of the season at 1.63m (5-04.25) to take fifth overall. She also claimed a sixth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.33 and took seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.01.Senior Andrea Arnold also ran a time of 24.71 in the 200 to take fourth overall.

Senior thrower Andrea Hiler reached the 170-foot mark in just her second meet of the outdoor season to take first in the discus. Her throw of 51.88m (170-02) was more than five meters longer than her seed distance and finished 1.22 meters ahead of the second-place finisher Mary Theisen of Indiana State. Hiler also threw a distance of 14.69m (48-02.50) to take fifth in the shot put.

In the 400-meter dash junior Alexis Hull set a new personal-best with a time of 55.98 seconds. It was the first time in her career breaking the 56 second mark outdoor.  Hull had also performed well on Friday in the 400-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter hurdle relay.

“She got a lot of running in this weekend and it was good to see her get that personal-best today,” said Lycan. “It’s what you like to see in these kinds of meets”

Freshman Sarita Dotson was WMU’s top finisher in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.24 seconds. Dotson, along with Arnold, Chiara Allen and Aisha Hodge combined for a time of 3:49.05 to take third in the 4x400-meter relay.

Allen also had a solid day in the triple jump with a season-best distance of 11.99m (39-04) to take second overall. Hodge also scored in both the 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run. In the 1,500 she took eight with a time of 4:40.38 and took sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:12.86.

Western Michigan heads to Athens, Ga., for the Spec Towers Invitational for a three-day meet on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.