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WMU Wraps Up Drake & GINA Relays

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 04/27/2014
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HILLSDALE, Mich. -- Western Michigan wrapped up competition at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa and at the Hillsdale College "GINA" Relays on Saturday.

Kathryn Pickett, Chiara Allen, Artria Gunn and Alexis Hull combined for a time of 59.01 seconds in the 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay but just missed out on qualifying for the finals after finishing in fifth place. WMU needed to place in the top four to move on to the finals, which was won by Purdue.

Over at the GINA Relays the Broncos earned top-10 performances in the discus, shot put, hammer throw, 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run. Andrea Hiler took second overall in the discus with a distance of 51.10m (167-08). Fellow senior Stephanie Negrete finished just behind her in third with a distance of 48.13m (157-11). Chelse Gerbers was WMU's third finisher in the top eight in the discus with a seventh place finish and a distance of 41.29m (135-05).

In the shot put it was Hiler again taking second overall with a distance of 13.90m (45-07.25). Gerbers took sixth overall with a  distance of 13.42m (44-00.50), while sophomore Maria Tomlinson took 10th with an outdoor personal-best distance of 12.38m (40-07.50).

WMU took fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth in the hammer throw. Negrete led the way with a distance of 50.70m (166-04), besting Hiler by just .15m. Gerbers took sixth with a distance of 49.82m (163-05) and Lindsay Crum took ninth at 47.42m (155-07).

Aisha Hodge took eighth overall but was the third collegiate finisher in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:31.50, missing out on the top collegiate spot by just 1.19 seconds. Hodge was also the top collegiate finisher in the 800-meter run championship with a time of 2:10.64 for fifth overall.

Up next for WMU is the Dave Rankin Invitational at Purdue University before hosting the Jack Shaw Invitational on May 9.