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Hiler Shines as WMU has Strong Day in the Field at the Dave Rankin Invite

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 05/03/2014
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Western Michigan track and field team wrapped up the Dave Rankin Invitational with strong performances in the field events on Saturday.

Senior thrower Andrea Hiler finished in the the top three in each of the events she competed in. The Watervliet, Mich., native took second in the discus and the shot put and took third in Friday's hammer throw. In the discus she threw her second-best distance of the season at 51.55m (169-01) while fellow senior Stephanie Negrete threw a season-best distance of 48.20m (158-02) to take sixth.

In the shot put Hiler broke the 50 feet mark for the first time this outdoor season with a distance of 15.29m (50-02). Negrete once again took sixth place after tossing a distance of 13.52m (44-04.25). On Friday in the hammer throw Hiler took third with a huge personal-best distance of 52.13m (171-0), eclipsing her old mark by 1.58m. Senior Chelsea Gerbers finished just behind Hiler in fourth at 49.29m (161-08).

"I thought we ran pretty well on the track despite the strong winds but the lights definitely shined on the field events," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "There was great competition in the field events and we did a good job of rising to the occasion."

Freshman Jade McKnight set a new personal-best in the long jump after 5.73m (18-9.75) to take seventh place. In the triple jump senior Chiara Allen took fifth place with a distance of 12.04m (39-06), while landing three of her seven jumps at at least 12.0m.

The Broncos placed three in the top eight of the 200-meter dash with senior Andrea Arnold in third, Alexis Hull in sixth and Naiomi Dulaney in seventh. Arnold finished with a time of 24.85 seconds, Hull at 25.20 and Dulaney at 25.61. For Hull it was the first time in her career running the outdoor 200.

"Alexis has been doing such a good job in the sprints and I thought we would give her a try in the 200m," Lycan explained. "She did a good job of overcoming a poor start and winning her heat and I think she could have reached 24 seconds if not for the wind."

Arnold and Hull also performed well in the 400-meter dash. Arnold took second with a time of 55.14 seconds and Hull finished behind her in third with a time of 56.42.

Up next for Western Michigan is hosting duties for the Jack Shaw Classic on Friday at 10 a.m. The Broncos will hosts foes from the Mid-American Conference at their lone home meet of the season at the Kanley Track and Field Complex.
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