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4x400m Relay Team Shines for WMU at the Tyson Invitational

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 02/12/2012
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FAYETTEVILLE -- The Western Michigan track and field team rebounded after a slow start on Friday to finish strong on Saturday at the Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas.

The highlight of the night for the Broncos was their performance in the 4x400 meter relay. Andrea Arnold, Victoria Chatman, Leya Munwam and Iris Campbell combined to win their heat and broke the 3:40 barrier for the first time this season, finishing at 3:39.10. For most of the race the Broncos were in a barn burner with Central Florida, but a UCF runner dropped the baton at the third exchange and the Broncos pulled away from the Golden Knights and host Razorbacks to win the heat. WMU's time was good enough for fifth overall in the race.

"It was kind of funny that they were a little disapointed when they came off the track," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "They were expecting a much better time and it was good to see that competitiveness. I think we are going to need to run around 3:37 flat to make it to the NCAA's and they want to get there."

WMU also wrapped up competition at the GVSU Big Meet with Teresa Marin and Alex Forsythe turning in quality performances in the distance events. Marin took fifth in the mile run with a time of 5:06.33, while Forsythe was the top collegiate finisher in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:27.91.

The Broncos get another taste of Mid-American Conference competition before the MAC Championships as they head to the Ball State Quad meet next weekend. WMU has one seven straight at Ball State and will look to extend their streak in Muncie.
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