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Lindsey Hufnagel was in second place in the heptathlon heading into Wednesday.
Courtesy: Zolton Cohen

WMU Heads to the Penn Relays

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 04/24/2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- The 2013 Penn Relay Carnival is underway and two Broncos sit in the top five in the heptathlon after the first day of competition.

Lindsey Hufnagel and Kathryn Pickett are currently the only members of the Western Michigan track and field team competing but will be joined by others from the team when competition ramps up on Thursday. Hufnagel currently sits in second place and Pickett in fourth place heading into Wednesday's finale. They once again had to battle high winds and low temperatures throughout their day of competition.

"After the first event it was pretty clear we weren't really going to have any qualifying performances," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "After that you just try to go out and beat some people. They are both really second-day people when it comes to the heptathlon. They are both good long jumpers and 800-meter runners."

The heptathlon should wrap up by 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

Most of the action takes place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Individually Iris Campbell will compete in the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday morning and Chiara Allen will take part in the triple jump on Friday morning.

The relays begin on Thursday at 1 p.m. for the Broncos. Hufnagel, Campbell, Andrea Arnold and Rebecca Hall will compete in the 4x100-meter relay at 1 p.m. Later in the evening Aisha Hodge, Ariel Arnold, Cara Cremeans and Rachel Whitley run in the distance medley relay. Pickett, Andrea Arnold, Campbell and Hufnagel will also run in the first heats of the 4x400-meter relay later in the evening as well.

On Friday Western Michigan is scheduled to compete in the 4x200-meter relay, the shuttle hurdle relay and the sprint medley. Saturday WMU competes in the 4x800-meter relay and once again in the 4x400 if they qualify on Thursday.