WMU - Whitley Wins 800m Run at Indiana Relays
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Western Michigan's Rachel Whitley took home first place in the 800 meter run and the 4x400 and 4x800 meter relay teams turned in second place finishes on the final day of the Indiana Relays at Indiana University on Saturday afternoon.
Whitley turned in a season's best time of 2:11.37 to claim first. Her time is also the top in the MAC as well as the top mark by a Bronco in the 800 this season. Teammate and fellow junior Jeriesha Tucker took fifth place with a time of 2:14.55, just edging out Purdue's Megan Plenus by .04 seconds. Cara Cremeans also placed in the top eight, finishing in seventh place with a time of 2:15.14.
"It was nice to see Cara, Jereisha and Rachel all up there in the that race," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "Rachel has been running really well so early this season and that is a great sign. She ran a lot of races this weekend and performed well in all of them."
Sophomore Andrew Arnold took second place in the 400 meter dash with a personal best time of 55.11 seconds. Arnold finish just .05 seconds behind first place sprinter Rachael James from South Florida.
Both Whitley and Tucker helped their relay teams to impressive finishes on the day as well. Whitley ran the anchor leg of the 4x800 and combined with Tucker, Aisha Hodge and Cara Cremeans for a time of 9:03.62. The Broncos were only bested by Notre Dame in the race.
Arnold ran the anchor leg on the 4x400 team along with Iris Campbell, Leya Munwam and Victoria Chatman. The four finished with a time of 3:40.65, just under a second shy of first place Michigan State.
"I'm never happy losing a relay a race to a school from Michigan," said Lycan. "But we'll get a chance to see them again. Overall that's a pretty good time to run this early in the season so we'll take that."
The Broncos return to the state of Indiana for the third straight week when they head to South Bend for the prestigious Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame.