Allen Breaks Triple Jump Record as WMU Wins BSU Quad
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MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Western Michigan track and field team picked up its eighth straight win down at the Ball State Quad meet on Friday, topping the four-team field with 167 points.
Northern Illinois took second place with 109, while hosts Ball State finished in third with 106 and Miami took fourth with 82. The Broncos won six of the 14 events on the night to finish 3-0 in scored meets heading into the Indoor Mid-American Conference Championships next weekend.
Chiara Allen and Iris Campbell stole the show though for the Broncos. Allen became the first jumper in school history to break the 41 foot mark by jumping 41 feet, 2.25 inches, breaking her own school record.
"It is really nice to see Chiara, along with a lot of others, really catching fire and running her best when it matters most," said head coach Kelly Lycan.
Campbell won the 400 meter dash, 60 meter hurdles and the long jump. In the 400 she ran a time of 55.94 seconds, while teammate Leya Munwam finished behind her at 56.75 seconds. It the 60 hurdles Campbell set a new personal best and the third fastest performance in school history with a time of 8.58 seconds.
Campbell nearly broke the 19 foot mark in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet, 11.25 inches. The Broncos took first, second and third in the event although only two scorers were counted for each team. Freshman Kathryn Pickett took second place with a distance of 18 feet, 4.25 inches and fellow freshman Rebecca Hall took third with a distance of 18 feet, 2.25 inches.
The Bronco field athletes overall had a good day with WMU also taking first and second place in the weight throw. Chelsea Gerbers took first with a personal best of 56 feet, three inches, while Stephanie Negrete also hit a personal best with a distance of 53 feet, 8.25 inches.
WMU also took first place in the 800 meter run with Aisha Hodge finishing with 2:14.56. Junior Cara Cremeans took third place with a time of 2:15.84.
"Whenever you go into the championships you like to have some momentum," concluded Lycan. "These are definitely some of our best performances of this year and it makes you feel good knowing you are peaking at the right time."
WMU heads to Akron for the 2011 Indoor MAC Championship, beginning on Thursday.