WMU - Broncos Win 4x400 and Madison Meredith Named Top Freshman at MAC Championships
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YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Western Michigan track and field team wrapped up the 2017 Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships by repeating in the 4x400-meter relay and Madison Meredith earning MAC Championship Freshman Performer of the Year.
WMU combined to score 38 points, finishing in seventh overall and just one point out of a tie for fifth. Akron took the MAC Championship by six points over the host Eastern Michigan.
Several individual Broncos scored on the day but the highlight was the 4x400-meter relay squad defending its MAC title. Sarita Dotson, Lindsey Hufnagel, Davonne Bolden and Meredith combined to run a time of 3:46.04, edging out Northern Illinois by .61 seconds. Dotson gave the Broncos an early lead and Hufnagel extended it by a significant margin. Bolden maintained the gap and handed it off to Meredith. Meredith got out a little too fast and fought through to the end for the win.
"I've never been so proud of a 4x400 relay team in my life," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "We had to make two late substitutions. It was a gut check. Sarita wasn't happy after her performance in the 200. I had already put Davonne on the squad after Aiyana (Gaines) got hurt and then Naiomi (Dulaney) couldn't go either. So I had put Madison in and she had never run a 400 in her life."
"For all of that to happened and for us to come out on top as champions was pretty amazing," Lycan continued. "Those ladies had the pride. They knew we were defending champions and they got after it."
All four were earned First Team All-MAC honors for their performance.
Meredith also took third overall in the 60-meter dash after finishing with a time of 7.61 seconds to earn six points. Naiomi Dulaney took sixth overall for nine total points in the event.
Dotson took third overall in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.66 seconds, earning another six points for Western Michigan. Dulaney also scored after finishing in eighth.
Redshirt freshman Sarah Anderson scored in both the events she competed in on Saturday. After setting the top qualifying time in the 800-meter run Anderson was tripped during the finals but managed to finish seventh and score two points. In the mile run she also claimed seventh with a time of 5:54.04
"Sarah didn't finish as high as she wanted and it's a tough double to run the mile and the 800 on the same day," said Lycan. "This is her first MAC Championship and it's a whole different level of intensity. I thought it was a learning experience and I thought she performed well."
Hufnagel also scored in the 400-meter dash, taking eight place with a time of 56.43.
Redshirt freshman Gabrielle Collins completed her first MAC Championship by scoring again, this time in the triple jump. After taking eighth in the long jump yesterday she took eighth in thet ripple jump after a distance 38' 6".