WMU Runs Third Fastest DMR Time in Program History at Meyo Invitational

WMU Runs Third Fastest DMR Time in Program History at Meyo Invitational

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The distance medley relay team ran the third-fastest time in program history and the Broncos turned in highlights in the short sprints as the Western Michigan track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition at the Meyo Invitational on Friday.

Sarah Anderson, Ashley Worford, Juliane Sormain and Claire Gilbert combined to run a time of 11:39.07 to take third overall. The time, converted due to track size and record purposes, officially goes down as 11:41.07 in the WMU record book and is the fastest time the team has run since 2011. Anderson led the race off for the Broncos and put the team in second place. Worford, a freshman, ran the 400-meter leg with a 56-second split to keep WMU's position. She was followed by Sormain, another freshman, in the 800-meter leg before Gilbert finished it off with a sub 5-minute mile leg to take third.

"Overall we had a really good day," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "We're definitely starting to look like a February team and things are starting to come together."

Several Broncos turned in good performances in the 200-meter dash. Madison Meredith ran her fastest time of the season at 25.09 seconds. Freshman Diamond Mitchell ran a personal-best time of 25.21 seconds, and the team's second-fastest time of the year behind Meredith's. Gabrielle Collins ran a 25.33 time, while Alex Bryant had a personal-best time of 25.79.

Mitchell and Meredith also qualified for Saturday's semifinals in the 60-meter dash. Mitchell ran the top time for WMU on the day, qualifying with the eighth-best time of 7.65 seconds. Meredith ran a time of 7.73. Mitchell was also Western Michigan's top finisher in the long jump, reaching a personal-best distance of 5.89 meters (19' 4") and took third place.

"It takes a while for our short sprinters to get on track," added Lycan. "Their speed is starting to show and that's a good sign."

Collins ran the fourth-fastest time in program history in the 60-meter hurdles qualifiers, finishing with the sixth-best time of 8.59 seconds. Diana Holsey also qualified for a spot in Saturday's semifinals after running a time of 8.94.

The Broncos wrap up competition at the Meyo Invitational on Saturday.