Bronco Track & Field Wins at Bowling Green Challenge

Bronco Track & Field Wins at Bowling Green Challenge

Provided by WMU

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- For the second straight week the Western Michigan track and field team has come out on top in a scored meet. On Saturday afternoon the Broncos totaled 151.6 points to win the Bowling Green Challenge, defeating several Mid-American Conference foes in the process.

WMU outpaced Miami, who finished in second place with 122 points on the day. Hosts Bowling Green finished in third with 70.3, followed by Toledo (62), Ball State (55), Wright State (23) and IPFW (9).

"Depth was the story of the meet for us today," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "Last season in a meet like this we struggled to have more than one scorer in an event but today we had three scorers in several events."

The Broncos had three finishers in the top six the 400 meter dash, 600 meter run, 800 meter run, mile run and the 60 meter hurdles.

Sophomore Andrea Arnold took first place in the 400m dash with a time of 56.89 seconds with freshman teammate Lindsey Hufnagel right behind her in second at 58.16. Brittany Calhoun took fifth place for the Broncos with the top six in each event scoring points for their team.

WMU went one-two-three in the 600m run. Junior Iris Campbell just edged out teammate Leya Munwam by .16 seconds with a first place time of 1:35.27. Ariel Arnold took third place with a time of 1:36.38. Campbell also took first place in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet, 7.25 inches. She also took third place in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.78 seconds.

Junior Rachel Whitley picked up her first win of the season, taking first place in the 800m run with a time of 2:17.69. Aisha Hodge, who was knocked down during the race, recovered to take fourth place with a time of 2:21.78 and sophomore Destinee Lukianoff rounded out the event with a sixth place finish for the Broncos.

Whitley also scored in the mile after she finished in third place, while Cara Cremeans and Jeriesha Tucker finished in fifth and sixth place.

Teresa Marin scored for the Broncos in the 3,000 meter run with a personal-best time of 10:22.93. The walk-on junior from Bloomingdale, Mich., has seen steady improvement through her career.

"Teresa's improvement has been amazing," said Lycan. "She knocked a minute off of her PR in the 3,000 last week and then she takes another 13 seconds off today. It's almost unbelievable how much she has improved in her career. You could see things starting to happen for her last year and she is just one of the hardest working girls out there and it is great to see her have success."

Senior distance runner Amber Brunmeier had an easy win the 5,000 meter run as the only runner to finish with a sub-18 minute time at 17:49.80.

Campbell, Munwam, Rebecca Hall, and Kathryn Pickett combined to win the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:49.97.

The Broncos didn't win any of the throws but had multiple scorers in the shot put with Chelsea Gerbers taking third place and Andrea Hiler placing fifth. Gerbers also finished in second in the weight throw, while Stephanie Negrete took fifth.

Sarah Ross finished in third place in the poll vault, falling just shy of 12 feet with a height of 11 feet, 11.75 inches. Sophomore Chiara Allen took second place in the triple jump with a distance of 38 feet, 4.25 inches to round out the field events for Western Michigan.

The Broncos head to South Bend, Ind., next weekend for the Notre Dame Invitational.