WMU - Bronco Track & Field Opens Outdoor Season in Georgia

WMU - Bronco Track & Field Opens Outdoor Season in Georgia

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KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan track and field team heads to Athens, Ga., for the Georgia Relays on Friday and Saturday to open the 2012 outdoor season.

The Broncos finished in third place at the 2012 Indoor Mid-American Conference Championships back in February and have been itching to get back into competition. Luckily for the Brown & Gold, the weather in Michigan has allowed them to get a jump on training outside a little earlier than normal.

"We have been luckier this year than usual," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "Typically we don't get as much time outdoors and we usually have to come inside because of the snow before the first meet, but with the weather being so warm we have been able to get outside."

WMU had typically opened up the outdoor season at the Alabama Relays, but chose to head to Georgia this season for something different.

"This is something new for us," explained Lycan. "It looked like a really interesting meet with some different events and they also allow unlimited entries. That is what we are looking for at this time of the season. We need to give everyone the opportunity to compete and get in some races."

The meet will feature a wide variety of relays, including the "Gainey Special Sprint Medley." A classic sprint medley, which will also be run, contains two 200 meter legs, a 400 meter leg and an 800 meter anchor leg. The Gainey, which is widely used in high school meets, has two 100 meter legs, followed by a 200 and a 400. Iris Campbell, Andrea Arnold, Victoria Chatman and Rachel Whitley will compete in the traditional sprint medley for WMU.

Events begin early on Friday and end Saturday afternoon, although there is a possibility of thunder storms this weekend in Athens.