WMU - Pickett Claims Pentathlon on Day One of Jack Johnson Classic

WMU - Pickett Claims Pentathlon on Day One of Jack Johnson Classic

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Western Michigan's Kathryn Pickett took first place in the pentathlon in dramatic fashion and also took second in the open long jump to highlight the track and field team's first day of competition at the Jack Johnson Classic.

Pickett was sitting 100 points behind South Florida's Rachel Klinger heading into the final event, the 800 meter run. The junior from Glendale Heights, Ill., needed to win the race to jump Klinger. Pickett held the lead in the race with just two laps to go before breaking away from the pack and taking first place with a time of 2:25.75, finishing 7.64 seconds ahead of Klinger. The big win earned her 747 points, pushing her total to 3,676 and giving her the win by a single point.

"Kathryn was a step or two ahead of everyone in the 800 and then just put the hammer down," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "She was a really bright spot for us on the first day."

For WMU it is the second-straight Jack Johnson Classic in which a Bronco has claimed the pentathlon title after Iris Campbell won it last season. Pickett was even able to take a break between the 60 meter hurdles and the high jump of the six-event competition to compete in the open long jump, taking second with a jump of 5.67m (18-7.5).

Senior Alex Forsythe shaved off three seconds on her personal-best time in the 3,000 meter run after taking ninth with a time of 18:19.74. Sophomore Rebecca Hall added two points for the Broncos after taking seventh in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.39 seconds to close out day one.

The Broncos continue the Jack Johnson Classic with a full day of competition on Saturday.