WMU - Track & Field Breaks Barriers Before MAC Championship

WMU - Track & Field Breaks Barriers Before MAC Championship

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CHARLESTON, Ill. -- The Western Michigan track and field team wrapped up its final weekend of competition prior to the Mid-American Conference Championships at the EIU Twlight Meet and the Hillsdale Classic.

At Hillsdale College senior Andrea Hiler turned in a personal-best distance for the third straight week in the hammer throw after throwing 53.98m (177-01) to take second place. She also took second in the discus with a distance of 50.37m (165-03) and second in ths hot put at 15.20m (49-10.50).

Senior Aisha Hodge ran her fastest time of the year in the 800-meter run, taking first with a time of 2:08.87.

"This was just what the doctor ordered," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "We had a lot of PRs and broke a lot of big barriers today."

At Eastern Illinois the Broncos saw strong marks across the board. Sophomore Reagan Engstrom broke the 12 foot mark for the first time in her career in the pole vault after reaching a height of 12-00.75.

Freshman Jade McKnight took fourth in the long jump after reaching a distance of 5.66m (18-07), while senior Chiara Allen broke 40 feet for the first time this season and took second in the triple jump at 12.26m (40-02.75). Allen also took second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.97, while Artia Gunn finished just behind her in third.

Freshman Sarita Dotson broke 12 seconds as the Broncos took first, second and third place in the 100-meter dash. Dotson was the top finisher with a time of 11.98 seconds, while Andrea Arnold finished in second at 12.09 and Gunn finished in third at 12.11.

Arnold also took second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.47 seconds and was followed by Alexis Hull, who won her heat with a time of 24.72. Freshman Keyera Lige took third in the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 1:01.22.

Western Michigan now heads to Athens, Ohio for the 2014 MAC Outdoor Championships at Ohio University on Thursday.