WMU - Track & Field Takes Third at CMU

WMU - Track & Field Takes Third at CMU

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The Western Michigan track team finished third overall at the Compass Classic hosted by Central Michigan on Friday night.

Eastern Michigan claimed first with 119 points, hosts CMU took second with 103 and the Broncos rounded out the field with 79 points.

The most successful event on the day for WMU was the 60-meter hurdles. WEstern Michigan took the top three spots with Artia Gunn claiming first place with a time of 8.88 seconds, Kathryn Pickett taking second at 8.90 and Lindsey Hufnagel taking third with 8.97. Due to the meet set up only two from each team were allowed to score with Pickett and Gunn combining for 12 points.

"We did have some good improvements today," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "But we are thin in certain areas and in a meet like this you don't match up with teams like CMU and EMU very well. I think we will have success in big meets but until we increase our depth we could struggle at times."

An area that saw improvement was the shot put. Maria Tomlinson took second overall with a distance of 13.28m (43-7) and freshman Jade Madison was right behind her in third at 12.88m (42-3.25).

Freshman Ayiana Gaines took second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.60 seconds and followed that up with a third-place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 11.43m (37-6). Sophomore Sarita Dotson ran her second fastest time of the season at 25.32 seconds to take third overall in the 200-meter dash. Freshman Maria McDaniel also took second in the 3,000-meter run with an improved time of 9:43.48.

"The next couple of weeks we have some big meets coming up and we will need to sharpen up if we want to make some noise at them," Lycan added.

The Broncos head to the famed Meyo Invitational next Friday and Saturday at the University of Notre Dame.