WMU - Several PR's Highlight Saturday's Meyo Invitational for WMU

WMU - Several PR's Highlight Saturday's Meyo Invitational for WMU

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Maria McDaniel nearly broke the 28-year old 3,000-meter run record for the Western Michigan women's track and field program to highlight the final day of competition at the Meyo Invitational on Saturday.

McDaniel finished sixth overall and third amongst collegiate competitors from the United States (Guelph, a Canadian college took second, third and fourth) with a time of 9:30.71. The time ranks third in program history and just 4.36 seconds off of Caroline Mullen's record set back in 1987. The time was also a personal-best and a 13 second improvement on her time at the Compass Classic. Her time also now ranks fourth-best in the Mid-American Conference so far this season.

Fellow freshman Ayiana Gaines took second place in her heat in the 400-meter dash with a personal-best time of 55.71 seconds. Alexis Hull also competed, finishing with a time of 56.82.

Junior Raychel Figurski turned in a personal-best time in the mile run at 5:16.85 in a crowded field.

The team splits up next weekend for the GVSU Invitational and the Spire Invitational in Geneva, Ohio.