WMU - Track & Field Takes Second at Ball State Open
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MUNCIE, Ind. -- A bid for Western Michigan track and field's 11th-straight victory at the Ball State Open fell short on Friday night with the Broncos taking second place.
WMU scored 114 points but were bested by the host Cardinals, who scored 120. IPFW took thirds with 45 points on the night.
"Our lack of depth is telling in these small meets," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "There are a few events where we are just short on quality depth."
WMU won five event tiles on the day starting with the 200-meter dash that saw Sarita Dotson and Naiomi Dulaney both break the 25-second mark in the race, something that hasn't happened for the Broncos on that track in several years according to Lycan. WMU actually finished in first, second and third but only two positions were allowed to score per team per event in the meet. Dotson took first overall at 24.98 seconds and Dulaney was just a hair behind her at 24.99. Alexis Hull finished third at 25.37 seconds.
Dotson also took second in the 60-meter dash with a season-best time of 7.70 seconds and was followed by Artia Gunn in third at 7.76 seconds. Gunn claimed the 60-meter hurdles title with a time of 8.88 seconds.
Freshman Ayiana Gaines took first overall in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.26 seconds with Lindsey Hufnagel behind her in second place at 58.60.
Western Michigan also claimed the top two spots in the mile run with senior Becca Peacock taking first with a time of 5:21.99. Freshman Hanne Christensen took second with a time of 5:22.49. Freshman distance star Maria McDaniel dropped down in distance to run in the 800-meter run and took third with a time of 2:15.75.
Senior Maria Tomlinson took second in both the weight throw and the shot put. In the shot she threw 13.23m (43-05) and tossed a distance of 16.30m (53-05.75) in the weight throw.
Up next is the 2015 Mid-American Conference Championships at Central Michigan starting on Thursday.