WMU - Broncos Score in Pentathlon and Long Jump at MAC Championships

WMU - Broncos Score in Pentathlon and Long Jump at MAC Championships

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The Western Michigan track and field team scored in the long jump and the pentathlon and qualified several runners for the Saturday's finals on the first day of the 2015 Indoor Mid-American Conference Championships at Central Michigan University on Friday.

Lindsey Hufnagel totalled 3,478 points to take sixth in the pentathlon. She took sixth in the 60-meter hurdles, third in the long jump, and fourth in the 800-meter run to highlight the six events.

"That was a pretty gutsy performance by Lindsey," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "She hadn't done 3 out of the 5 events in two years and we didn't even practice this season because she had some back problems. She still went out and did a pretty good job. She's that good of an athlete that she was able to get out there and still score some points."

Sophomore Jade McKnight scored WMU's other points on the day after taking seventh in the long jump with a distance of 5.68m/18-7.75. Her distance actually tied her for fifth but the tie-breaker is the second-furthest jump. McKnight has the chance to score more points when she competes in the triple jump on Saturday.

WMU secured two qualifiers in both the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash finals on Saturday. Sophomore Naiomi Dulaney won her heat with a time of 25.01 seconds and classmate Sarita Dotson took second in her heat with the final qualifying time of 25.10.

In the 400 Alexis Hull rebounded from a bad start to take second her in heat and qualify with a time of 57.29 seconds. Freshman Ayiana Gaines won her heat and had the top qualifying time of 56.29 seconds.

"I was really proud of them," said Lycan on his team's performance. "We don't have the depth to be in the race for the championship this season. Despite that fact we had some championship efforts today. They really came to run."

The final day of competition at the MAC Championship begins on Saturday morning.