WMU - McDaniel Shines in 5k at Raleigh Relays

WMU - McDaniel Shines in 5k at Raleigh Relays

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Western Michigan track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition at the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State University on Friday evening.

Maria McDaniel's performance in the fifth section of the was the big highlight of the day as the freshman set the second-fastest time in program history at 16:13.95, good for seventh overall. Her time was just 17.65 seconds shy of Caroline Mullen's record of 15:56.30 set back in 1987. It also bumped WMU Hall of Famer Kayla Skelly back to third all-time.

"Any time you get close to 16 minutes you are getting into 'Big Girl County' there," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "She started out conservatively but picked it up and at the end was passing girls like they were passing still. This should give her a lot of confidence going forward and she looked great for her first 5k on the track."

The low temperatures were ideal for distance runners as Ann Marie Arseneau and Hanne Christensen also turned in solid times in the 5,000. In her first outdoor 5,000 Christensen

finished with a time of 17:59.71 for fifth in her section. Arseneau, who was competing in a race for the first time since suffering an injury early in the indoor season, finished with a time of 17:35.75.

Naiomi Dulaney, Sarita Dotson, Lindsey Hufnagel and Jordan Anderson combined to take seventh in the sprint medley relay with a time of 4:08.89.

Jade McKnight battled the pouring rain and took fourth overall in the long jump to highlight the field events on the day. McKnight jumped a distance of 5.47 meter (17-11.50) in her first long jump of the outdoor season.

The bulk of the relays make up Saturday's action, which begins at 11 a.m.