WMU Falls to EMU in Bronco Classic

WMU Falls to EMU in Bronco Classic

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KALAMAZOO -- Eastern Michigan track and field defeated the host Western Michigan Broncos 108-84 at the Bronco Classic on Friday afternoon.

WMU won five events on the day but were unable to keep up with the Eagles. Western Michigan's success came in all areas, including middle distance, throws and hurdles.

One of the most exciting events on the day resulting in a win for the Broncos in the 800-meter run. WMU's Jordan Anderson squeaked out the victory by .07 seconds over EMU's Agata Klimovich with a time of 2:17.29. Claire Gilbert also took third place for Western Michigan, finishing not that far behind at 2:19.61.

Also earning a win was freshman Maria McDaniel in the 1,500-meter run. McDaniel trailed for the first lap but took the lead during the second and never looked back. The star youngster finished with a time of 4:29.54 with Eastern Michigan's Taylor Knoll finished in second at 4:34.07.

In the throws the Broncos claimed a victory in the shot put. Freshman Jade Madison took the Bronco Classic championship with a distance of 44 feet. Just behind her was Maria Tomlinson in second place with a distance of 43 feet, 1 inch to earn eight valuable points in the event.

Senior Stephanie Negrete took second overall but was the first collegiate competitor in the discus after throwing a distance of 149 feet, 7 inches. Brittany Casey earned two points after a fourth-place finish with a distance of 132 feet, 5 inches.

Western Michigan also claimed the top two spots in the 400-meter hurdles. Lindsey Hufnagel got back to her winning ways after taking the top spot with a time of 1:03.44. Sophomore Keyera Lige finished right behind her teammate with a time of 1:03.75.

WMU took second-place finishes in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes. Sarita Dotson finished the 200 with a time of 24.63 seconds, while Alexis Hull took second in the 400 with a time of 57.59.

The Broncos took second and third in the 100-meter hurdles with Artia Gunn claiming second with a time of 14.67 seconds. Hufnagel took the third spot after a time of 14.73. WMU had the same finish in the long jump after Jade McKnight finished in second with a jump of 18 feet, 7.25 inches. Senior Kathryn Pickett was just behind her with a jump of 18 feet, 5 inches.

Up next for Western Michigan is the famed Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee next weekend.