WMU - 4x4 Runs Fastest Time of Season at Tennessee Relays

WMU - 4x4 Runs Fastest Time of Season at Tennessee Relays

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Three relay teams finished in the top eight for the Western Michigan track and field team to highlight the final day of competition at the Tennessee Relays Powered by Sea Ray on Saturday night.

WMU's Aiyana Gaines, Sarita Dotson, Kathryn Pickett and Keyera Lige combined to run the team's fastest 4x400-meter relay time of the 3:44.08. Dotson ran the squad's fastest split at 54 seconds and was able to put the Broncos in the lead for a short period of time. Lige was a late add to the squad after an injury to another Bronco on Friday.

"All of our sprint relays we did this weekend, we just kind of patched together," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "I thought Keyera did a good job of stepping up and Kathryn ran a really strong and aggressive leg. She really sets the tone when she runs like that."

WMU's sprint medley relay team of Ashley White, Jade McKnight, Mallory Myler and Jordan Anderson combined to finish fourth overall with a time of 4:15.21. In the distance medley relay team Maria McDaniel, Anderson, Claire Gilbert and Makenzie Evers combined to take seventh overall with a time of 12:18.65.

"I thought our 4x4 team ran like they should," added Lycan. "With all the runners that stepped up, it's really encouraging for the next few weeks when we get some of our injured athletes back. We have just been extraordinarily bitten by the injury bug throughout the outdoor season. I thought some of those ladies got some great experience out there running in a meet like this and turning in some good times."

Western Michigan heads to the University of Illinois for the Illini Twilight meet on Saturday.