WMU - Pickett Scores in Long Jump; Several Broncos Qualify for Saturday
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MUNCIE, Ind. -- Senior Kathryn Pickett took fourth overall in the long jump and several Broncos secured spots in Saturday's finals as Western Michigan wrapped up day two at the 2015 Outdoor Mid-American Conference Champions at Ball State on Friday.
Pickett reached a distance of 5.86m (19-02.75) to earn five points, giving WMU 13 so far in two days for eighth place.
Pickett wasn't done there, though. The Glendale Heights, Ill., native went on to set the BSU track record in the preliminaries of the 400-meter hurdles at 59.90 seconds. The time was the top qualifying time of the day, in what ended up being a stellar event for the Broncos. Senior Lindsey Hufnagel also qualified after running 1:00.42 and was joined by sophomore Keyera Lige at 1:01.31 to qualify the maximum amount of runners for WMU. Pickett and Hufnagel also went on to qualify for the finals in the 100-meter hurdles. Pickett won her heat with a time of 13.86, while Hufnagel claimed the final qualifying spot after a time of 14.11 seconds.
Sophomore Artia Gunn qualified in the 100-meter dash after running the fourth-fastest time of 11.77 seconds for a spot in Saturday's finals. Gunn, along with fellow sophomore Sarita Dotson, both qualified in the 200-meter dash. Gunn ran a qualifying time of 24.33 seconds, with Dotson just behind her at 24.47.
Freshman Ayiana Gaines dominated qualifying in the 400-meter dash. She earned the top spot with a personal-best time of 54.09 seconds. She was .82 seconds faster than Bowling Green's Brittany Sinclair, who took the second qualifying spot at 54.91 seconds. Gaines is looking to become just the sixth Bronco in program history to break the 54-second mark in the event.
Amy Littlefield and Becca Peacock also competed on the day, running in the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Littlefield just missed scoring after running a time of 11:23.74, taking 10th overall. Peacock finished right behind her with a season-best time of 11:23.74.