WMU - Track & Field Has Strong Showing at Notre Dame Invitational

WMU - Track & Field Has Strong Showing at Notre Dame Invitational

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Western Michigan track and field wrapped up competition at the Notre Dame Invitational, taking fifth, in a field of top teams on Saturday.

The Broncos scored 31 total points on the day , finishing behind preseason top 25 teams Notre Dame, Michigan Stae and champions Michigan. Louisville finished in second with 11 points and the Wolverines topped the meet with 144.

"Those are some really good teams," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "They all have some top end kids but I thought we competed very well today. We're just a little banged up and don't have that 3-4 solid athletes in every event like wee will need down the road."

One of the top performances on the day came from junior runner Claire Gilbert in the mile run. Gilbert shaved 12 seconds off her personal-best time and ran 4:53.21, the fourth fastest in program history.

"It was a great performance," said Lycan on Gilbert's huge personal-best. "That's going to put her in the picture in the MAC. We might have a race now between her and Maria (McDaniel) to see who breaks the school record after today's performance."

Sophomore Sarita Dotson also turned in a personal-best time in the 200-meter dash. Dotson took third overall with a time of 24.55 seconds and also went on run a time of 7.77 seconds in the 60-meter dash.

Dotson was also a part of the 4x400-meter relay team that ran its fastest time of the season at 3:49.78. Ayiana Gaines, Jordan Anderson and Kaniya Weatherspoon combined with her to take third overall.

Weatherspoon also competed well in the open 400-meter dash, running 58 seconds flat.

Senior Kirstie Wieber also had a strong day in the pole vault, reaching 12 feet, 5.50 inches to take fifth place.

The Broncos head west to the University of Minnesota next Friday and Saturday for the Jack Johnson Invitational.