Wieber Breaks Pole Vault Record as WMU Wins Ball State Tune-Up
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MUNCIE, Ind. -- A school record fell and two more nearly fell as the Western Michigan track and field team went 3-0 in a three-team dual meet at the Ball State Tune-Up on Friday night.
WMU defeated Wright State 120.50-76.50, IPFW 127.50-41.50, and the host Cardinals 107-80. The Broncos also won seven events on the night.
"I thought we had some really good performances today," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "We rebounded well after a rough outing in Alabama last weekend."
Kirstie Wieber claimed the school indoor pole vault record as her own, reaching a height of 3.86 meters (12 feet, 8 inches). Wieber had previously tied the record of 3.85 meters until her first-place height today.
Sarita Dotson nearly broke records in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, instead running the second-fastest times in program history in both events. In the 60 she ran a time of 7.59 to claim first place. WMU actually took all top three spots with Naiomi Dulaney taking second at 7.71 and Arita Gunn in third at 7.73. All three times were new personal-bests. In the 200 Dotson ran a time of 24.50 seconds, finishing shy of Iris Campbell's mark of 24.17 set back in 2013. Dulaney finished just behind her at 25.04 to take second place.
"You could see that coming," said Lycan on Dotson's near-record breaking performance. "She's really looked great in practice these past few weeks and we got to see that today."
Sophomore Maria McDaniel dominated the mile run, taking first place with a time of 4:57.54. Amy Littlefield turned in another solid performance after a personal-best in the mile last weekend, this time taking second with a time of 5:10.06. In the 3,000-meter run junior Daya Wagh won her first collegiate race after finishing with a time of 10:43.50.
Junior Jade McKnight took first place in the long jump after reaching a distance of 5.49 meters (18 feet, 0.25 inches). Ayiana Gaines finished in third place at 5.18m (17 feet) and also went on to take second in her first ever 800-meter run. Gaines had stuck to the race plan crafted by Lycan but lost her shoe during the second-half of the race, but still managed to run a time of 2:18.38.
Freshman Allison Hufnagel took second place in the high jump after reaching a height of 5 feet, 2.50 inches, nearly reaching 5 feet, 4 inches which would put her in position to score at the MAC Championship.
Senior Alex Ferguson threw a personal-best distance of 15.15 meters (49 feet, 8 inches) in the weight throw to take third place and highlight the throws for the Broncos.
Western Michigan heads to the University of Akron for the 2016 Indoor MAC Championships next Friday.