WMU - Track & Field Wraps Up Victor Lopez Classic
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HOUSTON -- The Western Michigan track and field team wrapped up the final day of competition at the 34th annual Victor Lopez Classic at Rice University on Saturday with a win in the 400-meter dash and a solid performance in the 4x100-meter relay highlighting the day's results.
Sophomore Ayiana Gaines picked up right where she left off during indoor season, running a time of 54.08 seconds in the 400-meter dash. Gaines took fourth overall but was the top collegiate finisher on the day. Freshman Kaniya Weatherspoon also turned in a quality time in her first career outdoor meet, finsihing at 57.67 and eighth among collegiate runners.
Gaines was also a part of the 4x100-meter relay squad that took second place, along with Sarita Dotson, Naiomi Dulaney and Artia Gunn. The team combined fora time of 46.27 seconds, getting edged out by Stephen F. Austin for the win.
"The one thing that was surprisingly good was their performance," said head coach Kelly Lycan of his 4x100 team. "That's a very hard event to practice indoors but our hand-offs were really good. That's a pretty good performance to get a time in the low 46's this early in the season."
Dotson also ran WMU's top time in the 100-meter dash, finishing at 12.23 seconds. Dulaney finished just behind her at 12.36.
After a good day in the 1,500-meter run on Friday both Jordan Anderson and freshman Haley Ritsema turned in solid times in the 800-meter run. Anderson finished just outside the top 10 with a time of 2:17.53, while Ritesma finished at 2:19.75 to wrap up the highlights.
Western Michigan hosts reigning Mid-American Conference Indoor Champions Eastern Michigan on Friday for the Bronco Classic beginning at 1 p.m.