WMU - 4x400 Squad Runs MAC's Fastest Time at Mt. SAC Relays

WMU - 4x400 Squad Runs MAC's Fastest Time at Mt. SAC Relays

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WALNUT, Calif. -- The Western Michigan track and field team wrapped up the Mt. SAC Relays late Saturday evening with the 4x400-meter relay team running the Mid-American Conference's fastest time to highlight the weekend.

Sarita Dotson, Ayiana Gaines, Keyera Lige and Naoimi Dulaney combined to run a time of 3:42.31 seconds, over two seconds faster than Kent State's previous MAC-best of 3:44.46. Dotson's return was key to the lineup, the junior had been out in recent weeks with an injury.

"It was good to get Sarita back and going," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "I was hoping we could make it under 3:40 but I'll take 3:42 at this pointin the season."

Gaines also ran her fastest 400-meter dash time of the season, finishing with a time of 53.91 seconds. Gaines finished fifth overall but third among collegiate finishers and is the first runner from the MAC to break 54 seconds.

WMU also had student-athletes competing at the Don Kleinow Invitational at Seina Heights University. The big highlight came from junior Kara Craig, who won the javelin with a distance of 31.54m (103' 6"). Success for the Broncos also came in the discus and the hammer throw with Brittany Casey leading the way with third place finishes in both. In the discus she threw 40.88m (134' 1") and was followed by Riley Wilhelm in fourth place and Alex Ferguson in sixth. Casey also threw 46.76m (153' 5") in the hammer throw, while teammate Samantha Howard reached 46.72m (153' 3") to take fourth.

Renee Letz took second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.44 and Ashley White took fifth in the 200-meter dash after running a time of 26.25 seconds.

Up next for Western Michigan is the Illinois Twilight meet at the University of Illinois on Saturday.