WMU - Gaines Breaks 200m Dash Record in Qualifying at MAC Championship

WMU - Gaines Breaks 200m Dash Record in Qualifying at MAC Championship

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TOLEDO, Ohio -- Sophomore Ayiana Gaines broke the Western Michigan 200-meter dash record as she qualified in the 200 and the 400-meter dash finals on qualifying day at the 2016 Outdoor Mid-American Conference Track & Field Championships at the University of Toledo on Friday.

In the 200 Gaines ran a time of 23.65 seconds to take the second-best qualifying time and beating out former Bronco great Iris Campbell's record by .17 seconds. She then crushed the track record at Toledo in the 400 with a time of 52.70 seconds to earn the top qualifying spot in the event she won at the last Outdoor MAC Championship. Gaines' time was so dominant that she was over 2.34 seconds faster than the second-place qualifier Jordan Ordway from Kent State. Senior Diajah Ruffin also qualified in the event, breaking 56 seconds for the first time in her career after running a time of 55.35 seconds.

Fellow senior Artia Gunn claimed the final qualifying spot in the 100-meter hurdles after running a time of 14.30 seconds.

Freshman Diana Holsey finished off the heptathlon and claimed eighth place to score at the MAC Championship for the first time in her young career, taking one point. She finished the events with 4,325 points just ahead of teammate Allison Hufnagel at 4,285.

WMU fell just shy of getting qualifiers in the 100-meter dash and long jump. Among the 100 hurdles, 200 and 400 finals, the Broncos will also compete in the 4x100-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay, triple jump and discus on Saturday.

Akron leads the MAC Championship with 55 points, followed by Central Michigan and Kent State at 44. WMU sits tied with Ball State with 1 point but the team have put themselves in prime position to climb the ladder on the final day.