WMU - Track & Field Wraps Up Gladstein Invitational

WMU - Track & Field Wraps Up Gladstein Invitational

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Western Michigan track and field team wrapped up its first two-day meet of the season, competing at Indiana University's Gladstein Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Sophomore Erin Dowd's win in the open 400m run marked the top finish for a Bronco on the weekend. Dowd finished in an indoor personal-best time of 56.43 seconds to beat out Butler's Allie Vogeler by .07 seconds.

Fellow sophomore Gabrielle Collins continued her hot start, finishing third overall in the long jump. Collins fourth jump proved to be her best, reaching a distance of 5.78m (18-11.75). The field events provided the majority of the highlights for the Broncos with freshman Abena Atuobi throwing a season-best 14.25m (46-09) to claim fifth in the shot put. Kaydon Fosler also had a top-five finish, tying for fourth in the high jump after reaching a height of 1.63m (5-4.25).

"We really see a lot of things starting to blossom," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "Our field events are getting better but just not quite dialed in yet. Right now, the process is more important than the product as we try to refine things. We are almost out of January and I see some signs of things starting to pop."

Senior distance runner Hanne Christensen had a personal-best indoor 3,000-meter run time of 9:48.81 to take fifth place. Sarah Anderson also had a personal-best performance in the mile run. Anderson took sixth in the fast heat with a time of 4:58.62.

Davonne Bolden, Alex Bryant, Kaniya Weatherspoon and Dowd combined to run WMU's fastest time of the season so far at 3:52.33, taking fourth place.

WMU continues its journey through Big 10 country, traveling to the University of Minnesota for the Jack Johnson Invitational next Friday and Saturday.