WMU - Broncos Take Two Event Titles at the Jack Johnson Classic
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MINNEAPOLIS – The Western Michigan track and field team earned two event titles as it wrapped up competition at the University of Minnesota's Jack Johnson Classic on Saturday evening.
Sophomores Erin Dowd and Madison Meredith both picked up the wins for the Broncos. Dowd ran a time of 56.98 seconds to claim the top spot in the 400-meter dash, while Meredith took first overall in the 60-meter dash after a season-best time of 7.67 seconds. Freshman sprinter Diamond Mitchell also had a season-best time in the 60, finishing fourth overall with a time of 7.72 seconds.
Meredith and Mitchell were two of WMU's four finishers that landed in the top eight of the 200-meter dash. Meredith took third place with a time of 25.64 seconds, followed by Mitchell in sixth at 25.96, Alex Brant in seventh at 26.13 and Erica Sheahan in eighth at 26.56.
"Usually at the end of January or early February is when our short sprints start to heat up," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "It was nice to see that get going. Overall I thought we had a pretty good showing."
Dowd was a part of WMU's 4x400-meter relay team that finished in second overall. She combined with Bryant, Davonne Bolden and Gabrielle Collins to run a time of 3:54.36. Collins also nearly had a personal-best time in the 60-meter hurdles, running 8.80 seconds to take third overall. She also reached at least 19 feet for the second time this season in the long jump, making a distance of 19 even.
Another big accomplishment on the day was from Maria McDaniel. McDaniel had missed the past two years of track and field due to injuries and returnd to action today, running a time of 5:15.36 in the mile run.
"It was a good start for her after being out of action for so long," added Lycan. "She's just going to keep getting better as the season goes on. Maria is a great kid and works very hard."
On Friday, junior Allison Hufnagel finished with a career-high 3,358 points in the pentathlon to take seventh overall. Hufnagel had a personal-best performance in the shot put and then top-eight finishes in the other four events to come out with her new career high.
Western Michigan now heads to the University of Notre Dame for the famed Meyo Invitational next weekend.