Collins Nearly Breaks Long Jump Record as WMU Wraps Up Tiger Track Classic

Collins Nearly Breaks Long Jump Record as WMU Wraps Up Tiger Track Classic

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AUBURN, Ala., -- A school record nearly fell as the Western Michigan track and field team wrapped up competition at the Tiger Track Classic at Auburn University over the weekend.

Redshirt sophomore Gabrielle Collins produced the second-best long jump in program history to highlight the meet for the Broncos. On Friday, Collins finished third overall and jumped a distance of 19' 10.75" (6.06 meters).

"That's our first jumper over six meters in a while," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "I've been telling the team that all we needed was a break in the weather and we would see some of these performances pop. This weekend was a good indication of that."

Maria McDaniel had the highest finish of any Bronco, winning the 1,500-meter run on Friday. McDaniel ran a time of 5:44.92 to take first place by nearly three seconds. She later went on to take third in the 5,000-meter run. McDaniel nearly broke the 10-minute mark, running 10:01.81 for her best time of the season.

Sarah Anderson finished second collegiately and third overall in the 800-meter run after running a time of 2:09.20. She was edged out by former Bronco Jordan Anderson by .10 seconds and winner Brittany Neeley from Indiana State by just .47 seconds.

Senior Davonne Bolden ran her fastest time of the year in the 400-meter dash, turning in a mark of 56.05 seconds and finishing in eight overall and sixth collegiately. Sophomore Erica Sheahan had personal-bests in the 100-meter dash of 12.19 seconds and in the triple jump of 37' 5.25" (11.41m). Fellow sophomore Erin Dowd took third collegiately and fourth overall in the 400-meter hurdles, running a time 1:00.62.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Sheahan, Madison Meredith, Alex Bryant and Bolden ran the team's fastest time of the year at 47.14 seconds, taking ninth.

Western Michigan now heads to Ohio State University for the annual Jesse Owens Invitational next Friday and Saturday.