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Falcons Dash To Akron For Weekend Meet

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Coming off one of the strongest weekends in recent history, the BGSU Track and Field team will head across the state to compete in Akron's Northeast Ohio Quad. The meet starts at 3:30 p.m. Friday and then again at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Falcons will look to build upon two school-record performances this past weekend as Brooke Pleger set a new mark in the hammer throw and the 4x200 relay team also broke the program record.
 
FOLLOWING THE FALCONS
Fans can follow the BGSU outdoor track and field team all year long through a variety of ways. The official website of BGSU Athletics, BGSUFalcons.com, has preview and postgame stories, full statistics, the schedule, roster, live stats links and much more. On social media, fans are encouraged to follow @BGAthletics on twitter and/or BGSU track and field athletic communications contact Jason Knavel via @jknavel. Follow the team on Facebook by searching for Bowling Green Track.
 
LAST TIME OUT
Brooke Pleger vaulted herself in the National Championship conversation in the hammer throw and the BGSU 4x200 relay team broke a new school record at the Raleigh Relays. The Falcons sent a split squad to North Carolina State and to Toledo for the Collegiate Challenge, but BGSU put together an eye-opening performance in Raleigh. Pleger threw the hammer 212-feet-6 for a new meet, facility and school record. The distance ranks third in the country and first in the region at this point in the season. As well, the 4x200 relay team of Jeanette Pettigrew, Taylor Rambo, Brittany Sinclair and Allison Weimer put their stamp on the record book with a school record time of 1:37.80, more than a second better than the previous record of 1:38.95.
 
RANKING THE MAC
BGSU ranks in the top 20 in the MAC in the following events:
 
100 – 6. Jeanette Pettigrew, 10. Allison Weimer, 14. Brittany Sinclair, 15. Taylor Rambo
200 – 7. Allison Weimer, 12. Taylor Rambo
400 – 10. Brittany Sinclair, 12. Allison Weimer, 14. Taylor Rambo
1500 – 13. Maria Meredith
5000 – 7. Andrea Alt, 8. Jasmine Redman, 11. Kendra Kezur
100 hurdles – 8. Demetra Taylor
400 hurdles – 9. Demetra Taylor, 10. Brittany Sinclair, 11. Natalie Sommerville
High jump – 18. Krystin Reiser
Long jump – 12. Tiera Parker, 17. Dana Gates
Triple jump – 8. Tiera Parker, 16. Lisa Worthey, 17. Dana Gates
Discus – 20. Kayla Velasquez
Hammer – 1. Brooke Pleger, 11. Kayla Velasquez, 12. Shana Flanary
 
YOUTH REIGNS
Of the 27 marks that currently rank among the top 20 in the MAC for BGSU student-athletes, they are represented by 20 freshmen or sophomores (13 freshmen and seven sophomores). In fact, of the nine marks that rank among the top 10, seven are freshmen or sophomores.
 
PLEGER NAMED MAC FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Brooke Pleger earned the Mid-American Conference's Field Athlete of the Week Tuesday after breaking the school record with her hammer throw of 212-feet-6. She is the first BGSU Track and Field athlete to be honored by the conference with a weekly award in five years. Interestingly, the last athlete to be honored, Whitney Hartman, is the former hammer throw record-holder.
 
REGIONAL/NATIONAL RANKINGS
In order to qualify for the NCAA East Region Championship, competitors must be ranked in the top 48 in an event. Currently, Brooke Pleger is the only BGSU student-athlete ranked in the top 50 and she is first in the hammer throw. The top 12 finishers in the East Region in an event will compete in the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor National Championship. Currently, Pleger ranks third in the country in  the hammer throw.
 
MAC RECORD ON THE HORIZON?
After throwing the hammer 212-feet-6 at the Raleigh Relays, Brooke Pleger has a chance to establish herself as one of the top hammer throwers in Mid-American Conference history. In fact, only Stevi Large has thrown it further in a MAC Championship and she went on to win the National Championship. Listed below are the top five distances for a MAC Champion in the hammer throw.

Distance Competitor (School) Year
213-10 Stevi Large (Akron) 2009
206-4 Shant'e White (Buffalo) 2011
202-7 Stevi Large (Akron) 2007
199-6 Stevi Large (Akron) 2008
198-10 Faith Thompson (Buffal) 2005







 
RELAY RECORDS
BGSU's 4x200 relay team of Jeanette Pettigrew, Taylor Rambo, Brittany Sinclair and Allison Weimer made their mark at the Raleigh Relays, setting a new school record with a time of 1:37.70. That time is more than a full second faster than the previous school record of 1:38.94, set in 1995 by Julie Shade, Andrea Lindsley, Clarice Gregory and Kaleitha Johnson. Pettigrew and Weimer were also part of the school record sprint medley relay team that set the school standard in 2011.
 
PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF
Sophomore Natalie Sommerville competed in the 400 hurdles at the MAC Championships a year ago and ran a personal best time of 1:03.58. As this year started, she picked right up where she left off, running a 1:03.50 at the UC Early Bird Relays. She then pushed her personal best even higher, running a 1:03.11 at the Raleigh Relays.
 
THE NEXT CLASS
BGSU head coach Lou Snelling announced the signing of six student-athletes for the 2013-14 school year. Makenzie Wheat (Aurora, Ind./South Dearborn HS), Aliyah Gustafson (Iowa City, Iowa/City HS), Becca Schott (Montgomery, Mich./Coldwater HS), Brittney Darah (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne HS), Rachel Durbin (Memphis, Mich./Armada HS) and Jody Musser (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson HS) will all compete for the Falcons beginning in 2013-14.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS
The BGSU track and field team has been named a United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team for each of the past six years. The Falcons had a 3.24 combined grade point average to earn the award in 2012, fifth-best among MAC schools.
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