Mount Pleasant, Mich. – The Bowling Green State University track and field team overcame a slow start to the second day of the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday and rallied to score 35 points at the season-ending competition. BGSU placed ninth overall at the meet.
The Falcons were carried by underclassmen Saturday as 21 of the 23 points scored on day two of the meet were scored by student-athletes who have eligibility remaining.
"It was encouraging to see more athletes scoring points at this meet compared to last year," BGSU head coach Lou Snelling
said. "That will pay off long term. We had some very good individual performances, but ultimately fell short of our overall team goals. We will quickly recover from the meet and get back to work next week as we build into our outdoor season with the next MAC Championship being in 11 weeks. We feel like we are a better outdoor team and will have the opportunity to prove that shortly."
Junior Alicia Arnold
capped off a strong performance at the MAC Championships with a third place finish in the 200 and a sixth place result in the 60. She also ran a leg of the 1600 relay team that finished eighth. All of that came a day after she ran preliminary heats in the 60 and 200 as well as finishing fifth in the long jump.
Arnold and freshman Dorresha Green
combined to pick up two of the top six finishes in the 60. Green, who was seeded 11th
in the 60 entering the meet, qualified for finals with the eighth and last spot. But she set a new personal best with a time of 7.69 seconds to edge out Arnold for fifth by two-thousandths of a second.
In the 200, Arnold ran a new personal best time of 24.49 to finish just .09 seconds out of first. She is the second Falcon in as many years to see success at the MAC Championships in the 200 as graduated senior Jeanette Pettigrew
broke the school record and finished as runner-up in 2014.
In the shot put, sophomore Makenzie Wheat
continued to make strides, placing sixth with a throw of 49-feet-2.5. BGSU also posted a trio of seventh place finishes.
Senior Brittany Sinclair
ran 57.60 seconds in the 400 and junior Demetra Taylor
surprised with a seventh place finish in the 60 hurdles. She set a new personal best in the event in 8.83 seconds. Sophomore Raven Porter
also came from outside the favorites to finish seventh in the high jump. She cleared 5-6.25 for a new personal best.
The meet closed with the 1600 relay and the team of Taylor Rambo
, Gabrielle Edwards
, Arnold and Sinclair finished eighth in 3:55.63.
Bowling Green also had a handful of strong performances from those outside the top eight. Freshman Kyla Paster
made the finals in the triple jump and finished ninth at her first MAC Championships with a jump of 37-3.25. Junior Becca Rae
broke her personal best in the 3000 by almost eight seconds and finished 12th
in 9:56.81. Maria Meredith
finished two places above her entering seed in the mile, placing 14th
The Falcons are now off until beginning the outdoor track and field season at the Raleigh Relays March 27-28.
Eastern Michigan 110.75, Akron 107.75, Kent State 90.75, Northern Illinois 79, Buffalo 50, Toledo 48,
Western Michigan 45, Central Michigan 39.75, Bowling Green 35, Miami 26, Ball State 22, Ohio 9
Triple jump – 9. Kyla Paster
37-3.25, 14. Tiera Parker
Shot put – 6. Makenzie Wheat
Mile – 14. Maria Meredith
60 hurdles finals – 7. Demetra Taylor
High jump – 7. Raven Porter
400 finals – 7. Brittany Sinclair
60 finals – 5. Dorresha Green
7.69, 6. Alicia Arnold
200 finals – 3. Alicia Arnold
3000 – 12. Becca Rae
9:56.81, 17. Andrea Alt
1600 relay – 8. Taylor Rambo
, Gabrielle Edwards
, Alicia Arnold
, Brittany Sinclair