MAC Championship Results Through Day OnePhoto Gallery
Muncie, Ind. – Brooke Pleger
keeps doing Brooke Pleger
things. The senior star of the Bowling Green State University track and field team won the Mid-American Conference Championship for the third consecutive year Thursday, breaking the MAC Championship record for the third time.
Pleger, who already ranks first in the country in the hammer throw, set a new personal best with a toss of 228-feet-9 (69.72m), leaving her tantalizingly close to a milestone 70-meter throw. She is just the second student-athlete in MAC history to win the hammer throw three times in a career, joining former national champion Stevi Large – who won the event four times. Pleger, though, long ago dismantled Large's MAC Championship (213-10) and MAC overall records (223-4) during her career.
"My goal for the day was to win, but to finish with a PR was exciting," Pleger said. "It wasn't the best 'feeling' throw and I wasn't expecting it to go as far as it did, so it's exciting to know there's a lot more left in there."
In fact, Pleger didn't just win the MAC Championship Thursday, she dominated with a performance that was 27 feet further than Kent State's Jackie Leppelmeier in second place. The worst of Pleger's six throws would have won the MAC Championship by 11 feet and would rank her ninth in the country. And it was fitting that her last throw ever at the MAC Championships was her best. In each of her last three competitions, she has saved her best throw for last.
As a team, BGSU Track and Field started the weekend off well. The Falcons are tied with Northern Illinois for sixth place through the first day of competition with 12 points, just one point behind Central Michigan.
Along with Pleger in the hammer throw, redshirt sophomore Kori Reiser
threw 182-9 to get on the scoring podium in eighth place, while redshirt sophomore Kayla Velasquez
threw 181-6 to finish ninth.
In the longest race of the meet, Mackenzie McMillin
earned a point for the Falcons in the 10,000 by running a personal best time of 35:59.06 to place eighth. She moved up two spots to sixth in BGSU history with a steady effort throughout the event.
In the heptathlon, freshman Sydnee Matthew
and senior Krystin Reiser
set themselves up for success on day two. After four of the seven events, Matthew sits in ninth place and Reiser is just one point behind in 10th
. They are both within striking distance of a top eight finish.
In the javelin, freshman Libby Burkhart
threw 108-4 in her first MAC Championship appearance. She entered the meet seeded No. 14 but finished one spot higher in 13th
BGSU will return to action for day two of the MAC Championships Friday at 11:30 am. The Falcons will compete 19 times in 10 events during the day, including six trials and four championship events.
Team Scores: Akron 37, Toledo 21, Eastern Michigan 20.5, Kent State 20,
Central Michigan 13, Northern Illinois 12, Bowling Green 12,
Western Michigan 8, Ohio 7, Buffalo 5.5
10,000 – 8. Mackenzie McMillin
35:59.06, 13. Becca Rae
37:15.18, 17. Rebecca Schott
Hammer throw – 1. Brooke Pleger
228-9, 8. Kori Reiser
182-9, 9. Kayla Velasquez
Javelin – 13. Libby Burkhart
Heptathlon (through four events) – 9. Sydnee Matthew
2,617, 10. Krystin Reiser