Toledo, Ohio – The Bowling Green State University track and field team scored 52 points and placed sixth at the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the team's best result in 17 years. The Falcons improved three places from a year ago and had not placed as highly since an identical sixth place result in 1999.
"We did it by committee this weekend," BGSU Head Coach Lou Snelling
said. "It was the culmination of the past five years. There are a few of our older girls who were here at the very beginning when we scored just one point. We've been building towards this and it's exciting to see it starting to come together. This isn't the endpoint, but for this year, we're happy with it."
Eastern Michigan won the MAC Championship with 152 points, followed by Akron with 130. Northern Illinois had 110.5 and Kent State also surpassed the 100-point barrier with 104.5. Central Michigan was just ahead of the Falcons at 67 points and BGSU finished ahead of seventh-place Toledo (46 points) and eight-place Miami (45 points). Western Michigan had 38 points and Ohio added 32. Buffalo was 11th
with 27 points and Ball State ended with 14 points.
The Falcons used a strong start to the third day of competition to hold onto its position entering the day. Raven Porter
, seeded seventh in the high jump, battled early-day rain and wind to jump 5-feet-5.25 and place fourth. Only 10 high jumpers cleared the entry height and only two were able to clear 5-7.25. Four competitors failed at that height but Porter earned tiebreak advantages over two based on clean jumps earlier in the day.
At that same time, Kori Reiser
was skyrocketing up the standings in the discus. The redshirt junior was seeded 11th
but finished fifth overall. Competing out of the first flight, Reiser threw 150-10 to qualify for finals in fifth place. On her first throw of finals, she threw a season-best 154-0 and jumped into third. Two others would eventually pass her but she gave the Falcons four points with her result.
Bowling Green carried that early success into the rest of the day, scoring points in five other events. Taylor Rambo
led the way with a fourth-place finish in the 400 with a season-best time of 55.28 seconds, just shy of her personal best. Alicia Arnold
placed in two events, finishing sixth in the 200 at 24.64 seconds and eighth in the 100 at 11.85 seconds. Rachel Walny
, who earned a third-place finish in the 10,000 Friday, finished seventh in the 5,000 in 17:05.99. Finally, the 400 relay team of Cortisha Short
, Arnold, Kera Lamotte
and Dorresha Green
ended seventh in 46.44 seconds, the eighth-fastest time in school history.
BGSU is expecting to send multiple student-athletes to the NCAA East Region Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla. May 26-28. The Falcons will await official announcement from the NCAA this week on those who will continue to compete in the 2016 season.
Eastern Michigan 152, Akron 130, Northern Illinois 110.5, Kent State 104.5,
Central Michigan 67, Bowling Green 52, Toledo 46, Miami 45,
Western Michigan 38, Ohio 32, Buffalo 27, Ball State 14
100 – 8. Alicia Arnold
200 – 6. Alicia Arnold
400 – 4. Taylor Rambo
1500 – 9. Cassandra Boyle
5000 – 7. Rachel Walny
17:05.99, 15. Elena Lancioni
17:54.58, 16. Jasmine Redman
400 relay – 7. Cortisha Short
, Alicia Arnold
, Kera Lamotte
, Dorresha Green
1600 relay – 11. Brianna Johnson
, Gabrielle Edwards
, Kera Lamotte
, Taylor Rambo
Discus – 5. Kori Reiser
154-0/46.93m, 14. Aliyah Gustafson
High jump – 4. Raven Porter
Triple jump – 9. Kyla Paster
38-5/11.71m, 14. Tiera Parker
37-2.5/11.34m, 16. Jade Nolan