Bowling Green, Ohio – The Bowling Green State University indoor track and field team won five events and earned three Mid-American Conference automatic qualifying marks as the Falcons opened the season Saturday evening by hosting the BG Opener.
Bowling Green hosted Miami, Ball State and Cleveland State in an unscored meet.
1600 RELAY CAPS THE NIGHT
- Two Falcons won multiple events Saturday night as freshman Ayanna Burrell won both the long jump and triple jump, while redshirt senior Aliyah Gustafson won the weight throw and shot put.
- Gustafson earned a MAC automatic qualifying bid in the weight throw by throwing 62-feet-4 (19.00m) and then followed that up with a MAC auto bid in the shot put at 50-6.25 (15.40m).
- Burrell won the long jump in her first collegiate meet with a jump of 17-9 (5.41m). She followed that up later in the night by winning the triple jump at 37-3 (11.35m).
OTHER NOTABLE EFFORTS
- Bowling Green won an exciting race in the 1600 relay to close out the night.
- Chasatea Brown, Brianna Tidmore, Mis'cha Sellers and Jazzlynn Gaiters posted a time of 3:57.30 to win the event.
- The Falcons sat in second place after the first leg, but quickly moved into first with a strong leg from Tidmore. The Falcons continued to stretch the lead on Sellers' third leg.
- Gaiters, just a freshmen, took the baton with the lead on the anchor but Ball State quickly closed the gap. Over the final 100 meters, Gaiters regained control of the race and closed strong for the win.
FROM HEAD COACH LOU SNELLING
- Kaila Butler earned a MAC automatic qualifying bid with a second place finish in the weight throw. She tossed the apparatus 60-feet-3.75 (18.38m).
- Bowling Green took the top four spots in the weight throw and the top three in the shot put.
- Ryen Draper ran a solid time of 57.67 in the 400 to place third overall.
- Mis'cha Sellers was third in the 200 and Iyanna Ross, running unattached, placed third in both the 60 prelims and then in the finals.
- "It's always interesting to see the new group out and what they are going to do. The expectations are always high for the throws group. The weight throw was solid and something will can build from."
- "We have a couple more weeks before we break. A lot of the responsibility will be on the student-athletes to get the work done while they are at home. We need to keep building and moving in the right direction."
- Bowling Green has six weeks off before competing in the Wolverine Invitational Jan. 12.
- The Falcons will then host Toledo for a dual meet Jan. 18 at 5:00 pm.
Long jump – 1. Ayanna Burrell
High jump – 4. Stacey Wolverton
Weight throw – 1. Aliyah Gustafson
62-4 (19.00m), 2. Kaila Butler
60-3.75 (18.38m), 3. Allie Farmer
56-0 (17.07m), 4. Daija Young
54-6.75 (16.63m), 9. Katie Seyfang
(unattached) 45-11.25 (14.00m), 11. Katelyn King
Triple jump – 1. Ayanna Burrell
Shot put – 1. Aliyah Gustafson
50-6.25 (15.40m), 2. Zaresha Neal
(unattached) 47-1.5 (14.36m), 3. Ebonie Whitted
(unattached) 45-0.25 (13.72m), 6. Daija Young
60 prelims – 3. Iyanna Ross
(unattached) 7.90, 4. Chasatea Brown
60 finals – 3. Iyanna Ross
(unattached) 7.88, 5. Chasatea Brown
200 – 3. Mis'cha Sellers
25.95, 4. Iyanna Ross
(unattached) 26.29, 5. Ryen Draper
400 – 3. Ryen Draper
57.67, 6. Jazzlynn Gaiters
58.64, 7. Brianna Tidmore
1600 relay – 1. Chasatea Brown
, Brianna Tidmore
, Mis'cha Sellers
, Jazzlynn Gaiters