YPSILANTI, Mich. – The 1600 relay team broke a school record and the Bowling Green State University indoor track and field team continued to make strides on the final day of the Mid-American Conference Championship Saturday. While the team finished in 11th place, the Falcons had a number of strong performances throughout the weekend.
"There were some positives this weekend and from the season as whole, especially if you look at where we were last year," second-year head coach Lou Snelling said. "Obviously we still have a long way to go and we will get back to work tomorrow with our outdoor season being just around the corner."
The most impressive result came in the 1600 relay as Taylor Rambo, Felicia Jefferson, Brittany Sinclair and Allison Weimer shattered the school record with a time of 3:46.89. The group was seeded seventh entering the meet but finished fourth overall.
"We are beyond proud of the girls in breaking a school record that has stood for more than a decade," Snelling said. "Coach (James) Gildon has done a great job with them in the short time he has been here. This type of result is what we are striving for across all event groups."
Brittany Sinclair capped off a strong weekend by setting a new personal best in the 400 and finishing sixth in the finals with a time of 56.70 seconds. She entered the weekend ranked 19th in the MAC in the event, but placed eighth in the prelims Friday to earn the last spot in the finals. She climbed two more spots Saturday.
"Brittany took big steps this weekend, significantly lowering her PR and helping her team," Snelling said. "With the proper focus and determination, she could turn into one of the premier 400 runners in the conference."
Brooke Pleger continued her steady year in the weight throw. Throughout the year, she continued to increase her own personal best and finished fifth at the MAC Championships with a distance of 61-feet-11.5.
"Brooke took some nice steps this indoor season," Snelling said. "We are excited to see what her fitness will translate into this outdoor season in the hammer."
MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP
Team Scoring: Kent State 175, Eastern Michigan 94, Western Michigan 73, Akron 71, Toledo 65, Buffalo 51, Ohio 38, Miami 35.5, Central Michigan 25.5, Northern Illinois 16, Bowling Green 12, Ball State 7
BGSU Day Two Results
400 – 6. Brittany Sinclair 56.70
Mile – 17. Maria Meredith 5:09.48
3000 – 18. Brea Tinney 10:18.33
1600 relay – 4. Taylor Rambo, Felicia Jefferson, Brittany Sinclair, Allison Weimer 3:46.89 (School Record)
Triple jump – 20. Dana Gates 32-0.75
Weight Throw – 5. Brooke Pleger 61-11.5