Track and Field Summaries

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (April 3) - While the 2004 outdoor seasons have been underway for several weeks now, Western Michigan's track and field teams competed close to home for the first time Saturday, taking part in the non-scored Spring Opener at Notre Dame.

Due to technical difficulties at the finish line, only limited official meet results were available at press time. Based on unofficial results, however, both Bronco squads turned in solid performances.

Kelly Lycan's team recorded four first-place finishes. Chelsea Humphrey took first in the 100m hurdles (13.88) while Lori Vander Meulen captured top honors in the 800m run (2:19.12) for the second straight week. Janee' Beville took home the long jump title (17'-4.25"). WMU's 4x400 relay (4:07.49) of Katie Pickette, Janaule Bennett, Victoria Bassett and Wanda Tippit also placed first.

Just as impressive was senior Kristi Ford's effort in the hammer throw. With a toss of 175'-9", Ford qualified for the NCAA Regionals, to be held May 28-29 in Baton Rouge, La. Ford's leap of 5'-6" in the high jump was good enough for second place.

"We had some good competitive efforts, despite the weather," said Lycan, whose team battled stiff wind gusts the entire afternoon. "It was nice to go up against good MAC competition like Ball State and Central Michigan."

WMU travels to the Sea Ray Relays next week (April 8-9) in Knoxville, Tenn.

Mike Turk's squad, competing for the first time outdoors since March 6, produced a first-place finish in the 1,500m run with Kris Seat's performance (a hand time of 3:57.2). David Springer won the high jump, clearing 6'-4.75".

WMU also generated runner-up finishes in the four field events -- Elvin Frempong in the long jump (21'-8.75"), Jason Evelyn in the triple jump (48'-3.5"), and Clark Wilson in the shot put (53'-9.75") and discus (154'-9"). Darius Johnson took second in the 200m dash (21.68).

"We had a pretty solid day and it was a good chance for us to get back in the swing of things," said Turk. "We needed this tune-up to get ready for a big scored meet next week at Western Illinois."

Western Michigan travels to the Lee Calhoun Invitational (April 10) in Macomb, Ill.

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