Track and Field Results

DES MOINES, Iowa (April 22-24) - Competing in one of the nation's premier meets, Western Michigan left its mark at the 95th Annual Drake Relays, held at Drake Stadium. Inclement weather dominated the final day of action.

Drake Relays
The Broncos broke a nine-year-old school record in the 4x1,600m relay, as the quartet of Christi Valanty, Meryl Marsh, Rachel Lowe and Victoria Bassett combined for a time of 20:25.09. All told, WMU took part in eight relay races over the weekend, establishing a season-best time in the 4x200 (1:38.10) and the distance medley (12:00.63).

Freshman Katie Pickette finished sixth in the heptathlon with 4,788 points. That total placed her third on WMU's all-time performers list in just her second try ever in the event.

In the field events, Kristi Ford tied for seventh place in the high jump, clearing 5'-5". Rachael Lowe finished 12th in the 3,000m steeplechase (11:15.52).

"We had some fine performances, our girls battled through some tough conditions on the final day," said coach Kelly Lycan. "Anytime you can finish in the top eight at a meet like this, like we did in a couple events, you're really accomplishing something."

Hillsdale Relays
HILLSDALE, Mich. (April 22-24) - Coming off the heels of final exams, Western Michigan send a split squad to the "Gina" Hillsdale Relays.

Janaule Bennett posted WMU's highest finish in the meet, securing third place in the 800m run with a time of 2:10.81. The event was won by former Bronco All-American Jill Stamison in a time of 2:08.49. Chelsea Humphrey took fourth in the 100m hurdles (14.42) and seventh in the 400m hurdles (1:03.54).

Other top-10 showings included Janee Beville in the long jump (7th, 19'-2.5"), Leah Godfrey in the 1,500m run (7th, 4:40.60) and Carrie Smeltzer in the 10,000 meters (10th, 37:57.75).

Western Michigan travels to the Illinois Twlight meet next Saturday (May 1).



Drake Relays
DES MOINES, Iowa (April 22-24) - Western Michigan bid farewell to one of the nation's premier track meets with select athletes competing at the 95th Annual Drake Relays.

Western Michigan's top performances came in the field events. Jason Evelyn posted the top finish of the weekend, placing fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 50'-1.25". His mark was good enough to qualify for the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge. Clark Wilson recorded a pair of 10th-place finishes in the discus (167'-5") and the shot put (54'-6.75").

On the track, Mike Putzke placed 20th in the 10,000m Invitational run (31:46.51).

"Jason did a nice job getting a good jump off, considering the conditions," said coach Mike Turk. "The wind was swirling and it was cold, but he managed to record a qualifying mark."

Hillsdale Relays
HILLSDALE, Mich. (April 22-24) - Western Michigan sent a split squad to the "Gina" Hillsdale Relays and came away with several outstanding performances.

Jacob Friess was runner-up in the decathlon, compiling 6,931 points, which ranks fourth all-time on WMU's performers list. Kyle Shaw finished third in the event, totaling 6,581 points. In other field events, Tom Torchia placed fourth in the javelin (177'-8") and Elvin Frempong fourth in the triple jump (45'-7.25").

Darius Johnson seized third (48.18) and Matt Leffler fifth (48.36) in the 400m dash, an event won by former Bronco Rashad McDade (47.96), who ran unattached. McDade also won the 200m dash in 21.62. In the sprints, Alfred Woods took fourth place in the 100 with a time of 10.88 and finished seventh in the 200 (22.32).

WMU was well represented in the hurdles, as Brian Jackson took sixth in the 400m hurdles (53.75) and ninth in the 110m hurdles (15.53) while Adam Lyon placed eighth in the 400m H (53.88) and the 110m H (15.44).

Western Michigan takes part in the Central Collegiate Conference Championships next Saturday (May 1) in Ypsilanti.

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