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Track successful nationwide

The BGSU track team turned in an impressive performance on the road in Athens, Ohio, this past weekend, finishing second at the Ohio Invitational. The host Bobcats won the invitational.

The Falcons recorded seven victories on the day including one by Jessica White, who won the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.1 seconds. Other winners included Andi Bunko (javelin), Erica Wilson (high jump), Nicole Standback (100 meter hurdles) and Lacey Cochran (400 meter dash).

Another Falcon who was victorious in Athens was Andrea Pollack in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:57.50. Even in victory, Pollack still believes this team is capable of more.

“I have to say that I was very disappointed in finishing second place,” she said. “We had a lot of good performances this weekend. Many were first place. We worked very hard and still came out a little short. It just means we must work at much harder next time.”

Angela Raizis was still pleased with the team’s performance, expressing her approval for the individual performances turned in this weekend.

“I definitely feel like we went out and competed at our best and things are getting better,” she said. “I think we’ll be even better off with Stephanie and Jamie back with us next week at All-Ohio.”

Jamie Roflow and Stephanie Hillman were out in Palo Alto, Calif., at the Nike Stanford Track and Field Invitational. Both competed in the 5,000-meter race, with Roflow winning the heat in a time of 16:45.50 and Hillman finishing with a personal best outdoor time of 17:44.30.

Roflow’s mark is the second best time in school history and is the fastest time run by a BG runner since 1986. Maybe more importantly, it also qualifies her for the Mid-East Regional meet which will be held in Knoxville, Tenn., in late May.

At OU, Whitney Hartman finished second in a pair of events, setting a personal best in the shot put along the way. The distance of her throw was 45-02.00. She also finished second in the discus (138-09.00) and the hammer throw (164.03).

“I feel like we had a strong showing this weekend,” said Kylie Korsnack. “Although we got second, we were missing Jamie and Stephanie who both would have scored more points for us. If you add more athletes to the mix, OU would not have been able to score as many people in each race.”

The 1600-meter relay team consisting of Lyndi Springer, Jessica White, Megan McAuley and Lacey Cochran finished second with a time of 4:01.20.

“We are a very talented group of runners, and to see all of us succeed would without a doubt be great,” Pollack said. “I see this team being a big competitor to other teams; we just have to go for it.”

With Roflow and Hillman rejoining the team next weekend, scoring should be at the peak for the Falcons. The full team will be in Columbus, where the Falcons hope to leave their mark on the All-Ohio meet. Last year, the team finished third behind Mid-American Conference rival Akron and host Ohio State. To win this year’s All-Ohio Championships, BG must beat those schools.

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