Falcons finish third, Roflow continues success

In the fall, the women’s track team put up posters in the field house with athletes of other schools telling them, “Thanks for making it easy.” The motivation worked well for the Falcons as they started the season off strong with a third place finish against some of the Mid-American Conference’s finest.

The Falcons went up against Western Michigan, Miami and Eastern Michigan and used four first place finishes to amass 120 points. The total was not enough to keep Miami from squeaking by for second place with 132.5. Western Michigan, a MAC powerhouse, finished first with 180 points.

Coach Cami Wells was content with her team’s performance but knows there’s still some work to do.

“Overall I’m very pleased with our first meet,” Wells said. “There were some positives and negatives, but more positives.”

One of the positives was Jamie Roflow starting the races off with a victory in the 5000-meter in a time of 17:29, 12 seconds ahead of second place.

“I felt pretty strong and consistent when I was running,” Roflow said. “I usually like to start out as fast as I can and try to get into a rhythm.”

Roflow’s performance was so dominant that it caused a little girl in the stands to ask her father, “Why are they not catching up?”

The Falcons kept the action going with Nicole Standback’s close second place finish in the 60-meter dash, which she followed up with an even closer first place finish in the 60-meter hurdles.

Jessica White finished first with an impressive 25.28 in the 200-meter dash, edging out three runners from Western Michigan. Soon she will be giving Standback some company in the 60-meter dash, White’s main event.

To round out the winners, Yemoja Marotta placed first in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:37.91 and then came back and helped the 4×400-meter relay team to a close third place finish.

TaKarra Dunning and Pairs Bussey gave an impressive duo performance late in the day placing second and third in the shot put, giving the Falcons 14 points together. Their coaches were pushing hard through this week of training to give extra strength and speed down the line and Dunning and Bussey were able to overcome.

“I felt pretty good,” Dunning said. “We practiced hard all week, so it was pretty good considering that we worked hard all week.”

The Falcons get back into competition this Friday with the BGSU Invitational featuring Ball State and Cincinnati in the MAC and Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne and Wells plans to have the team ready.

“We’re moving in the right direction, but we just have to get some more people out there fighting for the spots, and it’s only going to get tougher from here,” Wells said. “Cincinnati and Ball State both usually have very solid programs across the board, so it should be very competitive. It will be a good test for us.”