Falcons look to improve upon meet in Toledo and this weekend

Brad Frank and Brad Frank

The BG track team can improve in one of two ways tomorrow at the Jack Shaw Invite. They can either win more individual events than last week or win the meet outright.

The Falcons want the latter.

BG secured eight victories in 20 events last Saturday at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge but came away as the runner-up.

After the meet BG coach Cami Wells said having the most individual event winners sets the team up nice early in the season with so many athletes at the top of their respective events. But she would much rather have the team win the meet.

The Falcons will have faced five Mid-American Conference opponents after tomorrow’s meet.

“Having the opportunity to face conference opponents brings out the best in the team and makes the competition that much more meaningful for the team,” Wells said.

BG and the host, Western Michigan, will be joined by Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan.

Competing well against conference opponents throughout the course of the season, like the team did last Saturday against Toledo and Ohio, is a promising indication of how the team might do at the conference championship meet in May.

During the indoor season BG got off to a fast start but was disappointed with an 11th place finish at the conference title meet. Now in the outdoor season the team is looking to capitalize on its strong start with a good showing at the end of the season.

As a result of their efforts last Saturday at Toledo, Heather Conger and Brooke McCombs were named nominees for the Mid-American Conference Athlete of the Week, combining to win three of the team’s eight events.

Conger is slated to compete in the 800-meter run and in the 4×400 meter relay tomorrow, while McCombs will look to continue to improve in the hammer, shot put, and discus.

Tomorrow the pair will look to lead the Falcons to their first win of the outdoor season.

The field events will begin at 11 a.m. and track events at 2 p.m., with the last event starting at around 5:40 p.m.