Falcons edge out Dayton for Herrmann Invitational

Brad Frank and Brad Frank

An effort to be more consistent can be rewarded.

The BG women’s track and field team needed a consistent effort and more balance across the board to improve on its fifth-place finish from the weekend before.

The team did just that and was rewarded with a team title Friday night at the Jane Herrmann Invitational.

The Falcons narrowly edged the meet’s defending champion Dayton by nine points, 168-159. BG won seven out of 16 events scored.

Jeanette Pettigrew won the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.73 seconds. The freshman has now won the event in both meets this season. The 4×400 meter relay team also secured a first-place finish for the second consecutive meet.

Other event champions for BG included Rachael Doughty in the 60 meter hurdles and long jump, Felicia Jefferson in the 200 meter dash, Sabrina Forstein in the pole vault, and Tatijana Jacobson in the high jump.

Coach Cami Wells said she’s happy with the win but the ultimate goal is to continue to improve and gear up for the end of the season.

“We still have some areas to work on, but I was really pleased with our consistency across the board. Everybody fought hard and got done what we needed to do.

“There were a lot of very strong performances tonight. We built on last week and still have building to do.”

The Falcons will compete Saturday at the Tom Wright Classic at the Field House this Saturday, Jan. 30, with the first event slated to begin at 9:30 a.m.