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Track and Field finishes indoor season at MAC Championships


BG Relay runners compete in a home meet earlier this season. The Falcons sent the 1600 meter relay team as well as many individual runners to the MAC Championships.

The BG track team had a strong showing as a team this weekend at the Mid-American Championships.

Many of the athletes had personal best times and competed with the best runners the MAC conference has to offer.

“There were some positives this weekend and from the season as whole, especially if you look at where we were last year,” said coach Lou Snelling. “Obviously we still have a long way to go and we will get back to work tomorrow with our outdoor season being just around the corner.”

The standout performance came from the 1600 relay team who broke the school record with a time of 3:46.89 and a fourth-place finish. The record team consisted of Taylor Rambo, Felicia Jefferson, Brittany Sinclair and senior Allison Weimer at the anchor position.

“We are beyond proud of the girls in breaking a school record that has stood for more than a decade,” Snelling said. “Coach [James] Gildon has done a great job with them in the short time he has been here. This type of result is what we are striving for across all event groups.”

This record accomplished a goal for the relay set by Weimer previously as she stated she thought the team was capable of breaking that record.

Sinclair had a good weekend along with the 1600 relay; she placed 6th in the field. She came into the meet seeded 19th which just qualified for the meet.

“Brittany took big steps this weekend, significantly lowering her PR and helping her team,” Snelling said. “With the proper focus and determination, she could turn into one of the premier 400 runners in the conference.”

Brooke Pleger continued her great year in the weight throw. Throughout the year, she continued to increase her own personal best and finished fifth at the MAC Championships with a distance of 61-feet-11.5.

“Brooke took some nice steps this indoor season,” Snelling said. “We are excited to see what her fitness will translate into this outdoor season in the hammer.”

The Falcons will now prepare for the outdoor season as soon as they get back to BG. The outdoor season will start March 1 with the Alex Wilson Invite at The Notre Dame University.

“We have bigger expectations now based on the roster, experience and fitness we have gained,” Snelling said. “It makes our goals higher individually and team wise.”

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