Pleger wins in first meet of season

Jamar Dunson and Jamar Dunson

Redshirt junior Brooke Pleger shined in her first outdoor game and the Falcons came in fifth in the team standings for the All-Ohio Championships meet.

Pleger won the hammer throw event with a throw of 214-feet-4, coming within six feet of her personal best and currently placing her third in the nation.

Senior Jeanette Pettigrew came in second in the long jump with a distance of 18-10.5. The Falcons had two more athletes place in the top eight with sophomore Alicia Arnold coming in fourth and freshman Connor Kempf coming in eighth.

Arnold had a jump of 17-11.75 and Kempf had 17-2.75, respectively.

Reiser also set new personal best records in the 100 hurdles, shot put and 200 meter events while tying her best in the high jump.

Pettigrew and Reiser continued to perform well, with Pettigrew setting a new personal best and Reiser making history.

Pettigrew set the new time in the 100 meter with a score of 11.89. This time also carried her to a first place victory within the event.

In the first day, junior Krystin Reiser scored a total of 2,715 in the heptathlon event, a track and field event made up of seven events.

As for Reiser, she managed to finish out the last three events of the heptathlon. She posted the ninth-best score in the history of program with 4,529 points. She set her career-best in the first five and tied that career-best in the final two events to get the score. This was also 367 more points than she scored a year prior.

She won the 800 among all heptathlon competitors and improved her standing from 11th to seventh place within the two-day event. Only Ginger Lake (1990-91) and Becky Barnett (1996-99) have scored more points in BGSU’s heptathlon history.

The Falcons had good showings in other events as freshman Makenzie Wheat placed fourth in the shot put event. Her score of 48-4.5 gives her a new PR and places her fifth in the conference.

Sophomore Tiera Parker set a new personal best in the triple jump, leaping 37-feet-10.75 to come in sixth. That distance was seven inches farther than she jumped earlier this year and moves her into fifth in the MAC in 2014.

The Falcons continued with junior Natalie Sommerville who blazed to a second-place finish in the 400 hurdles, racing to a personal best time of 1:02.32, more than two seconds faster than her previous season best. She was just 0.15 seconds from reaching the Mid-American Conference automatic qualifying mark.

Redshirt junior Brittany Sinclair ran a season-best of 56.89 in the 400 meter to come in sixth. Senior Tina Perrine and redshirt freshman Kori Reiser both set new PRs in the discus with Perrine coming in fifth with 151-10 and Reiser in seventh with 147-8.

All in all, the Falcons finished the meet with a total of 67 points, coming in fifth place. Akron came in first with 199 points, with the University of Cincinnati, Miami University and Ohio University following them. BG came ahead of Ashland University, The Ohio State University and the University of Dayton to place in fifth.

The Falcons head to split team meets as Andrea Alt, Jasmine Redman and Pettigrew will head to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Cal. While the rest of the team head to Lexington, Ky. to compete in the Bluegrass Classic.