Pettigrew leads track and field team at Gina Relays

Jamar Dunson and Jamar Dunson

Led by senior Jeanette Pettigrew, the Falcons hit three more automatic qualifying marks in the Gina Relays.

At the meet, Pettigrew set a new personal best to win the long jump, ran the fastest time in the Mid-American Conference in the 100 meter and improved on her season best in the 200 meter. She started off her day by scoring a 19-feet-8.25 in the long jump, winning the event.

Head coach Lou Snelling was impressed with Pettigrew’s performance at the meet and was glad to see her do well.

“Having someone doing that in a BG uniform, it was great to see that,” Snelling said.

Her teammate, sophomore Alicia Arnold, finished right behind her in second with a score of 19-feet. Pettigrew’s jump moves her into fourth place in the MAC this year and Arnold came within an inch of beating her personal best.

In the 100 meter championship division, Pettigrew added another victory for the Falcons with a time of 11.61 seconds. This was a new personal best for Pettigrew, besting her previous time of 11.84.

That time was .03 seconds faster than anyone else in the conference and only .02 seconds shy of the BG school record and the second-fastest time in program history.

In the 200 meter, Pettigrew finished within the top five, placing third with a time of 23.75 seconds.

Arnold ran a time of 24.14 seconds in the same event, hitting the MAC automatic qualifier mark.

Pettigrew later competed in the 1600 meter relay, along with Arnold, Brianna Johnson and Tiera Parker, they finished in second place with a time of 46.28 seconds.

That was the second-fastest time in BG history, .11 seconds behind the first.

In other events, freshmen Johnson and Gabrielle Edwards finished second in their respective events. Johnson hit a time of 12.26 seconds in the 100 open and Edwards finished the 200 open with 25.45 seconds.

Junior Kristin Reiser had success in the high jump, setting a new personal record with a time of 5-4.25. Freshman Raven Porter also set a new personal record in the event at 5-2.25.

The Falcons also made an impact at the Ashland Alumni Open.

Junior Brooke Pleger remained unbeaten in the hammer throw as she came in first with a distance of 212.6. This throw managed to defeat Akron’s Brittany Funk, the second ranked thrower in the country.

In the discus throw, redshirt freshman Kori Reiser and senior Tina Perrine both hit automarks for the Falcons. Resier came in second with a throw of 159-9 and Perrine was fourth with a 154-1.

Reiser’s throw also ties her for sixth in BG history in the event.

With the 13 automarks the Falcons almost double that than last year’s amount of seven.

Pettigrew, Perrine, Dana Gates, Brea Tinney and Natasha Greggs will be recognized when the Falcons host Toledo Friday for Senior Night. This will be the only home outdoor event of the season for the Falcons. Senior recognition will take place at 4:45 p.m. between the field events and running events.