Brooke Pleger finishes third, remains No. 1 in the country in hammer throw

Aaron Parker and Aaron Parker

The Bowling Green women’s track and field team competed against some top competition this past weekend in a three day meet at the Tennessee Relays.

On the first day, senior Brooke Pleger placed third in the hammer throw with a mark of 209-feet-8. Pleger finished behind Gwen Berry, a professional for the New York Athletic Club, and DeAnna Price, who currently ranks second in the country in the event.

Pleger at the time is still ranked No. 1 among collegians after throwing a 222-4 last week at the dual meet against Toledo.

In the second day, the team added Mid-American Conference automatic qualifying marks, which is what head coach Lou Snelling has been using to judge the success of each meet.

Alicia Arnold added two automatic qualifiers, one in the 100 and the other in the 200. Arnold is now the second ranked sprinter in the 100 for the MAC, running a time of 11.79 seconds. The time was good enough to place sixth at the meet.

Arnold also ran a 24.28 in the 200, a time that earned her a third place finish in the meet.

Redshirt senior Brittany Sinclair, who is leading the MAC, posted a personal best in the 400 hurdles and fell just shy of a school record. Sinclair ran the event in 59.77 seconds, just .03 seconds slower than the school record posted by Tara Allen in 1992.

Redshirt junior Maria Meredith and junior Amanda Garlack also posted personal bests on the second day. Meredith ran the 1500 in 4 minutes 40.06 seconds and Garlack ran the 5000 in 18 minutes 37.30 seconds.

On the third day, redshirt junior Andrea Alt added to the Falcons list of automatic qualifiers.

Alt ran the steeplechase in 10 minutes 49.90 seconds, a time more than eight seconds faster than the MAC automatic qualifier requirement. The time is the third fastest in the MAC this season and is three seconds shy of her personal best that she set a year ago.

Kera Lamotte, Dorresha Green, Sinclair and Arnold made up the 400 relay team and earned a mark of 46.22 seconds. The mark is the second fastest time in school history and second in the MAC this year.

“We took a nice step forward as a program this weekend,” head coach Lou Snelling said. “Individually there were a lot of positives, we largely competed very well. Now we have about a month before the MAC Championships and this is a critical time for us to take advantage of the opportunities that are in front of us to best position the team heading into that meet.”

The Falcons will be back in action next weekend when the teams split up for the Cardinal invitational and the Virginia Challenge.