AKRON, Ohio – The Bowling Green track and field team will compete in its final event before the 2013 MAC Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at the Grand Valley State University Big Meet. One of the largest meets in the country, the GVSU Big Meet has 2,465 entrants across all collegiate divisions. The meet will start at 9 a.m. both Friday and Saturday.
FOLLOWING THE FALCONS
Fans can follow the BGSU indoor track and field team all year long through a variety of ways. The official website of BGSU Athletics, BGSUFalcons.com, has preview and postgame stories, full statistics, the schedule, roster, live stats links and much more. On social media, fans are encouraged to follow @BGAthletics on twitter and/or BGSU track and field athletic communications contact Jason Knavel via @jknavel. Follow the team on Facebook by searching for Bowling Green Track.
LAST TIME OUT
Bowling Green competed in the Akron Invitational this past weekend, posting some impressive performances. Most notably, the 1600 relay team of Brittany Sinclair, Felicia Jefferson, Demetra Taylor and Allison Weimer finished second with a time of 3:49.24, almost four seconds faster than the previous best this year. Brooke Pleger continued to show her talents in the weight throw, placing fifth with a distance of 60-feet-8.50. In the 200, both Allison Weimer and Taylor Rambo set new personal bests to finish third and fourth with times of 25.25 and 25.27 seconds.
In Bowling Green's season-opening meet, the Falcons set or tied 23 personal records at the Eagle Holiday Meet. Following that meet, the team set or tied 21 personal bests in the Bowling Green Opener. At the Harvey-Simmons Invitational, the team added another 14 personal bests before recording 19 at the Tom Wright Classic. The Falcons added 10 more personal bests at the Akron Invitational last weekend.
Listed below are any BGSU student-athletes ranked in the top 20 in the MAC in an event:
200 – 18. Allison Weimer 25.25, 19. Taylor Rambo 25.27
400 – 11. Allison Weimer 56.92, 18. Brittany Sinclair 57.49
1600 relay – 5. BGSU 3:49.24
High jump – 19. Krystin Reiser 5-3
Weight throw – 5. Brooke Pleger 61-10.25, 15. Kayla Velasquez 53-1.5, 18. Nicolette Johnson 51-7.75
Pentathlon – 12. Krystin Reiser 2,759
Listed below are any BGSU student-athletes ranked among the top 100 in NCAA Division I in any event:
Weight throw – 41. Brooke Pleger 61-10.25
Currently, BGSU is ranked in the top 20 in the MAC in an individual event nine times. Those nine student-athletes represent two freshmen, five sophomores and two seniors.
PLEGER SETS THE PACE
Sophomore Brook Pleger continues to rank among the Mid-American Conference's best weight throwers. In the first meet of the year, she set her career best with a toss of 59-feet-8.25 to win the Eagles Holiday Meet and meet the automatic qualifying mark for the Indoor MAC Championships. She pushed her personal best to 61-10.25 at the Harvey-Simmons Invitational, her third consecutive victory of the year. Pleger currently ranks fifth in the MAC and 41st nationally in the event.
BGSU's 1600 relay foursome of Brittany Sinclair, Felicia Jefferson, Demetra Taylor and Allison Weimer ran as a team for the first time this year at the Akron Invitational. The squad posted a time of 3:49.24 to finish in second, less than a second behind Kent State. That time was almost four seconds faster than any other BGSU relay team this year and pushed the squad to fifth in the MAC rankings.
WEIMER VAULTS INTO CONTENTION IN 400
Senior Allison Weimer used the final indoor home meet of her career to move into the top 15 in the Mid-American Conference in the 400. With a race-winning time of 56.92 (converted from 57.67), she ranks 11th in the conference. Her previous career best in the 400 came a week earlier in the Harvey-Simmons Invitational with a converted time of 57.75.
BREAKING THE EIGHT SECOND "BERRY"ER
Freshman Berrion Berry won the 60 at the Tom Wright Classic with a time of 7.86 seconds. It was the second consecutive week in which she set a new personal best and the first time she has posted a time faster than eight seconds. This past weekend, Berry again went under eight seconds with a time of 7.95.
LEAPS AND BOUNDS
After setting new personal bests in the long jump in each of the first three meets of the season, sophomore Krystin Reiser competed in the pentathlon at the Akron Invitational and posted the 11th best mark in the MAC this year in the event with a score of 2,759. Of the five events (800, 60 hurdles, high jump, long jump, and shot put), Reiser's best score came in the 800 where she ran a 2:33.73 for 647 points.
Second-year head coach Lou Snelling announced the addition of two new assistant coach in October. James Gildon works primarily with the team's jump, sprint and hurdle groups, while McKayla Plank assists with both the cross country and track and field programs. Gildon comes to BGSU after serving as an assistant coach at Fort Hayes State University, while Plank was a standout distance runner at Georgia.
The BGSU track and field team has been named a United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team for each of the past six years. The Falcons had a 3.24 combined grade point average to earn the award in 2012, fifth-best among MAC schools.