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UT Women’s Track and Field Team Finishes Third at BG Opener

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The Toledo women's track and field team finished third in the BG Opener on Saturday, Jan. 11.


The Rockets finished behind Mid-American Conference foes Western Michigan and Ball State. It was the fourth-consecutive year WMU won the meet.


"I'm pretty happy with the way the meet went today," head coach Linh Nguyen said. "We were finally able to get in some practices and that obviously helped us get our legs back under us."


Toledo took six of the top eight spots in the one mile run as junior Megan Wright (Miamisburg, OH) recorded the win with a time of 4:55.33, setting a personal best and hitting a MAC auto qualifying time as well. Juniors Megan Gaysunas (Granville, OH) and Brooke Tullis (Maumee, OH) finished second and third, respectively, and junior Priscilla Timmons (Vancouver, WA) placed fifth.


Senior Kristal Studer (Bright, IN) added another win for Toledo, finishing first in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:15.63, a personal-best time. Sophomore Lindsey Burdette (Jackson, MI) placed fourth in the same event, while sophomore Maja Pacaric (Zagreb, Croatia) added a second-place finish in the 800-meter run.


"It was a good opener for a lot of the distance ladies and another step forward for some sprint and field athletes," Nguyen said. "Alexa Jarrett has gotten better each meet in the pole vault as well."


Jarrett, a sophomore from Orrville, OH placed second in the pole vault with a height of 10-feet-11.75 and freshman Ty'Shai Freeman placed third in the high jump at a height of 5-feet-1.0. Freshman Kyesha Neal placed sixth in the weight throw but broke the UT record with a throw of 51-feet-8.25.


"Kyesha is only a freshman, so we have a lot to look forward to with her," Nguyen said. "Now we'll take two weeks now to train hard and get ready for the SPIRE Midwest meet."


Senior Amber Brown (Springfield, OH) added a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.65, and classmate Sarah Woodrum (Marion, OH) finished third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.62.


The SPIRE Midwest Invite is being held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH and day one of two will begin on Saturday, Jan. 24.