Bowling Green hit
three more Mid-American Conference automatic qualifying marks and the Falcons
took the top two spots in the hammer throw on the final day of the Raleigh
In all, BGSU met auto marks five times on the weekend with Jeanette Pettigrew doing so three times – in the 100, 200 and long jump. Kori Reiser and Tina Perrine did the same in the hammer throw Saturday. The Falcons had only seven student-athletes earn MAC automatic qualifying marks during the entire 2013 outdoor season.
Reiser, who redshirted as a true freshman a year ago, made an immediate impact in her first collegiate meet, throwing 182-feet-6 to win the hammer throw at North Carolina State. Senior transfer Tina Perrine was just one foot shorter than her, finishing at 181-6 to place second. Redshirt sophomore Shana Flanary, who competed at the MAC Championships last year in the event, was seventh with a distance of 166-1, about four feet shy of her personal best.
After getting her final outdoor season started with a bang Friday, Pettigrew one-upped herself Saturday. She threatened the school record in the 200 and set a new personal best with a time of 23.88 seconds to finish second. That time easily surpasses the MAC automatic qualifying mark.
Sophomore Tiera Parker began her season with a strong result in the triple jump, leaping 37-3.75, less than two inches shy of her personal best. Parker finished 13th overall. Redshirt junior Brittany Sinclair ran well in the 400 hurdles, finishing with a time of 1:03.54, less than a second slower than her personal best. Sophomore Demetra Taylor was right behind her with a time of 1:03.83.
Bowling Green will get back on the track Saturday as the Falcons compete at the Ohio Cherry Blossom Invitational in Athens, Ohio.