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Bowling Green senior Jeanette Pettigrew use the Gina Relays, hosted by Hillsdale College, as an opportunity to showcase her abilities this weekend. The Falcon sprinter set a new personal best to win the long jump, ran the fastest time in the Mid-American Conference in the 100 this year, and improved on her season-best qualifying time in the 200. In all, BGSU reached three MAC automatic qualifying marks on the weekend and grabbed nine top-three finishes between the Gina Relays and the Ashland Alumni Open.
Pettigrew opened things up by leaping 19-feet-8.25 in the long jump to edge out her teammate Alicia Arnold, who finished second, at an even 19 feet. Pettigrew's jump moves her into fourth place in the MAC this year and Arnold was less than an inch shy of her personal best.
Pettigrew won then added a victory in the 100 championship division Saturday, setting a new personal best time of 11.61 seconds, crushing her previous best of 11.84 seconds. That time is .03 seconds faster than anyone else in the conference and only .02 seconds shy of the BGSU school record and the second-fastest time in program history.
In the 200, Pettigrew finished third with a wind-aided time of 23.75 seconds. It would have been her personal best and a new school record if not for the +2.8 wind reading. Arnold ran 24.14 seconds in the same race, a time that surpasses the MAC automatic qualifying time.
As if those individual results were not enough, Pettigrew also ran a leg on the 400 relay team that placed second in 46.28 seconds, the second fastest time in BGSU history. Pettigrew joined Brianna Johnson, Tiera Parker and Arnold to come up just .11 seconds slower than the fastest ever in the program.
In other strong results, freshmen Brianna Johnson and Gabrielle Edwards posted a pair of runner-up finishes. Johnson ran the 100 open in 12.26 seconds to end second and Edwards finished the 200 open in 25.45 seconds for second place.
BGSU also had success in the high jump as junior Krystin Reiser, a heptathlon specialist, set a new outdoor personal best at 5-4.25. Freshman Raven Porter also set a PR at 5-2.25.
On Thursday night, a trio of freshmen competed in the 5000 for the first time in their outdoor careers. Becca Rae led the way with an eighth place finish in 17:43.72.
BGSU's throwers competed at the Ashland Alumni Open Friday and Saturday. Brooke Pleger remained undefeated in the hammer throw, winning the event and defeating the No. 2 ranked hammer throw in the country, Akron's Brittany Funk, with a toss of 212-6.
Redshirt freshman Kori Reiser and senior Tina Perrine both hit the Mid-American Conference automatic qualifying mark in the discus. Reiser finished second overall with a throw of 159-9 and Perrine was fourth at 154-1. Reiser's mark moves her into a tie for sixth in BGSU history in the event.
With those two, Bowling Green has now hit 13 MAC automatic qualifying marks this year, almost double the team's seven a year ago.
The Falcons will be at home for the only time this year when the team hosts Toledo Friday for Senior Night in a dual meet at Whittaker Track. Field events begin at 4 pm, senior recognition is at 4:45 pm and running events begin at 5 pm. BGSU will recognize five seniors – Dana Gates, Natasha Greggs, Perrine, Pettigrew and Brea Tinney.