Bowling Green State University redshirt junior Brooke Pleger
was named to the Mid-American Conference's All-MAC First Team, while senior Jeanette Pettigrew
earned second team honors for their performances at the MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships over the past weekend.
"Brooke and Jeanette played a big role in our team taking positive steps this year," BGSU Track and Field/Cross Country Coach Lou Snelling
said. "I am proud of what they have accomplished so far and excited about what can happen as we move forward with the season."
Pleger broke her own MAC Championship record in the hammer throw, tossing the instrument 218-feet-9 to dominate the field. In fact, all five of her legal throws (she fouled once in six tosses) would have won the MAC Championship. She defeated her main competitor Akron's Brittany Funk, the 2012 MAC Champion and the fourth-ranked hammer thrower in the country, by almost 15 feet.
Pleger became just the fourth student-athlete in MAC history to win back-to-back hammer throw championships and the first since NCAA National Champion Stevi Large won four straight from 2006-09.
Pettigrew was named second team All-MAC on the strength of a second-place finish in the 100 at the MAC Championships. She qualified for the finals with the second-fastest time in the preliminary round and then followed it up with a second-place finish. But Pettigrew reached the podium in more than one event.
She also placed third in the 200 and fifth in the long jump. Along with those two individual events, she ran the second leg for the 400 relay team that placed fifth and anchored an eighth-place finish in the 1600 relay.
"As a fifth-year senior, Jeanette has been the cornerstone of Bowling Green Track and Field," Snelling said. "The staff and I would like to thank her for everything she has done for the program and wish her the best of luck moving forward."
Bowling Green scored 60 points at the MAC Championships, a 37-point increase over a year ago, to finish seventh in the team standings. The Falcons will send a handful of competitors to the NCAA East Region preliminary round in Jacksonville, Fla., beginning May 29. The NCAA will announce qualifiers for that round of the postseason Thursday.