WMU News

Women's track team competes at MAC Championships

May 18, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The WMU women's outdoor track and field team (6-6 overall) will close its 2000 season at the Mid-American Conference Championships, today through Saturday (May 18-20) at the University at Buffalo. UB Stadium, which opened in 1991, hosted the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and served as the track venue for the 1993 World University Games.

"We hope to be in the middle of the pack," says head coach Diane Russo. "Four teams Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Ball State and Akron will score a lot of points and go after the team title. We need top performances from our kids to be in the running."

Seven Bronco seniors close their careers on Saturday: Marion Darch, Kim Edwards, Audrey Jelenek, Kim Lorenz, Justina Phillips, Jennifer Schmidt and Jill Vandercook. Every MAC school except for Northern Illinois will be represented at the MAC Championships. The Huskies are reinstating their track program next season.

The Broncos competed at the 22nd annual Billy Hayes Invitational last Saturday (May 13) at Indiana University. The open meet was not scored. Top WMU finishes included a third place effort from freshman Heather Johnson in the 400 (55.78) along with fourth-place showings from Kim Lorenz in the 3,000 (10:07.06) and Kylie Schultz in the 5,000 (20:19.10). Alea Benston improved on WMU's best triple jump of the season by two feet with a leap of 37'-11.25" to place sixth overall.

Diane Russo (Iowa, 1983) is in her 10th season at WMU with a dual record of 36-34-1 (.514), including a 22-22 ledger outdoors. She has guided the Broncos to a pair of fifth-place finishes at the outdoor MAC Championships and has produced three All-Americans and nine NCAA qualifiers. Her assistant coaches are Terri Soldan and Phyllis Brooks.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 616 387-4122; daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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