April 12, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University men's track and field team (2-1 overall) goes head-to-head against four Mid-American Conference schools this Saturday (April 15) at the Bowling Green Invitational in Bowling Green, Ohio. The scored competition will include MAC schools Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and nonconference opponent Youngstown State.
Western Michigan was idle last week after the Indiana Quadrangular, scheduled for April 8, was cancelled due to poor weather. In their last action the Broncos placed second out of four teams at the Notre Dame Quadrangular, conducted April 1 in Notre Dame, Ind. UND captured top team honors with 227.5 points followed by WMU (216.5), Miami (153) and Butler (43). Dale Cowper finished first in the shot put (53-11) and hammer throw (184-11) while Coye Bouyer captured the 400 (48.36) and 400 hurdles (53.83). Damian Sherck won the 1,500 in a personal-best time of 3:50.38 and placed second in the 5,000 with a PR of 14:38.8. Ndjeka Luhahi took home the triple jump title with a leap of 48-8.50.
Said head coach Jack Shaw, "The week off helped us get over some bumps and pains, now it's back into the frying pan. It's going to be a real tester. We're spreading points around five teams so it's going to be quality, not quantity that wins the meet."
Thrower Ralph Neal was recently named as one of 25 recipients of the WMU Winner's Circle Award, the highest academic honor available to Bronco student-athletes * coach Shaw will take one of his largest groups in recent years to the prestigious Penn Relays (April 27-29) with 20-22 athletes expected to compete.
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