Courtesy of Bowling Green Athletics
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Bowling Green Falcons track and field program will begin the 2022-23 indoor campaign this weekend, hosting Ball State, Cleveland State, and Allegheny College for the Tom Wright Open on Saturday, Dec. 10. Field events begin at 12 p.m. ET and running events begin at 1 p.m. ET, with all the action taking place at Perry Field House.
Tom Wright Open Information
The Tom Wright Open, named after BGSU Hall of Famer Tom Wright, will be held in the Perry Field House. Wright was a three-time All American as a student-athlete and mentored nine All-Americans as a coach. Field events start at 12 p.m., with the weight throw, long jump, and high jump leading things off. The shot put begins at 1 p.m., as do running events. The running events begin with preliminary races in the 60 hurdles and 60m, then continue with the mile, 600m, and 400m. At 2:10 p.m., the 60 hurdles finals will be held, followed by the triple jump at 2:15 p.m. The 60m finals are scheduled for 2:20, followed by the 800m, 200m, and 4x400m relay.
Live results for the meet are available through Finish Timing, found HERE. Parking is available for free at Perry Field House. Admission is also free. Fans are advised to plan accordingly for BGSU Commencement, which starts at 10 a.m. ET in the Stroh Center.
Shuble to Run at GVSU on Friday
Senior Katerina Shuble will begin her season on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Grand Valley State University Holiday Open. She will compete in the 3K, which is slated to begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. ET. Live results will be posted HERE. The meet will be streamed live on FloSports, found HERE. Subscription is required.
Breaking Down Bowling Green
The Falcons return several accomplished competitors from last season, in addition to a plethora of impressive newcomers. Zaresha Neal returns after a 2022 indoor campaign that saw her win a MAC Championship and earn second team All-American honors in the shot put. Darian Braddix, Raegan Burkey, Kailee Perry, and Katerina Shuble all return after winning the distance medley relay at the 2022 MAC Championships. Shuble and Perry rank second and third, respectively, in BGSU history in the mile. Perry is also the 3K record-holder. Brianna Richard, who holds three of the program’s top 11 marks in the triple jump, is also slated for her senior season. The throws group, now led by assistant coach Marcus Myers, welcomes back veterans Reagan Emberton, Mateya Haintz, and Ebonie Whitted. Pentathletes Destiny Fernandes and Katherine Mendenhall are also set to compete for the Falcons again, as are sprinters Payton Gorman, Jemeila Hunter, Tianna Mulligan, and Alexis Parchman.
Bowling Green has 14 freshmen on this year’s roster, including redshirt thrower Grace Bradtmueller. Five runners compete for the Falcons in cross country this fall, including Kylee Cubbison, Regina Rose, and Lillie Katsaras, who all placed 41st or higher in the MAC Championships. Other freshmen who will compete for the first time in their collegiate career include two-time state champion sprinter/hurdles DaMya Barker, six-time All-Ohio thrower Kennedi Bailey, and five-time All-Ohioan Jenna Lucas. Morgan Patterson and Bianca Staples, who each compete in sprints and jumps, will compete for the Orange and Brown after earning All-Ohio honors twice each. Rounding out the list of newcomers is Jazilee Williams, a senior who transferred from Tiffin. While there, she was a two-time All-American, first-team All-GMAC, and USTFCCCA All-Region selection, competing in multiple events.
The Falcons have over a month off until their next competition, the Falcon Early Bird Open on Saturday, Jan. 14.This meet will also be held at the Perry Field House on the campus of Bowling Green State University. For official start times and information, be sure to visit BGSUFalcons.com.