CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Freshman Caitlin Pribble (Morton, Ill./Morton) finished third in the 3,000 meters and sophomore Sarah McMahon (Colfax, Wis./Colfax) was fourth in the mile to highlight action for the Bradley track and field team Saturday at the Illini Classic.
Pribble turned in the top individual finish of the day for the Braves, taking third in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:41.15. Her time is the top 3,000 meter performance of the year for Bradley and among the top-20 career-best efforts in school history.
In the mile, McMahon took fourth with a season-best run of 5:08.58 to pace 11 Bradley runners in the event. McMahon was 2.1 seconds out of the top three and less than four seconds from the top two in the mile. Freshman Kristen Busch (Waterloo, Ill./Freeburg) followed McMahon in fifth at 5:09.69.
"We saw the next step in our progression toward the MVC Championships today at Illinois," Bradley head coach Marc Burns said. "We focused on being a little more aggressive than last week. Our women executed the game plan and finished races hard. It was great to see Taylor (Johnson) finish fast in the mile and Kyela (Specht) run a top-10 all time 600 meter with a big last lap. Sarah (McMahon) and Kristen (Busch) looked tough in the mile and Caitlin Pribble looked strong in the 3,000 meters. We had a great day and now we are looking forward to turning them loose next weekend at Indiana."
A week after turning in a career-best time in the 1,000 meters, sophomore Kyela Specht (Munster, Ind./Munster) clocked a career-best time in the 600 meters. She finished seventh overall with a time of 1:38.74 to tie for the eighth fastest career-best time in school history.
Freshman Caitlin Busch (Waterloo, Ill./Freeburg) was the top finisher among six Braves in the 800 meters, crossing the line in ninth at 2:23.16.
Fellow freshman Elizabeth Dutcher (Williamston, Mich./Williamston) placed 12th in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.97 seconds in her first collegiate race and sophomore Dana Markech (Arlington Heights, Ill./Hersey) took 24th in the 60-meter dash, crossing the line at 8.57 seconds.
The Bradley women's track and field team returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind.