May 17, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - Five RedHawks will represent the Miami University women's track and field team at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. Junior Layne Baggett, seniors Rachael Clay, Kelley Miller and Alexandra Roberts and sophomore Tori Paterra each earned a spot when the NCAA announced the field Thursday.
The first and second rounds of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium. The top 48 athletes per event from both the East and West Regions qualify for the NCAA Prelims, which serves as the opening round(s) of the NCAA Championships.
Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.), who was an Honorable Mention All-America in the javelin last year as a freshman, again qualified in the javelin, ranking 10th in the region with her throw of 48.46m/159-0 from the All-Ohio Championships April 20. Her throw is the fifth-best in school history, all of which she owns. She is one of five athletes from the Mid-American Conference to qualify in the javelin, which is held Thursday, May 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Roberts (Hilliard, Ohio) clinched a berth in two events, ranking 23rd in the shot put and 48th in the discus. She competed in both events at last year's East Prelims, as well. She qualified in the shot put with a school-record throw of 15.69m/51-5.75 on March 24 at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational and in the discus with a toss of 47.64m/156-3 on April 21 at the All-Ohio Championships. Her throw in the discus is the eighth-best throw in school history. She is one of six MAC athletes in the shot put and one of five in the discus. She competes in the shot put first on Thursday, May 24 at 1 p.m. while the discus takes place Friday, May 25 at 3 p.m.
Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) ranks 32nd in the 100m hurdles after clocking 13.56, which jumped her to second in school history, last Saturday when she won the MAC title in the 100m hurdles. She is one of just two hurdlers from the MAC that will run in the first round on Friday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. and should she advance to the quarterfinals, would run again May 26 at 7:20 p.m.
Miller (Dublin, Ohio) was seeded 42nd in the 1500m run with her school-record time of 4:23.64, which she recorded April 28 at the Drake Relays, placing seventh in the race. She is the only MAC runner in the field of 48, after winning the MAC 1500m title last Saturday. Miller will run in the first round Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m. and would run again Saturday, May 26 at 6:45 p.m. should she qualify for the quarterfinals.
Clay (Rossford, Ohio) made the 400m dash first round, qualifying 47th with a time of 53.97, which is the second-best mark in school history. She clocked her time last Friday during the prelims of the 400m dash at the MAC Championships, where she finished fifth. Clay is among four MAC athletes to qualify and will run in the first round Thursday, May 24 at 7:45 p.m. and would run again Friday, May 25 at 6:15 p.m. should she advance to the quarterfinals.
The top 12 finishers in each event at the East and West Preliminary Rounds then move on to the NCAA Championships, which are hosted by the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore. June 6-9. The field for the Preliminary Round was determined based on times/marks recorded throughout the season.