May 25, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Miami University seniors Jordan Goffena and Adam Ruiz finished their RedHawk track and field careers with strong showings in the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds Friday at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium.
Goffena (Sidney, Ohio) clocked a personal-best time of 14.14 in the 110m hurdles first round in his final race as a RedHawk. His time moves him into second in school history while it is the fastest time at Miami since 1993. He finished 36th in the field of 48, including seventh in his heat, improving 12 spots as he was the 48th and final entry in the 110m hurdles field, actually being added after the original field was announced. He was the lone MAC representative in the race and narrowly missed qualifying for Saturday's quarterfinals by a tenth of a second, as the top three hurdlers from each heat plus the next nine best times advanced. Miami's (FL) Devon Hill posted the top time of 13.36.
Ruiz (Mascoutah, Ill.), who earned the 48th and final qualifying spot in the hammer with a heave of 57.98m/190-3, finished 42nd with a throw of 54.59m/179-1. The top 12 finishers in the hammer advanced to the NCAA Championships, led by Princeton's Conor McCullough with a toss of 72.40m/237-6. Ruiz, who ranks fifth in school history in the hammer, competed in the shot put last year at the East Prelims.
Four other RedHawks in senior Nathan Hoch (discus), junior Jarrod Eick (1500m) and sophomores Jahquil Hargrove (400m dash) and Rob Stein (discus) each competed at the NCAA East Prelims on Thursday, but with none advancing to the NCAA Championships, Miami's 2012 season is complete. The six RedHawks to qualify for the NCAA East Prelims are the most since placing six in the regional in 2008.