May 24, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Four members of the Miami University men’s track and field team closed out their season Thursday at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, as senior Nathan Hoch, junior Jarrod Eick and sophomores Jahquil Hargrove and Rob Stein each competed at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.
Hargrove (Norristown, Pa.) finished 30th in the 400m dash first round after being seeded 25th. He clocked 47.18 to place seventh in his heat but he was just five places and .11 seconds from advancing to Friday’s quarterfinals. The top three finishers in each of the six heats plus the next nine best times in the field of 48 moved on while the top 12 in the quarterfinal make it to the NCAA Championships. George Mason’s David Verburg clocked the top time at 45.78. Hargrove was one of two Mid-American Conference sprinters in the field while Hargrove, the 400m MAC champion, had the better time.
Eick (Hartville, Ohio), who only learned that he had qualified for the 1500m NCAA first round a day earlier, crossed in 32nd despite earning the 48th and final spot in the field. He clocked a time of 3:53.80, placing 12th in his heat while the top five in each of the four heats automatically advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals along with the next four best times. Eick’s mark was faster than the entire first heat, however, while he was the lone MAC runner in the field. Indiana’s Andrew Bayer recorded the top time in the field at 3:45.53.
Two RedHawks competed in the discus, led by Hoch (Logan, Ohio), who took 36th with a throw of 49.33m/161-10. He was seeded 34th entering the prelims while Stein (Villa Park, Ill.), who fouled on all three of his attempts, was seeded 46th. The top 12 finishers in the discus advanced to the NCAA Championships, led by Michigan State’s Lonnie Pugh with a toss of 58.39m/191-7. Both Hoch and Stein competed last year at the East Prelims as well, while Hoch concluded his career on Thursday.
Two more RedHawks compete on Friday at the East Prelims as senior Adam Ruiz (Mascoutah, Ill.) throws in the hammer at 10 a.m. while classmate Jordan Goffena (Sidney, Ohio) runs in the 110m hurdles at 5 p.m. Miami’s six representatives in the NCAA East Prelims are its most since also placing six in the field in 2008.