OXFORD, Ohio - In its final tune-up before beginning outdoor competition, the Miami University men's track and field team will go head-to-head with rival Cincinnati in an indoor dual meet Friday evening on the campus of Capital University in Columbus. Although the RedHawks do not officially sponsor indoor track, the NCAA allows teams to compete at three indoor meets during the season with the dual meet against the Bearcats Miami's second and final indoor meet this year.
Because neither school has a suitable indoor facility for the meet, the longtime combatants will compete on neutral ground at The Capital Center, which is Capital's recreation facility. The meet begins at 6:30 p.m. with three field events (weight throw, high jump and long jump) while the final field event is the triple jump at 7:45. Action on the track begins at 7:30 p.m. with the prelims of the 60m hurdles followed by 60m dash prelims. The final individual race is the 3000m run while the 4x400m relay concludes the dual at 8:38 p.m.
Although the RedHawks and Bearcats have not met in a dual meet recently, the two neighboring schools have squared off head-to-head 24 times previously with the teams splitting them, as each team has 12 victories. Of the 15 events to be contested, Miami has the better seed time/mark in eight events while Cincinnati has the top seed in the other seven, making for what should be an even dual. The two teams each are favored in three field events while Miami holds a 5-4 edge on paper in track events.
Junior Jahquil Hargrove (Norristown, Pa.) holds the top seed time in both the 200m dash (22.25) and 400m dash (49.00) while classmate Kevin Brown (Lewis Center, Ohio) has the top time in the 600m run (1:20.29). In the 800m run, senior Jack Spilman (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) boasts the top seed (1:53.45) while classmate Jarrod Eick (Hartville, Ohio) has the best time in the mile (4:10.00).
In field events, freshman Peter Stefanski (Aurora, Ill.) has the best mark in the high jump (2.10m) while junior Sam Spallinger (Pandora, Ohio) is tops in the long jump (7.29m) and classmate Rob Stein (Villa Park, Ill.) ranks first in the shot put (15.50m).
In Miami's first indoor meet of the season, the RedHawks posted nine top-five finishes at the Buckeye Tune-Up Feb. 15, hosted by Ohio State. Eick earned Miami's lone win, capturing the 1000m run in a personal-best 2:29.68 while junior Wade Coffin (Willoughby, Ohio) was second. In the 600m run, Brown was the runner-up. Stefanski had a strong collegiate debut, taking second in the high jump as he tied the top clearance but needed an extra attempt. Spallinger placed third in the long jump while senior Sam Wildeman (Naperville, Ill.) took third in the pole vault.
The RedHawks open outdoor season March 22-23 at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.