OXFORD, Ohio – After shaking off some early-season jitters at the Kentucky Invitational last week, the Miami University women’s track and field team will heat up the Tom Wright Classic Friday evening against Mid-American Conference (MAC) foes Bowling Green State University and Ohio University. The Classic is hosted by Bowling Green at the Perry Fieldhouse.
As opposed to last year when the RedHawks split the weekend between the Tom Wright Classic and the Rod McCravy Memorial, the entire team will get its first taste of conference competition Friday.
Junior Adaora Anunike, sophomore Amelia Strickler, and a slew of freshmen kick off the meet with the weight throw and shot put at 5 p.m., while junior Jasmine Watts is the lone RedHawk to compete in the long jump following the opening field events. Senior Erica Mudd and sophomore Jessica Baker represent Miami in the high jump, while senior Kori Tatman, freshman Hope Turner and junior Taylor Brown conclude field competition with the pole vault.
The track events begin at 6 p.m. with the 3000m run, which will feature freshman Jackie Mullins and sophomore Julianne Ballog. Miami will be well represented in the sprints, with freshman Alexus Jimson-Miller competing in both the 60m hurdles and 60m dash. Senior Xerina Hughey, who placed fifth in the 60m hurdles last year, also competes in the event with Jimson-Miller, sophomore Kathie Wollney, and Mudd. The 400m dash then features five RedHawks, including Wollney, freshmen Kelsey Maloney and Allison Klonne, sophomore Aryelle Player and junior Leah Coleman.
The RedHawks also have strong racers in the long distance events, with sophomore Laura Bess, senior Erica Howes and freshman Lauren Hoover competing in the mile, and juniors Anna Lamb, Elisa Frazier and Mattie Moncayo racing in the 5000m run. The Tom Wright Classic then concludes at 8:25 p.m. with the 4x400m relay.
Miami opened its 2014 indoor season last weekend with the Kentucky Invitational against a competitive 20-team field. Lamb had the team’s strongest finish, placing second in the 3000m run. Junior Charlotte Myers earned a top finish in the 400m dash, placing fourth with a sprint of 55.85, and junior Taylor Wickware led the RedHawks in the 800m race, finishing fifth with a time of 2:14.07. In field events, Strickler took sixth in the shot put with a career-high put of 14.86m.
At last year’s Tom Wright Classic, the Red and White ran away with four event victories beginning with the shot put, where alumna Alexandra Roberts won with a throw of 14.09m. Now-graduated Samantha Gable went on to win the weight throw with a heave of 16.49m, while Tatman then won the pole vault with a season-best 3.80m clearance. The RedHawks’ final win was in the 800m run when Erin Riley finished the race in 2:20.25.
Following the Tom Wright Classic, the RedHawks will travel to Akron, Ohio for the Akron Invitational Feb. 7-8.