OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University head men’s track and field coach Warren Mandrell announced the addition of three distance runners for the 2014-15 season on Thursday.
Joining the RedHawks this fall are Matthew Bromley (Thornville, Ohio/Sheridan) and Jacob Brumfield (Vandalia, Ohio/Butler Senior) and Zachary Thompson (Mason, Ohio, Mason HS).
“This is the beginning of another very strong class of Miami distance runners,” Mandrell said. “All three of these young men have competed at the highest levels of their sport and have performed exceptionally well in high pressure situations. They are also true student-athletes who will represent Miami well in the classroom.”
Bromley is coming off a tremendous cross country season this past fall. He won an individual state title and helped Ohio win the Mideast Cross Country Championships by placing sixth in that meet, which featured All-Star teams from Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. His cross country performance carried over from a solid junior season on the track. He took fourth place in the 3200m run at the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) DII State Championships, clocking a personal best time of 9:34.08. Bromley also won the 3200m (9:45.92) and finished runner-up in the 1600m (4:34.11) at the Central Ohio All-Star Invitational.
Brumfield finished in the top-12 in the last two OHSAA Cross Country Championships. He was also a member of Team Ohio with Bromley at the Mideast Cross Country Championships and helped Ohio finish atop the team standings. Jacob also finished sixth in the 1600m at the 2012 OHSAA Division I Track and Field Championships with a personal-best time of 4:19.05. He earned academic all-state honors following each of his last three cross country seasons.
Thompson was a member of a very successful Mason High School program, which finished in the top five of the past two OHSAA Division I Cross Country Championships, including a runner-up finish in 2012. He placed 38th at the state cross country meet this past fall. Like Brumfield, Thompson also landed on the academic all-state cross country team each of the past three seasons.