AKRON, Ohio – The Miami University women’s track and field team had two top-five finishes to kick off day one of the Akron Invitational, hosted by the University of Akron at the Stile Athletics Field House.
Junior Taylor Brown took third in the pole vault blue division, clearing a height of 3.52m. Senior Kori Tatman, who won the pole vault at last year’s Akron Invitational, took fifth in the event also with a clearance of 3.52m, just finishing in more attempts than Brown. The RedHawks also competed in the long jump blue division as junior Jasmine Watts tied Radford’s Jamiecka Baker for 12th with a jump of 5.02m.
Junior Mattie Moncayo earned Miami’s second top finish of the night, finishing third in the gold invitational 5000m run with a time of 18:03.59.
Day two of the Akron Invitational begins Saturday morning with several high school events, followed by the blue division weight throw at 11 a.m. Junior Adaora Anunike, sophomore Amelia Strickler, and freshman Ashley Frahm represent Miami in this event.
The gold invitational track and field events, in which most of the RedHawks are scheduled to compete in, begin at 3 p.m. Senior Erica Mudd competes in the long jump, while Strickler takes on seven other athletes in the shot put.
Sophomore Laura Bess and freshman McKenna Kiple heat up the track in the mile run, while sophomore Kala Allen is scheduled to race in both the 200m and 400m races. Junior Taylor Wickware and sophomore Megan Beaver take on the 800m run, and juniors Anna Lamb and Elisa Frazier, and sophomore Julia Valencia finish off the individual racing events with the 3000m run. The Akron Invitational concludes Saturday with the 4x400m relay at 6 p.m.