OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University women’s track and field team will have one more tune-up at Friday’s Ball State Quadrangular before heating up the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Indoor Championship Friday, Feb. 28. The meet is hosted by Ball State University at its Field Sports Building.

The Ball State Quadrangular is Miami’s final test against conference rivals Ball State, Northern Illinois, and Western Michigan before meeting them again at the conference championship one week from now.  The meet opens with field action at 5 p.m., followed by the 60m hurdles preliminaries at 6:15 p.m. The meet is scheduled to conclude at 8 p.m. with the 4x400m relay.

At last year’s meet, the RedHawks totaled 90 points to finish third with eight top-three finishes. The Broncos ran away with the meet win totaling 181.5 points, while the Huskies finished second with 106 points, and the Cardinals finished fourth with 87.5 points.

In track action, alumna Monica Fischer took second in the mile with a time of 5:04.63, followed by senior Erica Howes who placed third one second later in 5:05.04. Junior Taylor Wickware then finished second in the 800m run, clocking a time of 2:14.64 and sophomore Kala Allen took third in the 200m dash in 25.61.

Junior Taylor Brown led Miami in field events, winning the pole vault with a throw of 3.58m, while alumna Samantha Gable placed second in the weight throw with a personal-best mark of 17.20m. Now-graduated Alexandra Roberts also had a top-three finish, taking runner-up in the shot put with throw of 14.78m.

At last week’s GVSU Big Meet, sophomore Laura Bess won the mile for a second consecutive week, clocking a career-high time of 4:49.21. Her time is now the third-fastest time on the MAC’s automatic-qualifying list. Teammate Charlotte Myers also had an impressive performance in the 800m run, placing second overall in 2:10.02 despite racing in a slow heat. Junior Anna Lamb rounded out long distance events for the RedHawks, placing eighth in the 5000m run, crossing the finish line with a time of 17:04.46. Junior Adaora Anunike had the strongest finish for Miami in field events, taking third in the weight throw with a heave of 16.59m.

As Miami takes on its final indoor meet of the season before next weekend’s conference championship, several RedHawks hold top-five rankings on the MAC Performance List. Freshman Alexus Jimson-Miller ranks second in the 60m hurdles with an automatic qualifying time of 8.55, while Lamb holds the fourth-fastest time in the 5000m, also with an automatic qualifying time of 16:53.59. Bess is third in the MAC with her 4:49.21 mile time in last weekend’s meet, also an automatic qualifier for the conference championship, and Myers holds two automatic qualifiers, ranking fifth in both the 400m dash (55.39) and the800m run (2:10.02).

Following the Ball State Quadrangular, the RedHawks will have one final week to prepare before traveling to Kent, Ohio for the 2014 MAC Indoor Championship Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 – Mar. 1.