MUNCIE, Ind. – Junior Taylor Brown led a handful of RedHawks with her win in the pole vault at the Ball State Quadrangular, hosted by Ball State University at its Field Sports Building. This was the final tune-up for Miami’s women’s track and field team before the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Indoor Championship next weekend.
Brown had the top finish of the night for the RedHawks, winning the pole vault and earning nine points for Miami with a clearance of 3.56m. Senior Kori Tatman was Brown’s closest competitor in the field event, placing second after clearing 3.46m.
Freshman Ashley Frahm also garnered some points for Miami in her respective events, first finishing seventh in the weight throw with a heave of 15.14m. She then improved one spot in the shot put, placing sixth with a mark of 12.55m, finishing behind teammate Olivia Cummings who took fifth in the event with a put of 12.68m. Sophomore Jess Baker was the only other RedHawk to compete in the meet's field events, finishing eighth in the high jump with a clearance of 1.60m.
In track action, junior Melissa Girgis finished second in the 3000m run, clocking a time of 10:21.85, crossing the finish line just behind Northern Illinois’ Leah Raffety who won the race in 10:21.11. Sophomore Megan Beaver led Miami in the 800m run, placing third in 2:17.65. Freshman Lauren Hoover followed Beaver a second later to earn fourth place in 2:18.34, while freshman McKenna Kiple took seventh in 2:23.12.
The RedHawks will return for their final indoor meet of the season next weekend when they travel to Kent, Ohio to take on the MAC Indoor Championship Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 – Mar. 1.