OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University women’s track and field team heads to Kent, Ohio this weekend looking to win its first indoor Mid-American Conference title in program history. This year’s MAC Championship is hosted by Kent State University at its field house.
The RedHawks will face off against its fellow conference competitors, including Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, and Western Michigan in the two-day championship meet. Friday’s field events get underway at 10 a.m. with the weight throw and pentathlon, while track events start at 3:10 p.m. with the 60m hurdles. Friday’s action concludes at 6:55 p.m. with the distance medley relay. Saturday’s portion of the meet begins at 1:35 p.m. with the mile, and the championship finishes at 4:40 p.m. with the 4x400m relay.
At last year’s MAC Championship, Miami finished eighth with 35.5 points, while Kent State garnered its second consecutive indoor title. Eastern Michigan finished behind Kent State to take runner-up. The RedHawks are returning senior Erica Mudd, who leads the way for Miami as a former MAC champion. Mudd won the high jump during her freshman year, and will compete in the long jump, high jump, shot put, and 800m run portions of the pentathlon Friday.
In their final tune-up before the MAC Championship, the RedHawks competed at the Ball State Quadrangular, facing MAC foes Ball State, Northern Illinois, and Western Michigan. Junior Taylor Brown was Miami’s top finisher at the meet, winning the pole vault with a clearance of 3.56m. Freshman Ashley Frahm took seventh in the weight throw with a mark of 15.14m, then improved one spot to finish sixth in the shot put with a throw of 12.55m. Junior Melissa Girgis led the RedHawks in track action, taking runner-up in the 3000m run with a time of 10:21.85.
Entering the MAC Championship, Miami has several RedHawks that rank in the top eight in the league for their respective event. Junior Anna Lamb ranks fourth in the MAC with an automatic qualifying time of 16:53.59 in the 5000m run. She is also ranked seventh in the league in the 3000m run (9:48.18), also an automatic qualifier. Sophomore Laura Bess holds the third-fastest mile time in the conference in 4:49.21, and freshamn Alexus Jimson-Miller is second in the conference in the 60m hurdles with an automatic-qualifying time of 8.55.. Junior Charlotte Myers holds two automatic-qualifying times, ranking fifth in both the 400m (55.39) and the 800m run (2:10.02). Junior Taylor Wickware also has an automatic qualifer in the 800m run, as her 2:11.55 time ranks eighth in the conference.
Following Miami's indoor season, the RedHawks will open their outdoor track and field season Friday, Mar. 28 at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.