WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – The Miami University men’s track and field team earned five top-five finishes during the second and final day of the Wake Forest Invitational, hosted by Wake Forest University at Kentner Stadium.
Junior Skyler Coburn posted Miami’s top finish of the day, placing runner-up in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.25. Two freshmen earned solid starts to their RedHawk careers, beginning with Tyler Gittens who placed fifth in the race with a time of 54.69. Teammate Vinnie Minosky then rounded out the event's top eight, clocking a time of 55.76.
Miami also had two strong finishes on the field, placing among the top three in the long jump and high jump invitational. Senior Sam Spallinger took third in the long jump, earning a 7.03m mark on his second attempt. Sophomore Peter Stefanski then finished third in the high jump invitational, notching a mark of 2.03m.
The RedHawks earned their final top-five finish of the day in the 4x400m relay, taking fourth behind Robert Morris in 3:19.01. NC State won the relay in 3:16.94, followed by host team Wake Forest who took second in 3:17.63.
In further field action, senior Rob Stein earned Miami’s best mark in the discuss, finishing sixth with a throw of 48.58m. Freshman Zubin Coleman finished in the top ten for the event, earning ninth-place with his throw of 45.15m, while freshman Andrew Vollet placed 11th with a mark of 43.66m.
On the track, senior Kevin Brown took sixth in the 800m run, clocking a time of 1:51.80. Three other RedHawks finished in the top 15, including senior Wade Coffin who took eighth in 1:52.56. Freshman Andrew Dusing crossed the finish line four spots later in 12th with a time of 1:43.62, and sophomore Joey Comisford took 14th a minute later in 1:54.62.
Freshman Ed Wigton had Miami’s highest finish in the 3000m run, placing 15th with a time of 9:00.68. Sophomore Matthew Dietrich took 18th six seconds later in 9:06.89, while freshman John Sotos finished 22nd in 9:14.48. Sophomore Jacob Willey was the lone RedHawk to place in the 200m dash, finishing 49th out of 102 athletes with a sprint of 23.07.
With the first outdoor meet under their belts, the RedHawks return to action Friday, Feb. 28 for the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio.