CINCINNATI, Ohio – Posting five event victories in the second and final day of the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, the Miami University men’s track and field team finished second at the meet, hosted by the University of Cincinnati at Gettler Stadium.
Miami compiled 103 points at the invitational, finishing runner-up for a second straight year behind host Cincinnati, which won the meet with 150.50 points. Kentucky finished behind Miami in third with 99 points, followed by Detroit in fourth (73) and Eastern Michigan in fifth (72.50). The RedHawks also competed against athletes from Indianapolis, Xavier, Marquette, Eastern and Northern Kentucky, Cedarville, Butler, Dayton, Trevecca Nazarene, and Shawnee State.
Senior Sam Spallinger clinched Miami's first victory of the day, winning the long jump and earning 10 points for the RedHawks with a mark of 6.83m. Sophomore Peter Stefanski garnered Miami’s second field victory of the meet, winning the high jump with a clearance of 1.98m.
Senior Wade Coffin led Miami in track action through his victory in the 800m run with a clocked time of 1:55.87. Junior Skyler Coburn then set a season-best and earned another 10 points for Miami in the 400m hurdles, winning the race in 53.60. The RedHawks final event victory came in the 4x400m relay, where Coffin, Coburn, sophomores Joey Comisford and Andrew Fockler won the relay with a combined time of 3:21.69.
In addition to its five event victories, Miami garnered 10 other top-eight finishes in the meet, beginning with junior Calen Settles who took fourth and earned five points in the long jump with a mark of 6.34m. Senior Rob Stein then finished third in both the shot put (16.32m) and the discus (43.62m), garnering a total of 12 points for the RedHawks.
In further track action, junior Jacob Willey placed fourth in the 400m dash with a clocked time of 51.63, while three other RedHawks earned points in the 400m hurdles. Fockler finished fourth in the hurdles with a time of 56.57, followed by freshmen Vincent Minosky (57.40) and Tyler Gittins (57.56) who took fifth and sixth, respectively.
Sophomore Zack McBride had a strong finish in the 3000m steeplechase, taking fourth in 9:50.98, while Comisford finished sixth in the 800m run with a clocked time of 1:57.55.
Six RedHawks placed within the top 15 in the 1500m run, beginning with freshman Andrew Dusing, who took fourth in 4:01.59. Sophomore Joe Stewart was the next RedHawk to cross the line, finishing sixth in 4:04.08. He was followed by freshman Stephen Biebelhausen (12th; 4:05.58) and Ed Wigton (13th; 4:06.23). Sophomore Ryan Moncrieff and senior Dave Wing were at each other’s heels by the end of the race, with Moncrieff ultimately taking 14th in 4:06.52 and Wing rounding out the top 15 finishers in 4:06.54.
The RedHawks return home next weekend to host the Miami Invitational Friday and Saturday, April 4-5 at George Rider Track.