OXFORD, Ohio – Senior Rob Stein blew away the competition in the shot put during the second and final day of the Miami Invitational at the George Rider Track, helping Miami’s men’s track and field team win its first of two home meets this season.
Stein earned the strongest throw of his career in the shot put this afternoon, shattering Miami’s previous shot put record with a mark of 18.03m/59-2. The shot put was Miami’s longest-standing track and field record, set by Tom Jones in 1955. Stein also earned a second-place finish in the discus, throwing a distance of 45.80m/150-03.
Miami dominated the invitational, winning the meet with 278 points. Cedarville followed in second with 125 points, then Xavier in third (67), Ohio Dominican in fourth (61), and Butler in fifth (60). IUPUI, Shawnee State, Williams, Dayton, Otterbein, and John Carroll also competed in this weekend's meet.
The RedHawk men had six other event wins to clinch the invitational, starting with freshman Andrew Vollet who won the discus with an impressive throw of 46.01m/150-11. Freshman Zubin Coleman also scored in the event, finishing sixth with a mark of 35.73m/117-3.
The Red and White swept the top three spots in the 400m dash, with senior Jahquil Hargrove winning the sprint in 48.06. Sophomore Adam Bodrick placed second in 48.67, while senior Robert Balzano rounded out the top three in 48.86. In the 400m hurdles, the RedHawks went 1-2-3 again, starting with junior Skyler Coburn who won the race in a season-best 52.65. Freshman Vincent Minosky took second also in a season-best in 54.49, followed by freshman Tyler Gittins who took third in 55.65.
Senior Wade Coffin then edged out teammate Joey Comisford for the win in the 800m, clocking a time of 1:52.57, with Comisford crossing the finish line in 1:53.39. The RedHawks earned two top-five finishes in the 3000m steeplechase, with junior Ryan Moncrieff taking fourth (9:32.73) and sophomore Matthew Pelletier finishing in fifth (9:39.14).
In field action, sophomore Peter Stefanski nabbed the high jump victory, clearing a distance of 2.05m/6-8.75. Senior Matt Gambill finished third in the event with a jump of 1.95m/6-4.75. Senior Sam Spallinger went runner-up in the long jump with a mark of 6.84m/22-5.25, while senior Calen Settles finished third, clearing a distance of 6.70m/21-11.75. Settles also placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 13.00m/42-8. Junior Sam Chester also earned a strong finish in the shot put, taking third with a throw of 12.59m/41-3.75. Junior Tyler Yee then garnered the meet's javelin victory, winning with a throw of 59.02m/193-8, followed by senior Taylor Celestin in second with a mark of 55.34m/181-7.
In the 5000m, sophomore Matt Stewart finished fourth with a time of 15:01.33, and senior Daniel Garleb took sixth in 15:03.19. Freshman Andrew Dusing clocked a runner-up time in the 1500m (3:57.88), followed by senior Dave Wing who finished fourth with a season-best time (3:59.64), and sophomore Joe Stewart who took fifth (4:00.06).
The Red and White sweeped the relays, first winning the 4x100m relay with a time of 42.95. The RedHawk men then clinched the invitational by taking the top two spots in the 4x400m relay. Bodrick, Balzano, Hargrove, and Coburn won the race with a combined time of 3:15.07, followed by Chester, Comisford, Gittens, and Minosky who took second in 3:23.13.
With the completion of the 2014 Miami Invitational, the RedHawks will return to the track April 11-12 for the All-Ohio Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio.