OXFORD, Ohio – After an outstanding third-place finish at the All-Ohio Championships last weekend, the Miami University men’s track and field team heads to Lexington, Ky. Saturday for the Kentucky Relays, hosted by the University of Kentucky at its track and field complex.
Action begins at 9:20 a.m. with the 5,000m run, followed by the 4x100m relay at 10:35 a.m. Field events are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. with the javelin and hammer throws, with the long jump following at noon. Field action wraps up at 3:30 p.m. with the discus, while the 4x400m relay closes the meet at 4:30 p.m.
The Red and White had a strong showing at the All-Ohio Championships last weekend, holding on to third throughout the two-day meet. Miami finished with 129.5 points, trailing Akron, which won the meet with 205 points, and host Cincinnati, which settled for second with 138 points.
Sophomore Peter Stefanski garnered Miami’s top finish of the meet when he tied his career-high in the high jump with a mark of 6-11.50. His mark earned him 10 points at the meet and ranks first in the Mid-American Conference. The Miami men had several other key finishes on the field, including senior Rob Stein’s fourth-place finish in the hammer throw when he cleared a distance of 180-08. Redshirt senior Sam Spallinger also earned fourth in his respective event, leaping to a mark of 23-0.50 in the long jump. Redshirt senior Tyler Yee then earned a third-place finish when he threw a distance of 175-7 in the javelin.
Sophomore Matt Stewart started the RedHawks on the right foot in track action, garnering a runner-up finish in the 10,000m run in 31:17.74. Freshman Stephen Biebelhausen then finished two spots behind Stewart in fourth, clocking a time of 32:28.01. Senior Jahquil Hargrove finished within the top-three in two individual events, first clocking a runner-up finish in the 400m (46.96), then taking third in the 200m (21.66). Hargrove gave one final performance at the meet in the 4x400m relay, helping teammates Adam Bodrick, Robert Balzano, and Skyler Coburn take third with a time of 3:12.06.
With the MAC Outdoor Championships less than a month away, a number of RedHawks sit at the top of the conference with automatic qualifying marks and times in their respective events. In field action, Stefanski leads the conference in the high jump, while Yee ranks second in the javelin (211-9). Stein has two automatic-qualifiers, first in the shot put where he ranks third (59-2) and then in the hammer throw where he ranks seventh (183-7).
In track events, Coburn ranks third in the 400m hurdles with his time of 52.56 from the Miami Invitational. Junior JaShawn Combs ranks ninth in the 100m hurdles with an automatic-qualifying time of 14.66, followed by junior Sam Chester in 10th in 14.70, also an automatic-qualifier. After their performance in the 10,000m at the All-Ohio Championship, Stewart and Biebelhausen rank second and fourth in the MAC for this event, but their times are not automatic-qualifiers.
Following this weekend’s action, the Miami men will return home to host the RedHawk Invitational Saturday, April 26.