WALNUT, Calif. – Junior Jess Hoover set a new career-high to finish out the Mt. SAC Relays, hosted by Mt. San Antonio College at Hilmer Lodge Stadium, while a number of RedHawks finished off the weekend at the Jesse Owens Classic, hosted by The Ohio State University.
Hoover soared in the 5000m open race at the Mt. SAC Relays, wrapping up competition for the seven RedHawks who had made the long trek to California for the meet. The Hilliard, Ohio native placed 12th in the race, clocking an outstanding career-high 17:08.21, 10 seconds faster than her previous personal-best 17:18.79 set at this year’s Miami Invitational.
Back in Columbus, Ohio, several RedHawks also garnered strong finishes in their respective events. On the track, three RedHawks placed in the top-25 in the 800m run, starting with freshman McKenna Kiple who took 18th in 2:16.33. Sophomore Megan Beaver was on Kiple’s heels, finishing one spot behind in 19th in 2:16.39. Junior Taylor Wickware was the final RedHawk to finish, placing 22nd in 2:17.27.
Freshman Lauren Schattinger also raced in the second day of the Jesse Owens Classic, finishing 29th in the 200m in 25.64. Freshman Lauren Hoover concluded track action for the RedHawks in the 1500m, clocking a time of 4:37.04, which placed her 26th out of a 54-person field.
On the field, sophomore Jess Baker finished within the top-15 in the high jump, placing 14th with a clearance of 5-3. She was the third of five Mid-American Conference competitors to place in the event, finishing behind Ohio’s Chanda Cuckler who finished in eighth. Eastern Michigan’s Kate Wolanin won the high jump with a mark of 5-7.
Three Miami women also competed in the pole vault, with senior Kori Tatman leading the way in 21st with a height of 11-7.75. Junior Taylor Brown followed in 24th (11-1.75), while freshman Hope Turner finished 32nd with a mark of 10-8. Sophomore Amelia Strickler, who had finished 19th in the discus in Friday’s portion of the meet, rounded out the top-10 in the shot put with a heave of 45-9.25. Freshman Olivia Cummings followed in 21st, clearing a distance of 43-2.25.
The RedHawks will return to action next weekend when part of the team will travel to Des Moines, Iowa April 24-26 for the Drake Relays. The rest of the team will remain in Oxford, Ohio to host the RedHawk Invitational Saturday, April 26.