OXFORD, Ohio – Before turning its attention to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championships, the Miami University women’s track and field team will have one final tune-up Saturday at the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field complex.
The meet opens with the women’s hammer throw at 11 a.m., followed by the long jump at 12 p.m. and the javelin at 12:45 p.m. Track action starts at 12:15 p.m. with the 100m hurdles prelims, and the 100m prelims at 12:45 p.m. While field competition is scheduled to conclude at 5 p.m. with the men’s discus, the invitational will wrap up on the track at 6:40 p.m. with the men’s 4x400m relay.
The RedHawks will have one final chance to show what they can do in their respective events this weekend, going up against a strong field that includes athletes from Indiana State, Notre Dame, Illinois, and Kentucky, among others. The Red and White will also have one final shot against MAC foes Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan before meeting them at the conference meet in two weeks.
At last year’s Billy Hayes Invitational, alumna Samantha Gable took second in the hammer throw, while now-graduated Layne Baggett finished runner-up in the 100m dash, tying her personal-best 11.70. Junior Taylor Wickware placed in the top-10 in the 800m, crossing the finish line in sixth with a time of 2:14.78. Junior Jess Hoover also had a strong showing at the meet, finishing 11th with a time of 4:52.19.
Last weekend, the RedHawks hosted their second and final home meet of the season, claiming four event victories. Junior Melissa Girgis kicked off the RedHawk Invitational with a victory in the 5000m, winning the race in 18:01.44. Sophomore Megan Beaver then posted a victory in the 800m run in a career-high 2:13.80, while senior Erica Howes tabbed a win in the 3000m steeplechase in a season-high 10:46.83. Sophomore Adaora Anunike garnered the final Miami victory on the field, winning the discus with a throw of 48.31m/158-6.
With the MAC Championship two weeks away, several RedHawk women sit at the top of the conference for their respective events. Junior Charlotte Myers holds two automatic-qualifying times, ranking second in the 800m (2:08.91) and sixth in the 400m (55.80). Sophomore Laura Bess ranks fourth in the 1500m with an automatic-qualifying time of 4:27.53, while junior Anna Lamb rounds out the top-five in the conference in the 5000m with a time of 16:46.32, also an automatic-qualifier. Freshman Alexus Jimson-Miller has had a stellar start to her RedHawk career, ranking fourth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.16, and senior Erica Howes now holds the fifth-best time in the MAC for the 3000m steeplechase after her top finish at the RedHawk Invitational.
In field action, senior Tori Paterra leads the MAC in the javelin with a clearance of 52.52m/172-4 from the All-Ohio Championships. Anunike ranks sixth in the discus with a mark of 50.87m/166-11, and sophomore Amelia Strickler holds the sixth-best toss in the shot put with a throw of 15.11m/49-7.
Following the Billy Hayes Invitational, the RedHawks will have one final week to prep before travelling to Athens, Ohio May 15-17 to compete for a MAC Championship title.