BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Junior Anna Lamb garnered Miami’s only victory at the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University, setting a new outdoor season-high in the 3000m run. This was the final tune-up for the Miami University women’s track and field team before the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championships later this month.
Lamb had her best finish in the 3000m since the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational, battling an unattached runner for the win. The Granville, Ohio native flew across the finish line two seconds faster than competitor Chanli Mundy in a season-best 10:00.18, tabbing Miami’s only victory of the day.
Sophomore Laura Bess had a strong finish of her own in the 1500m invitational, placing fourth in the race with a career-high 4:24.57. Despite finishing four seconds behind Eastern Michigan’s Victoria Voronko who won the race, Bess’ time now ranks second in the MAC.
The RedHawks had another top-five finish on the field when sophomore Amelia Strickler fired a throw over a distance of 15.10m/49-6.5 to earn her third place in the shot put. She then rounded out the top-eight in the discus after recording a mark of 42.46m/139-4 behind teammate Adaora Anunike who finished seventh with a toss of 43.13m/141-6.
The Red and White nabbed several other impressive finishes during Saturday’s meet. Anunike finished seventh in the hammer throw after launching a toss that cleared a distance of 47.64m/156-3. Freshman Olivia Cummings then completed field action for the RedHawks in the discus, followed Anunike and Strickler in ninth with a mark of 41.44m/135-11.
On the track, freshman Alexus Jimson-Miller placed within the top-10 in two events, first sprinting to a third-place finish in the 100m hurdles final with a time of 14.33. She then finished ninth in the 200m dash in 24.84, just missing Eastern Michigan’s Morgan Yeadon who crossed ahead of Jimson-Miller in 24.83.
Freshman Lauren Hoover received runner-up honors in the 1500m run after finishing with a time of 4:46.58, while teammate Megan Beaver set a new career-high in the 800m after clocking a time of 2:13.16 that earned her third. Seniors Erica Mudd and Xerina Hughey qualified for the 100m hurdles final after finishing within the top-eight in the prelims. Mudd had the second-best finish for Miami in the final (14.65), while Hughey finished seventh in 14.88. She then earned another seventh-place finish in the 400m hurdles finals with a career-high 1:02.49.
With the completion of the Billy Hayes Invitational, the RedHawks will have next weekend off before heading to Athens, Ohio May 15-17 in search for a MAC Championship title.