ATHENS, Ohio – Senior Dave Wing led the Miami University men’s track and field team during the first day of the 2014 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships, finishing second in the 10,000m race. The conference meet is hosted by Ohio University at its Goldsberry Track and Field Complex.
Miami holds onto a fourth-place spot after the first day of competition, compiling a total of 17 points. Akron, the three-time defending champion leads the conference meet with 27 points, while Kent State follows five points behind with 22. Eastern Michigan sits ahead of Miami in third with 21 points, while Central Michigan is in fifth (16) and Buffalo is in sixth (14).
Wing ran an impressive race Thursday evening as he finished runner-up in only the second 10K race of his senior season. He clocked a time of 30:24.43, being edged out by Eastern Michigan’s Willy Fink who garnered the event title in 30:20.34. Senior Daniel Garleb followed behind Wing in fourth after crossing the finish line in 30:31.78, and sophomore Matt Stewart was the third and final RedHawk to finish with a career-high time of 30:55.33 to earn him 10th place.
Senior Rob Stein totaled four points during the first day of the conference meet, finishing fifth in the hammer throw with a career-high mark of 57.09/187-4. Junior Sam Chester is the only RedHawk competing in the decathlon, earning his top finish in the shot put where he placed seventh with a mark of 12.32m/40-5. He finished eighth in the 400m dash with a time of 52.31, then placed ninth in the 100m (11.53), the long jump (6.07m/19-11), and the high jump (1.84m/6-0.50). Chester will complete the final events of the decathlon Friday, starting at 10 a.m. with the 110m hurdles.
In addition to the completion of the decathlon, the second day of the MAC Championships starts at 1 p.m. with the javelin, followed by the long jump at 4 p.m. The track heats up at 1:20 p.m. with the 1500m, and day two of the meet is scheduled to wrap up at 5:40 p.m. with the 3000m steeplechase.