ATHENS, Ohio – Senior Tori Paterra conquered the first day of the 2014 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships, capturing the javelin title for the second time in her RedHawk career. The Miami University women’s track and field team leads after day one of the meet, hosted by Ohio University at the Goldsberry Track & Field Complex.
After compiling 23 points, Miami has the lead going into day two of conference competition. Akron follows just one point behind in second, while Central Michigan holds onto third with 19 points. Bowling Green and Ohio are tied for fourth with 18 points, and Kent State rounds out the top six with 10 points.
Paterra blew away any competition she had in the javelin with her strong arm, leading the 15-woman field in her very first throw of 49.63m. The distance of her throws progressively became longer with each attempt, finally claiming the event title with her fifth mark of 55.91m/183-5. Paterra shattered her own school record that she had set last season, and is now the new MAC meet record holder in the event, breaking the previous record set in 2006 by Akron’s Ashley Kaufman.
Junior Anna Lamb also helped Miami take an early lead at the league meet Thursday, garnering runner-up honors in the 10000m run in a time of 35:10.18. Junior Melissa Girgis finished eight seconds behind Lamb in fourth, earning five points for the team in a career-high 35:18.69. Junior Mattie Moncayo was the last RedHawk to compete in the 10K, clocking a time of 37:06.74 to finish 11th.
Senior Erica Mudd completed four events of the heptathlon, finishing sixth in the high jump with a mark of 1.63m/5-4.25 and sixth in the shot put after a heave of 10.88m/35-8.50. She garnered seventh-place finishes in the other two events, clocking times of 14.35 in the 100m hurdles and 25.95 in the 200m dash. Mudd will complete the heptathlon during Friday’s portion of the meet, starting at 10:30 a.m. with the long jump.
In addition to the final events of the heptathlon, the MAC Championships resumes Friday at 1 p.m. with the long jump, followed by the shot put at 1:30 p.m. Action on the track kicks up again at 1 p.m. with the 1500m, and the second day of the conference meet is scheduled to conclude at 5:20 p.m. with the 3000m steeplechase.