ATHENS, Ohio — Five RedHawks scored points for the Miami University men’s track and field team on Friday in the second day of the Mid-American Conference Championships as the RedHawks sit in fifth place in the overall standings among the six-team field.
There were just four event finals for the men in addition to the completion of the decathlon on Friday, while seven preliminary events were run to help set up Saturday’s championship finale.
Senior Sam Spallinger recorded a jump of 23-8.75 in the long jump to notch a fourth-place finish and score five points for Miami as the RedHawks’ top finisher on Friday. In the final event of the day, the 3000m steeplechase, Miami had a pair of runners finish among the top eight. Sophomore Zack McBride placed sixth in a personal-best time of 9:13.27, more than eight seconds better than his previous best, while junior Ryan Moncrieff clocked a time of 9:27.52 to place eighth, scoring three and one points, respectively.
Senior Tyler Yee launched a throw of 198-8 in the javelin to place sixth, while senior Rob Stein recorded a throw of 55-2.25 in the shot put to also place sixth, each scoring three points for the RedHawks.
Miami enters Saturday with 32 points. Akron leads the field with 78 points followed by Buffalo (66), Eastern Michigan (64), Kent State (41), Miami and Central Michigan (31).
In preliminary events on Friday, junior JaShawn Combs qualified for Saturday’s 110m hurdle finals, senior Jahquil Hargrove advanced to the 400m and 200m dash finals, while senior Wade Coffin moved on to the 800m finals and junior Skyler Coburn qualified for the 400m hurdle finals.
Action gets underway on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the triple jump and is scheduled to conclude at approximately 5:15 p.m. with the 4x400m relay.