ATHENS, Ohio —Three RedHawks scored points for the Miami University women’s track and field team on Friday in the second day of the Mid-American Conference Championships as the RedHawks moved into second place in the overall standings among the 12-team field.

There were just three event finals for the women in addition to the completion of the heptathlon on Friday, while seven preliminary events were run to help set up Saturday’s championship finale.

Sophomore Amelia Strickler was Miami’s top finisher on Friday, placing fourth with a throw of 49-6.50 in the shot put to five points for the RedHawks. That mark was half an inch shy of her personal best. Senior Erica Howes clocked a season-best time of 10:42.06 in the 3000m steeplechase to place fifth and score four points for the Red and White.

Senior Erica Mudd placed third in the heptathlon’s long jump with a leap of 18-2.50—which was just 3.5 off the top jump—11th in the javelin and 10th in the 800m run to finish eighth in the overall heptathlon standings, amassing a personal-best score of 4,853 and earning an additional point for the RedHawks with her eighth-place finish.

Miami enters Saturday with 33 points, trailing first-place Kent State (47) and holding a one-point edge over Akron (32), and a two-point advantage over fourth-place Bowling Green (31). Ohio sits in fifth place with 27 points, while Central Michigan is sixth with 27 points, Eastern Michigan is seventh with 24 points and Toledo is eighth with 20 points. Buffalo, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and Ball State round out the field, respectively.

In preliminary events on Friday, junior Charlotte Myers qualified with the top time in the 800m to advance to the finals, sophomore Laura Bess qualified for the 1500m finals and freshman Alexus Jimson-Miller advanced to the 100m hurdle finals.

Action gets underway on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the discus and high jump events and is scheduled to conclude at approximately 4:50 p.m. with the 4x400m relay.