OXFORD, Ohio – The track and field postseason gets underway in earnest on Thursday and the Miami men have strong representation in the NCAA East Region Preliminary Meet.
Six RedHawks traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., for the preliminary competition, which is hosted by North Florida May from Thursday through Saturday.
Thursday’s schedule features a heavy competition slate for the Red and White, with five competitors in action. The day begins at noon with the javelin throw, where Tyler Yee is slated to give it a go. The junior is seeded 43rd with his career-best toss of 211-9, which he achieved at the outdoor opening Wake Forest Open. Yee is coming off a sixth-place finish at the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships and is competing in the preliminary meet for the second-straight season, he placed 37th in the 2013 East Region Prelim.
Two more field competitors are scheduled to compete on Thursday in Rob Stein (shot put) and Sam Spallinger (long jump). Stein throws the shot put at 4 p.m., marking his fourth-consecutive season competing in the preliminary meet. This is, however, the first time Stein is competing in the shot put as he qualified in the discus during his first three seasons. The senior is seeded 32nd with his school-record toss of 59-2 at the Miami Invitational and is coming off a sixth-place showing at the MAC Championships. Spallinger cleared 24-3 3/4 in the long jump at the RedHawk Invitational, a distance that puts him 39th in his field. The senior competes in his second-straight preliminary meet at 2 p.m.
On the track, Skyler Coburn (400m hurdles) and Jahquil Hargrove (400m) compete in the first round of their respective events. Coburn clocked a career-best time of 52.15 at the Kentucky Relays, seeding the junior 35th at his first-career preliminary meet. The junior’s race is the first track event of the day and is slated for 4:30 p.m. Hargrove, meanwhile, is running the 400m at this meet for the third-straight year. His season-best time of 46.90 puts him 28th in the competition and that race begins at 7:20 p.m. The top 24 finishers from both races advance to Friday’s quarterfinals, where the field will be cut to 12 for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The 400m quarterfinals begin at 6 p.m. and the 400m hurdle quarterfinals start at 7:30 p.m.
Also vying for a spot in the national meet is sophomore Peter Stefanski, who competes in the high jump for the second-straight year. Stefanski’s clearing height of 6-11 1/2 ranks 25th in his field.
The top-12 finishers in the preliminary meet advance to Eugene, Ore., for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships.