OXFORD, Ohio – Six members of the Miami women’s track and field team will compete for a spot on the national stage against a deep field of competitors at the NCAA East Region Preliminary meet this week.
Competition for the three-day meet, hosted by North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., begins on Thursday. Of the six competitors for the RedHawks, four will be in action on the first day of the meet.
Seeding wise, senior Tori Paterra (javelin) represents a strong bet to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the fourth-straight season. A first-team All-American in 2012, Paterra broke the Mid-American Conference record with a throw of 183-5 to win the event at the MAC Outdoor Championships. That throw sits fourth in her field, which competes on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Three runners are also in action for the Red and White on Thursday in Charlotte Myers (800m), Anna Lamb (10,000m) and Laura Bess (1500m). Myers won the 800m at the MAC Championships with a career-best time of 2:07.21, which is good for 36th in her event and second all-time at Miami. She’ll compete at 8:35 p.m. If she finishes in the top 24, she will run again on Friday at 7:15 p.m.
Lamb is the RedHawks’ school-record holder in the 10,000m with a personal best of 34:35.39, though her season best of 34:50.02 achieved at the Mt. SAC Relays is 43rd in the field. This is the junior’s second-straight year in the preliminary meet and she runs the final race of the day on Thursday at 9:40 p.m.
Bess will be the first Miami runner to race when she makes her preliminary meet debut in the first round of the 1500m at 6 p.m. Bess’ personal-best time of 4:24.57 was clocked at the Billy Hayes Invitational and is the second fastest turned in by a Miami runner. That time puts her 43rd in her field. Should she finish in the top 24 on Thursday, she will advance the 1500m quarterfinals on Saturday at 6:45 p.m.
The remainder of the RedHawks’ competitors are in action later in the weekend. Junior Adaora Anunike throws the discus on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Her personal-best toss of 166-11 sits 27th in her event. Closing out the weekend for Miami is sophomore Amelia Strickler, who competes in the shot put on Saturday at 4 p.m. Her outdoor-best throw of 49-7 was achieved at the Drake Relays and places her 39th on the qualifying list.
The top-12 finishers in the preliminary meet advance to Eugene, Ore., for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships.