OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University head women’s track and field coach Kelly Phillips revealed the rest of her 2014-15 recruiting class on Friday.
Nine more competitors were added since the early signing period, which bulked the RedHawks’ freshman class to 15. Suiting up for the Red and White this year are Erin Beaver (Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville), Zuri Davis (Atlanta, Ga./Marist), Emily Hooker (Akron, Ohio/Green), Taylor Muia (Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota West), Alexa Ross (Saline, Mich./Saline), Maria Scavuzzo (Medina, Ohio/Medina), Sarah Starrett (Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda), Alesha Vovk (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Joseph Academy) and Rachael Weesner (Carmel, Ind./Carmel).
“I couldn’t be more excited about the incoming freshman class,” Phillips said. “We have some top level women coming in that can make an immediate impact in our sprints and distance. We also have great depth that will help over the next few years. The season can’t start soon enough!”
Joining her sister Megan Beaver, Erin is a candidate to score points for the RedHawks in the combined events. Most notably, Beaver enters Miami with personal bests of 5-0 in the high jump and 48.41 in the 300m hurdles for Brecksville High School.
A long sprinter/middle distance runner by trade, Zuri Davis was a valuable member of two-time Georgia State Champion Marist High School. She primarily ran the 400m and 800m, with personal best times of 56.55 and 2:17, respectively. Her 400m time set the school record while she also was a member of five school record holding relay teams. She also lettered twice in softball and once in swimming and was a two-time qualifier for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals meet.
Emily Hooker will add some speed to the short sprints for the Red and White. She will step onto campus with high school PRs of 12.29 (100m), 25.57 (200m) and 55.19 (400m) during her time at Green High School.
Taylor Muia is a distance runner with a top cross country time of 19:07. She nabbed four varsity letters in cross country and two apiece in track and field and swimming with Lakota West High School. She was also an all-conference selection in cross country during all four seasons she ran.
Also joining the short sprint group is Alexa Ross, who helped set Saline High School’s 4x100m relay team win a state title. She notably has a 200m PR of 25.37.
Coming in to help the Red and White defend their Mid-American Conference title in cross country is Maria Scavuzzo, a four-time all-conference performer in track and field and two-time cross country all-conference pick. She helped Medina High School’s 4x800m relay team capture a pair of state titles and closed out her final track season by winning the 1600m at the conference meet.
Also bolstering the depth of the distance group is Sarah Starrett, who posted a PR of 5:22 in the 1600m during her time at nearby Talawanda High School.
With St. Joseph Academy, Alesha Vovk posted a top time of 5:06 in the 1600m. She also clocked a 3200m time of 11:47.
Rachael Weesner helped Carmel High School win a state championship in cross country during her time there, notching a PR of 18:47. On the track, her top times came in the 1600m (5:29) and 3200m (11:21).
This group joins the RedHawks’ six early signings that signed in February. That group includes five-time state champion Alex Cameron (PR: 5:01-1600m, 11:09-3200m and 17:59-cross country), Kylie Goldsmith (PR: 12.09-100m and 24.57-200m), Aaryn Gray (PR: 130-0-javelin), Katherine Receveur (PR: 2:15-800m, 4:56-1600m and 17:47-cross country), Morgan Rice (PR: 8.96-60m hurdles, 43.88-300m hurdles) and Sarra Taylor (PR: 5:09-1600m, 11:11-3200m and 18:19-cross country), who committed in February.