AKRON, Ohio – A pair of first-place finishes by Anna Lamb and Laura Bess ended the Miami women’s track and field’s stint at the Akron Invitational on a high note Saturday.

Lamb won the 3000m, crossing the finish line in a career-best 9:48.18 to win the event by over three seconds, while Bess’ personal-best time of 4:55.55 edged out Dayton’s Lizzie Gleason (4:56.27).

“Anna and Laura both ran very solid races today,” head coach Kelly Phillips said. “Overall, things are starting to come together for us. Next week we have a good opportunity to compete against some great competition in Michigan.”

While Lamb and Bess took gold in their events, MU posted several strong performances throughout the day. Alexus Jimson-Miller continued her big debut season by finishing runner-up in the 60m hurdles with a season-best time of 8.55. The freshman also clocked a personal best in the 200m (25.16), placing fourth in the race. She also anchored the RedHawks’ third-place 4x400m relay team to a season-best time of 3:47.86, teaming with Kala Allen, Taylor Wickware and Charlotte Myers.

Individually, Wickware also took fourth in the 800m Gold Division, running a season-best time of 2:11.55. Myers also notched a top-five performance, taking third in the 400m Gold Division

The Red and White field events also notched some season-best outputs. Amelia Strickler placed fourth in the shot put after launching her second throw 15.34m, which ranks second on Miami’s all-time list. Adaora Anunike also posted a MU season high in the weight throw, taking sixth in the blue division with a throw of 16.70m. Erica Mudd’s long jump of 5.42m also represented a season best and was good for sixth in the event.

“Alexus ran a fantastic 60m hurdles today,” Phillips said. “Also, Amelia continues to perform great for us in the shot put and is starting to creep up on our school record.”

The RedHawks return to the track for the GVSU Big Meet, which runs Feb. 14-15.