OXFORD, Ohio - With the Mid-American Conference Championships looming next weekend, the Miami University women's track and field team will compete in one final tune-up Friday at the Ball State Quadrangular, held at BSU's Field Sports Building in Muncie, Ind.
The meet, which features fellow MAC schools Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and the host Cardinals, along with the RedHawks, will be scored. Scoring will use a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale with only two competitors from each school able to score in an event.
The Ball State Quadrangular begins at 5 p.m. with several field events, including the weight throw, long jump, pole vault and high jump. Action on the track heats up at 6:15 p.m. with the 60m hurdles prelims while the meet concludes at 7:50 p.m. with the 4x400m relay.
Last weekend, the majority of the RedHawks competed at the GVSU Big Meet, hosted by Grand Valley State, which featured nationally ranked teams in both Division I and Division II. Senior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) highlighted the meet by breaking the school record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.45 while finishing second. Freshman Megan Beaver (Brecksville, Ohio) was Miami's lone winner, claiming the 600m open run in 1:35.66. The RedHawk throwers competed at the Hoosier Hills Invitational last Friday in Bloomington, Ind. and redshirt senior Alexandra Roberts (Hilliard, Ohio) led the way by taking second in the shot put with a season-best heave of 15.05m/49-4.5.
At last year's Ball State Quad, Miami took fourth while resting several key athletes and competing others in non-traditional events. Junior Kori Tatman (Amanda, Ohio) won the pole vault with her personal-best clearance of 3.89m/12-9, which still ranks her second in school history. Roberts was the lone other winner, claiming the shot put title. Baggett took third in the 60m hurdles to lead the RedHawks on the track.
With the MAC Championships next weekend, several RedHawks rank toward the top of the MAC leaderboard in their respective events. Baggett sits third in the 60m hurdles with a MAC automatic qualifying time after her record-breaking showing last week. Freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.) ranks fifth in the 400m dash (56.19) after last weekend's meet, having also automatically qualified for the MAC meet. In the 800m run, sophomore Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) is an auto qualifier, ranking eighth (2:13.25). Freshman Laura Bess (Brownsburg, Ind.) sits 13th in the mile but is auto qualified with her time of 4:57.71.
Three RedHawks are qualified in the 3000m run led by sophomore Melissa Girgis (Worthington, Ohio), who ranks eighth (9:48.57), while classmate Anna Lamb (Granville, Ohio) is 10th (9:54.07) and junior Erica Howes (Fairfax, Va.) is 15th (9:56.47). Lamb and Girgis are also auto qualified in the 5K as Lamb ranks fourth (17:04.68) while Girgis is ninth (17:16.67). Sophomore Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) ranks 13th in the 5K with an auto qualifying time of 17:23.53.
In the high jump, junior Erica Mudd (Cincinnati, Ohio) and redshirt junior Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) are both qualified for the MAC meet having cleared 5-8, which ties for third in the league. Mudd is also fifth in the long jump with an auto qualifying mark of 5.77m/18-11.25 while Tatman ranks ninth in the pole vault (3.80m/12-5.5) with an auto clearance. Roberts sits fourth in the MAC in the shot put after her heave last weekend while Zaper also ranks fifth in the pentathlon (3,521 points).
Following the Ball State Quad meet, Miami will head to Ypsilanti, Mich. for the 2013 MAC Indoor Championships, hosted by Eastern Michigan University Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23.