OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University women’s track and field team will open its 2013-2014 indoor season Saturday at the third-annual IPFW Mastodon Opener at the IPFW Athletics Center.
Miami will compete against IPFW, Butler, Valparaiso, Oakland, and Indiana Tech, with the weight throw, pole vault, high jump, and long jump scheduled to kick off the meet at 11 a.m. Running events will follow the field events at noon.
The Mastodon Opener will be the team’s first opportunity to see where they are at before taking on the Kentucky Invitational January 17-18. This meet will also be the first collegiate competition for 12 freshmen.
The RedHawks, who finished eighth at the MAC Indoor Championships and fourth at the MAC Outdoor Championships last season, are returning senior Tori Paterra who competed in her third-straight NCAA Championship last year. Paterra is only the third RedHawk in program history to make three NCAA Championships, and earned Honorable Mention All-America last year for her 21st-place finish in the javelin throw.
The Red and White are also returning junior Anna Lamb and sophomore Amelia Strickler, who both qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds last year. Strickler completed her first season as a RedHawk by placing 39th out of 48 in the shot put. Lamb completed prelims by finishing 24th in the 10,000m semifinal race, and later placed fourth in the 1500m race at the U.S. Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Miami had a strong showing at last year’s Mastodon Opener, winning 10 of 16 events with the help of senior Kori Tatman and junior Melissa Girgis. Tatman, who is ranked second in indoor school history for the pole vault, won the event in last year’s season opener with a vault of 3.45m/11-3.75. Girgis dominated the meet’s 3000m race in a personal-best 10:13.51, and ranks sixth in indoor school history after clocking a 3000m time of 9:48.57 at the Kentucky Rod McCravy Memorial Meet.
Sophomore Kala Allen and junior Charlotte Myers also had impressive performances at last year’s Mastodon Opener, going 1-2 in the 600m. Allen won the race in 1:36.38, while Meyers took second in 1:36.71. Myers currently holds the top 600m record in indoor school history after finishing the run at the Gladstein Invitational in 1:34.01.
Another RedHawk who will look to improve upon last season’s opener performance is junior Taylor Wickware. Wickware won the 800m in 2:19.42, and is ranked fifth in indoor school history after taking fourth in the run at the Akron Invitational last season in 2:13.25.
Following this weekend’s indoor season opener, the RedHawks will be off for winter break. They will return Jan. 17, 2013 for the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.