BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Miami University women’s track and field team dominated its first conference meet of the season, winning the Tom Wright Classic with nine event victories. Miami competed against Mid-American Conference (MAC) foes Bowling Green, Ohio, and Toledo at Bowling Green’s Perry Fieldhouse.
The Red and White held nothing back in tonight’s all women's meet, winning two field events and seven track events. Miami won the Tom Wright Classic totalling 132 points, while host Bowling Green finished second with 115 points. Ohio finished behind Bowling Green in third (71) and Toledo placed fourth (4).
The RedHawks had a solid first conference meet, according to head coach Kelly Phillips, but still have room to improve before the IMAC Indoor Championships Feb. 28.
"We definitely had some improvements, and hopefully each week - we still have next weekend - so hopefully we'll have some time to work on some things," Phillips said. "But we're definitely making headway, and we still have a lot of work to do to be ready for conference."
Senior Kori Tatman was the first victor of the night for the RedHawks, winning the pole vault with a clearance of 3.50m. Junior Taylor Brown was second behind Tatman, clearing the bar at 3.35m. Junior Jasmin Watts had a strong performance in the long jump, placing second in the event with a jump of 5.37m, and Miami held on to an early lead after the night’s third field event when senior Erica Mudd finished second in the high jump with a mark of 1.65m.
Sophomore Amelia Strickler earned the team’s second field event victory of the meet when she won the shot put with a personal-best throw of 15.04m. Junior Adaora Anunike followed Strickler in third with a put of 13.15m, while freshman Olivia Cummings took sixth with a mark of 12.48m. Anunike also earned a successful mark in the weight throw, placing fourth with a throw of 16.01m.
The RedHawks then heated up the track events as freshman Alexus Jimson-Miller won both the 60m hurdles and 60m dash. After finishing fourth in the 60m hurdles prelims, Jimson-Miller out-sprinted teammate Erica Mudd in the finals, winning the event in 8.90. The freshman led the way in both the 60m dash prelim and final races, winning her second race of the night in 7.91 and earning a total of 14 points for Miami.
"She's a really great competitor," Phillips said of Jimson-Miller. "The finals (of the 60m hurdles and 60m dash) were back to back, so she literally just got up - since there was no men - crossed the finish line and walked to the starting line."
Miami earned several top finishes in the sprints, with sophomore Lauren Schattinger finishing second (7.92) and Watts placing fourth (7.95) in the 60m hurdles, totalling another eight points for the RedHawks. Mudd then earned another second-place finish in the 60m dash in 8.93, while teammate Xerina Hughey finished fifth in 9.27.
The RedHawks continued to rack in the victories with the 200m dash when sophomore Kala Allen crossed the finish line first in 26.10, earning seven points. Schattinger had another strong sprint, clocking a time of 26.57, and Hughey finished fifth in 27.63. Junior Charlotte Myers added another track win to Miami’s growing list, placing first in the 600m run in 1:34.62.
Miami then took the top four spots in the 800m run, beginning with junior Taylor Wickware who won the race in 2:14.05. Sophomore Laura Bess was right behind Wickware in second (2:18.31), followed by sophomore Megan Beaver in third (2:18.36), and freshman McKenna Kiple in fourth (2:21.23). Bess had another strong performance in the mile where she finished third in 4:59.69. Freshman Lauren Hoover then placed sixth in the mile, clocking a personal-best time of 5:21.01.
The RedHawks earned their eighth victory of the night in the 5000m run when junior Anna Lamb outpaced the competition and won the race in 17:01.35. Junior Elisa Frazier finished behind Lamb in third with a personal-best time of 17:53.19, and junior Mattie Moncayo finished fifth in 18:16.29.
Miami clinched the meet win with the 4x400m relay, when Myers, Jimson-Miller, sophomore Kathie Wollney, and Allen clocked a combined time of 3:54.82, winning the race by two seconds.
The RedHawks will return to track and field action Feb. 7-8 when they travel to Akron for the Akron Invitational.