BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Senior Kevin Brown led the way for the Miami University men’s track and field team in its first indoor tune-up of the season at the Hoosier Hills Invitational, hosted by Indiana University at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.
Brown finished first out of 12 competitors in the 600m run with a time of 1:22.12, beating out Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Josh Thomas who finished right behind in second with a time of 1:22.24. The RedHawks then took the next three spots in the event, beginning with sophomore Andrew Fockler who finished third in 1:23.42. Junior Skyler Coburn took fourth (1:23.59), while sophomore Joey Comisford finished on Coburn’s heels in fifth (1:23.65).
Sophomore Adam Bodrick also had a solid race in the 400m dash, taking fourth in the sprint with a time of 50.24, while two RedHawks finished in the top 15 in the 60m hurdles preliminaries. Junior JaShawn Combs tied for 11th with Cedarville’s Corey Caldwell and Indiana’s Adrian Mable, all clocking a time of 8.42, and junior Sam Chester finished behind Combs in 14th with a time of 8.43.
In distance action, sophomore Joe Stewart, who missed most of the cross country season due to injury, kicked off his indoor season with a 12th-place finish in the mile with a time of 4:22.40.
Sophomore Peter Stefanski led Miami in field action, taking runner-up in the high jump with a clearance of 2.12m. Freshman Austin Cole had an impressive collegiate career debut, finishing third in the long jump with a mark of 6.95m. Senior Calen Settles finished sixth in the event with a jump of 6.85m, and redshirt senior Sam Spallinger finished 10th with a 6.72m jump. Senior Rob Stein opened his final season as a RedHawk with a fifth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 16.55m.
The RedHawks will return to action Friday, Feb. 21 for the Ohio State Tune-Up in Columbus, Ohio. This will be Miami’s final indoor meet before opening its outdoor season Friday, Mar. 21 at the Wake Forest Invitational.