COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Setting the tone for the RedHawks at the U.S. National Championships this weekend, Miami University’s junior synchronized skating team got off to a strong start with their short program on Thursday night.

Miami posted a season-high score of 45.25 for their short program set to the music “Anything Goes” and “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better,” eclipsing its previous season high by 8.41 points. The RedHawks sit in sixth place among the 14-team field and had a clean skate on Thursday, marking the first time this season Miami has not had a fall in its short program.

Miami is just 0.15 out of fifth place and a mere 2.78 out of second. In a tight race in the upper half of the field, just 3.71 points separates second from eighth place.

Lexettes lead the junior division after the short program with a score of 55.00. Saint Louis Synergy sits in second (48.03) followed by Chicago Jazz (47.20), Team Braemar (46.04), Hockettes (45.40), Miami (45.25), Synchroettes (45.06), Skyliners (44.32), Fond du Lac Blades (38.91), Starlights (33.54), Team Delaware (30.77), Precisely Right (28.41), The Tremors (27.18) and Capital Steps (24.62).

The RedHawk junior team concludes its stint at the U.S. National Championships with Friday’s free skate event. Miami’s senior team also will compete on Friday, skating its short program.