OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University men’s track and field team kicks off its outdoor season this weekend at the Wake Forest Invitational, hosted by Wake Forest University. One RedHawk will also compete at the Charlotte 49er Classic, hosted by the University of North Carolina.
Freshman Grant Cole opens his outdoor collegiate debut Thursday, competing in the 49er Classic’s combined events. Once Cole has completed competition Friday morning, he will travel over to the Wake Forest Invitational where the rest of the team will be competing Friday and Saturday.
Action at the Wake Forest Invitational begins Friday at 9:30 a.m. with several field events, including the pole vault, triple jump, javelin, and shot put. Track action starts at 1 p.m. with the 110m hurdles prelims, followed by the 100m prelims, 1500m run, 400m run, and the finals of the 110m hurdles and 100m. Action resumes Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the women’s javelin, followed by the men’s high jump and long jump at 10 a.m. Track events begin at 11 a.m. beginning with the 400m relay, followed by the 800m, 400m hurdles, 200m, and 3000m, and the meet concludes at 3:20 p.m. with the 1600m relay.
The Red and White participated in two indoor meets as warm-ups for the outdoor season. Most recently, the RedHawks competed at the Ohio State Tune-Up Feb. 21, notching eight top-five finishes. Sophomore Peter Stefanski garnered Miami’s first win of the meet in the high jump with a clearance of 2.10m. Freshman Grant Cole then earned Miami’s second victory in the long jump with a mark of 7.13m, followed by teammate Sam Spallinger who finished second with a jump of 6.81m.
In track action, senior Kevin Brown clocked the fastest time in the 600m run (1:22.33), while sophomore Joey Comisford took second in 1:22.91. In the 800m run, freshman Andrew Dusing took fourth in 1:54.21, and sophomore Joe Stewart concluded Miami’s success in the long distance races, taking third in the 3000m with a clocked time of 8:32.22.
Sophomore Adam Bodrick had Miami’s lone sprint victory at the meet, winning the 400m dash (49.71), and junior Jacob Willey placed fourth in the 200m dash in 23.20. Miami concluded the tune-up meet by clocking the fastest time in the 4x400m relay in 3:19.07.
With a new season upon them, the RedHawks will look to improve their fourth-place finish at last season’s MAC Championship. Now-graduated Jarrod Eick led the way for Miami, winning the 1500m title in 3:51.66, becoming the second Miamian to win the 1500m race in nearly 46 years. Senior Sam Spallinger also became a conference champion, winning the long jump with a mark of 7.43m. Both Eick and Spallinger received First-Team All-MAC honors as a result of their championship victories. Eick later went on to the NCAA East Preliminary Round, concluding his RedHawk career in the 1500m quarterfinals where he finished 20th in 3:51.58.
Following the Wake Forest Invitational, the RedHawks will compete closer to home Friday, Mar. 28 when they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio for the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational.