OXFORD, Ohio - After an impressive start to its outdoor season, the Miami University men’s track and field team travels one hour south Friday to the University of Cincinnati to compete in the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational at Gettler Stadium.
Action gets underway Friday at 11:30 a.m. with the first half of the decathlon, followed by the heptathlon and hammer throw. The first day of competition concludes at 7 p.m. with the 10,000m run. The meet picks up again Saturday at 9 a.m. with the conclusion of the decathlon, with field action beginning at 10 a.m. Track action starts at 12 p.m. with the 3000m steeplechase, and the invitational concludes at 4:24 p.m. with the 4x400m relay.
At last season’s Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, Miami placed second, garnering 189 points behind several individual victories. Now-graduated Jarrod Eick won the 5000m run, while sophomore Peter Stefanski was the victor in the high jump, clearing 2.08m. The RedHawks also ran away with both relay victories, winning the 4x100m relay in 42.21 and the 4x400m relay in 3:17.09.
The RedHawks opened their 2014 outdoor season last weekend at the Wake Forest Invitational, hosted by Wake Forest University. Miami posted two event victories at the meet, including junior Ryan Moncrieff’s win in the 3000m steeplechase (9:34.19) and sophomore Joe Stewart’s victory in the 5000m run (14:51.37).Miami also posted nine other top-five finishes at the meet, beginning with senior Dave Wing and sophomore Matt Stewart who went two-three in the 5000m run. Wing finished runner-up in the race in 14:48.23, while Stewart rounded out the top three in 14:52.70. Junior JaShawn Combs represented Miami in the sprints, finishing fourth in the 110m hurdles (14.66), while senior Rob Stein had the strongest finish in field action Friday for the RedHawks, placing fifth in the shot put in 52 - 10 ¼.
In Saturday’s portion of the meet, junior Skyler Coburn took second in the 400m hurdles (54.25), while freshman Tyler Gittins took fifth in the race in 54.69. In field action, senior Sam Spallinger placed third in the long jump with a mark of 7.03m and sophomore Peter Stefanski earned third for his 2.03m mark in the high jump. The Red and White concluded the invitational with a fourth-place finish in the 4x400m relay (3:19.01).Following the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, the RedHawks will return home to host the Miami Invitational April 4-5.