OXFORD, Ohio – After dominating the Miami Invitational last weekend, the Miami University men’s track and field team will make the short journey down to Cincinnati, Ohio for the All-Ohio Championship, hosted by the University of Cincinnati, Friday and Saturday.
Field action opens the All-Ohio Championship Friday at 12 p.m. with the men’s decathlon and hammer throw, followed by the women’s heptathlon at 12:30 p.m. There are only two track events scheduled for Friday, beginning with the women’s 3000m steeplechase at 5:30 p.m. The first day of the meet concludes at 6:45 p.m. with the men’s 10K run.
Action resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. with the conclusion of the decathlon, followed by the conclusion of the heptathlon and javelin at 10 a.m. and the men’s discus, and women’s shot put and high jump at 11 a.m. Field action wraps up at 2:30 p.m. with the men’s high jump. Track action continues at 12:30 p.m. with the women’s 5000m run, followed by the 4x100m relay at 1 p.m. The All-Ohio Championship is scheduled to finish at 5:35 p.m. with the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay.
Last weekend, the RedHawks clinched the 2014 Miami Invitational victory, with senior Rob Stein stealing the show with his win in the shot put. With a career-high throw of 18.03m/59-2, Stein broke Miami’s longest-standing track and field record, previously set by Tom Jones in 1955. Miami earned another seven victories, winning the meet with 278 points.
Senior Jahquil Hargrove won the 400m dash in a time of 48.06, while junior Skyler Coburn hurdled his way to victory in the 400m hurdles in a season-best 52.65. The RedHawks also nabbed the 800m win, with senior Wade Coffin clocking a first-place time of 1:52.57. Miami also earned two victories on the field, starting with sophomore Peter Stefanski who won the high jump with a mark of 2.05m/6-8.75. Junior Tyler Yee then won the javelin, clearing a distance of 59.02m/193-8. The Red and White concluded the meet by clinching both relays, winning the 4x100m relay in 42.95 and the 4x400m relay in 3:15.07. Both relay times now rank among the top-five in the MAC.
With the conference championship nearly a month away, several RedHawks rank near the top of the conference in their respective events. Hargrove ranks fourth in the MAC in the 400m run with his automatic-qualifying time of 48.06 from the Miami Invitational. Sophomore Adam Bodrick rounds out the top-five in the 400m run with his time of 48.67, also from the Miami Invitational. Senior Kevin Brown ranks third in the 800m run with an automatic-qualifying time of 1:51.80, while sophomore Joe Stewart ranks third in the 5000m with a time of 14:37.53, also an automatic qualifer. Junior Skyler Coburn sits in third in the 400m hurdles after winning the event at the Miami Invitational, while junior Ryan Moncrieff, sophomore Matthew Pelletier, and freshman Vince Moeglin hold the top three spots in the MAC for the 3000m steeplechase.
In field events, Stefanski leads the conference in the high jump with his automatic-qualifying mark from the Miami Invitational. Stein also now holds an automatic-qualifier, ranking third in the shot-put after the Miami Invitational. Yee then ranks second in the javelin, with an automatic-qualifying throw of 64.55m/211-9.
Following the All-Ohio Championship, the RedHawks will travel to Lexington, Ky. For the Bluegrass Classic April 18-19.