LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Miami University men’s track and field team had a strong showing at the University of Kentucky’s Kentucky Relays Saturday, wrapping up the meet with five top-five finishes.
Junior Skyler Coburn had Miami’s most impressive track finish of the day, setting a new career-high and earning a spot on Miami’s all-time top-10 list in the 400m hurdles, after finishing fourth in 52.15. Freshman Tyler Gittens and Vincent Minosky followed their teammate in the hurdles, placing 11th and 12th, with Gittens clocking a time of 54.51, followed by Minosky in 54.54.
Senior Jahquil Hargrove also had a powerful finish in his respective event, taking second in the 400m dash. Hargrove clocked a time of 47.05, finishing behind Illinois’ Stephon Pamilton, who won the race in 46.53. Two other RedHawks placed within the top-15 in the race, including senior Robert Balzano who rounded out the top-10 (48.95) and sophomore Adam Bodrick who finished 11th (49.03).
Miami’s final top finish of the day was in the 4x400m relay, when Bodrick, Balzano, Hargrove, and Coburn gave the relay team from Purdue a run for its money. Holding a competitive pace throughout the relay, the Red and White finished just behind Purdue in second with a time of 3:11.84, while the Biolermakers clinched the win in 3:11.16.
The RedHawks also saw impressive finishes from junior Sam Chester who finished ninth in the 110m hurdles (14.93), and senior Daniel Garleb who rounded out the top 10 in the 5000m (14:58.89). Three RedHawks went 10-11-12 in the 800m, including senior Wade Coffin (1:52.30), freshman Andrew Dusing in a personal-best (1:52.43), and senior Kevin Brown (1:52.43).
In further track action, sophomore Zack McBride finished seventh in the 3000m steeplechase, clocking a time of 9:40.26. Freshman Stephen Biebelhausen was one of five RedHawks to compete in the 1500m, finishing with a clocked time of 4:16.72. Sophomore Ed Wigton (25th, 4:24.58), freshman John Sotos (33rd; 4:28.78), junior Ryan Moncrieff (34th; 4:31.13), and sophomore Matthew Dietrich (35th; 4:32.94) also represented Miami in the event.
In field events, senior Rob Stein placed eighth in the shot put, after earning a mark of 54-1.75 on his third attempt. Freshman Andrew Vollet also had an exceptional toss in the discus, placing 19th with a throw of 138-5.
With the conclusion of the Kentucky Relays, the Miami men return home Saturday, April 26 to host the RedHawk Invitational.