OXFORD, Ohio – The senior men of the Miami University men’s track and field team soared at the 2014 RedHawk Invitational Saturday at George Rider Track, garnering a number of stellar performances in their final home meet of their collegiate careers.
Redshirt senior Sam Spallinger had the second-best jump of his career on his first attempt in the long jump Saturday afternoon, clearing a personal-best distance of 7.41m/24-3.75. He placed second behind an unattached competitor, but his mark now ranks first in the Mid-American Conference.
Another senior found success on the field to close out his last home invitational. Rob Stein had a strong victory in the shot put with a mark of 17.49m/57-4.75, then garnered fifth-place finishes in the hammer (53.79m/176-6) and discus (40.85m/134-0) throws. Junior Calen Settles also tabbed a field victory, winning the triple jump (13.12m/43-0.5), then taking fifth in the long jump with a mark of 6.86m/22-6.25.
On the track, senior Jahquil Hargrove won the 400m, clocking a sprint of 47.54, followed by teammate Adam Bodrick who placed second with a personal-best 48.37. It was then a battle for fourth between two RedHawks, with senior Robert Balzano barely crossing ahead of sophomore Joey Comisford in 49.29. Comisford then finished fifth in 49.30. Hargrove and Bodrick also finished among the top three in the 200m, as Hargrove nabbed the victory in the sprint in 21.48, followed by Bodrick in third (21.74).
Miami then clocked five of the best eight times in the 1500m. Senior Wade Coffin had the best finish for the RedHawks, taking second in a career-high 3:53.57. Freshman Andrew Dusing then finished third, also in a personal-best 3:53.90, followed by senior Kevin Brown in fourth (3:54.78). Freshman Stephen Biebelhausen clocked the sixth-fastest time with a personal-best 3:57.75, and sophomore Ed Wigton rounded out the scoring eight in 3:59.46, one second faster than his previous career-high.
The Red and White had further success on the track when freshman Vincent Minosky cruised to victory in the 400m hurdles, winning the race in a personal-best 53.78. Two Miami men then finished among the top eight in the 5000m, with sophomore Patrick Santino finishing fifth (15:41.06) and senior Daniel Garleb placing one spot behind in sixth (15:45.35).
Two RedHawks also clocked two of the five fastest times in the 110m hurdles, including junior JaShawn Combs who took third (14.63) and Sam Chester who placed fourth (14.80). Sophomore Matthew Pelletier was the only runner to represent Miami in the 3000m steeplechase, rounding out the top three in 9:55.25.
The RedHawks concluded track action by taking the top two spots in the 4x400m relay. Chester, Comisford, Dusing, and Coffin joined forces to win the relay with a combined time of 3:22.04, while Minosky, Bodrick, Biebelhausen, and junior Jacob Willey clocked a combined time of 3:23.53 to take second.
Other impressive finishes from the day include freshman Andrew Vollet’s second-place finish in the discus (46.92m/153-11), and freshman Zubin Coleman’s exceptional finish in the hammer throw, placing eighth after clearing a distance of 47.80m/156-10.
Wrapping up the day on the field, sophomore Jake Hensh finished sixth in the pole vault with a mark of 4.46m/14-7.50, while senior Taylor Celestin placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 50.57m/165-11.
With the conclusion of the RedHawk Invitational, men’s track and field has one final tune-up at the Billy Hayes Invitational Friday, May 2 before trekking to Athens, Ohio for the 2014 MAC Championships May 15-17.