OXFORD, Ohio – The RedHawk men will have one final chance to show what they are made of this weekend at the Billy Hayes Invitational before trekking to Athens, Ohio for the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships later this month.
The invitational, hosted by Indiana University at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex, opens with the women’s hammer throw at 11 a.m., followed by the long jump at 12 p.m. and the javelin at 12:45 p.m. Track action starts at 12:15 p.m. with the 100m hurdles prelims, with the 100m prelims to follow at 12:45 p.m. While field competition is scheduled to conclude at 5 p.m. with the men’s discus, the invitational will wrap up on the track at 6:40 p.m. with the men’s 4x400m relay.
In its final tune-up before the conference meet, the RedHawks will go up against a challenging field, including squads from Notre Dame, Michigan, Indiana State, Kentucky, and Cedarville, among others. This will also be Miami’s final opportunity to go head to head with MAC foes Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan before the conference championship.
At last year’s Billy Hayes Invitational, the Red and White recorded nine personal-bests and three field event victories. Among those included alum John Cantwell's win the long jump with a personal-best mark of 7.58m/24-10.50. Senior Rob Stein then collected a victory in the discus with a throw of 53.25m/174-8, while junior Tyler Yee conquered the javelin, clearing a distance of 57.30m/188-0 with his dominating throw. On the track, senior Jahquil Hargrove placed second in the 400m dash with a personal-best 47.23, while junior JaShawn Combs took fifth in the 110m hurdles prelims, also with a personal-best 14.36.
Last weekend, the Miami men hosted their second and final home meet of the year, posting a number of impressive performances. Redshirt senior Sam Spallinger led Miami during the meet, claiming runner-up honors with the second-best leap of his career. His mark of 7.41m/24-3.75 now ranks second in the MAC. Stein then won the shot put, firing a throw that cleared a distance of 17.49m/57-4.75, while junior Calen Settles leaped to victory in the triple jump with a mark of 13.12m/43-0.5. In track action, Hargrove won the 400m dash in 47.54, while freshman Vincent Minosky had an astounding finish in the 400m hurdles, clocking a victory time of 53.78.
With the MAC Championships right around the corner, seven RedHawk men rank at the top of the conference in their respective events. In track action, senior Dave Wing leads the MAC in the 10,000m with his time of 30:07.56 from the Penn Relays, while Hargrove ranks second in the 400m (46.96) and junior Skyler Coburn holds the second-best time in the 400m hurdles (52.15). In field events, sophomore Peter Stefanski ranks first in the high jump with a mark of 2.12m/6-11.5. Spallinger sits in second in the long jump with his leap from the RedHawk Invitational, while Yee ranks second in the javelin (64.55m/211-9) and Stein ranks third in the shot put (18.03m/59-2).
After completion of the Billy Hayes Invitational, the Red and White will travel to Athens, Ohio in search of a MAC title May 15-17.