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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tori Paterra has been used to long outdoor seasons in her time with the Miami University women’s track and field team.

Paterra clinched her fourth-straight appearance in next month’s NCAA Outdoor Championships when she finished third in the javelin at the NCAA East Region Preliminary on Thursday. The senior’s second throw of the evening traveled 173-8, putting her comfortably in the field of 24 for the national meet in Eugene.

In addition to Paterra, three more RedHawks were in action at the meet on Thursday. After a long lightning delay, Laura Bess got Miami’s day started in the 1500m when she turned in a career-best time of 4:23.28, which was good for 25th overall and seventh in her heat. That time was faster than two runners who qualified for the 1500m semifinals, but only the top five of the four heats and the next four overall times advanced.

Charlotte Myers pushed herself to Friday’s 800m semifinals with a career-best time of 2:05.84, which put her fifth in her heat and 14th overall. That time ranks second all-time at Miami. Friday’s race is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.

Anna Lamb concluded the track competition for the night when she took part in the 10,000m. The junior crossed the line in 35:18.23, which was good for 23rd.

In addition to Myers running in the 800m semifinals, the RedHawks have two more competitors remaining in the meet. Adaora Anunike throws the discus on Friday at 3:30 p.m. while Amelia Strickler throws the shot put on Saturday at 4 p.m.