KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Records continued to fall Saturday at the Sea Ray Relays, as the Miami University women’s track and field team broke the 4x400m relay school record at the University of Tennessee-hosted meet, while the rest of the RedHawks placed seventh at the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Ohio University, despite being short-handed.
After seeing three school records fall and another tied Friday, the 4x400m relay team of seniors Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio), Diona Graves (Fenton, Mo.) and Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.), and freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.) combined to continue the trend, setting a new program standard with a time of 3:39.82. In doing so, the RedHawks took first place in the race, as well, finishing 0.03 seconds ahead of UConn, while Purdue was third, the host Volunteers were fourth and Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan was fifth. The quartet topped the previous record of 3:40.90, set last year, by over a second.
Graves, who ran on the previous relay record-holding team, broke both the 100m and 200m dash school records yesterday (Friday) while Baggett tied the 100m hurdles mark. Baggett, Graves, Allen and junior Erica Mudd (Cincinnati, Ohio) opened the day at Tom Black Track by placing sixth in the 4x100m relay showcase race, clocking 46.46.
ATHENS, Ohio – After scoring 34 points on day one of the All-Ohio Championships, the RedHawks finished seventh out of 13 teams (that scored), despite missing its top sprinters and hurdlers, as Miami totaled 56 points. Ohio State won the meet with 212 points, while MAC foe Kent State was second with 148 and Akron third with 99. Local rival Cincinnati was fourth (96.5), Ashland fifth (69) and the host Bobcats (67.5) sixth.
Redshirt junior Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) crossed in fourth in the 100m hurdles to earn five points in a season-best 14.34, while a pair of Ohio State runners went 1-2. Junior Xerina Hughey (Galloway, Ohio) was 10th in the 100m hurdles in a season-best 14.74, while she placed 12th in a personal-best 25.85 in the 200m dash. Zaper, meanwhile, collected three more points by finishing sixth in the high jump, clearing 1.63m/5-4.25.
Freshman Brenna Poulsen (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned fourth in the 5000m run in a season-best 17:43.38 to collect five more points.
Freshman Laura Bess (Brownsburg, Ind.) finished fifth in the 800m run in 2:12.18 while sophomore Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) was seventh in a personal-best 2:12.59, which cracks Miami’s all-time top-10 list. The two combined for six points in the event. In the 1500m, sophomore Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) was ninth and senior Monica Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio) was 10th in 4:45.39 and 4:46.25, respectively.
In the throws, sophomore Adaora Anunike (Galena, Ohio) and redshirt senior Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) grabbed three points by claiming seventh and eighth, respectively, in the discus. Anunike had a heave of 45.58m/149-6 while Gable reached a mark of 44.06m/144-6. Gable also took ninth in the shot put with a push of 13.52m/44-4.25.
For a recap of day one action at the Sea Ray Relays and the All-Ohio Championships, click here.
Miami is scheduled to return to action next weekend at the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus April 19-20, hosted by Ohio State, while select runners will travel to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. The schedule is subject to change, however.