AKRON, Ohio – Senior Jarrod Eick captured the 1500m title while four RedHawks earned runner-up Saturday on the third and final day of the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships to lead the Miami University men’s track and field team to a fourth-place finish. The meet was hosted by the University of Akron at Lee R. Jackson Track & Field Complex.
The RedHawks totaled 125 points over the three days, including 77 on Saturday, to tally their most points since 2008 (129.5), while the fourth-place finish also matched Miami’s best finish at the MAC meet since 2008. Host Akron won its third straight outdoor MAC title, compiling 195 points, while Kent State took second with 183. Eastern Michigan was third with 142.5 points, while Buffalo (97.5) and Central Michigan (67) rounded out the field behind Miami.
Eick (Hartville, Ohio) won the 1500m run in 3:51.66 to collect 10 points, pulling away from EMU’s Grzegorz Kalinowski in the home stretch. Eick becomes the first RedHawk to claim the 1500m MAC title since Pat Sovacool in 2008 and just the second Miamian to win it in over 45 years. Eick was also seventh in the 5000m final, despite running it just two hours after his 1500m win, as he posted a time of 14:57.22.
Senior Jack Spilman (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) led a trio of RedHawks in the 800m run final, as he earned runner-up in a personal-best 1:50.35, which ranks him fifth in school history. He nearly won the race, closing hard, but couldn’t quite catch Kent State’s Jacob Swords at the line. Juniors Kevin Brown (Lewis Center, Ohio) and Wade Coffin (Willoughby, Ohio) came in fifth and sixth, respectively, in 1:51.38 and 1:52.47, with the 1:51.38 a personal best for Brown that ranks him ninth in school history. The trio combined to earn 15 points for Miami, led by Spilman’s eight.
Freshman Peter Stefanski (Aurora, Ill.) earned second in the high jump to pick up eight points, as he cleared 2.07m/6-9.5 on his first attempt. He nearly topped 2.11/6-11, which was the winning height, on his first attempt but his foot clipped the bar. Junior Matt Gambill (Dover, N.H.) tied for seventh, clearing 1.98/6-6 for another 1.5 points.
Another runner-up finish was put in by senior John Cantwell (Holland, Pa.), who also placed second in the long jump Friday, as he recorded a personal-best triple jump of 14.60m/47-11 to nab eight more points. He posted the mark on his last attempt of the finals, which moved him up from fourth.
Miami totaled nine points in the 400m dash final, led by junior Jahquil Hargrove (Norristown, Pa.), who won the event last year, as he finished second in 47.56. Classmate Robert Balzano (Poland, Ohio) was eighth in the 400m in 48.74. Hargrove also took eighth in the 200m dash final for another point, clocking 22.54.
Along with Eick’s seventh-place finish in the 5K, redshirt senior Steve Kiplagat (Iten, Kenya) paced Miami by grabbing third in a personal-best 14:41.98, as he was just two ticks behind the race winner. Junior Daniel Garleb (Pickerington, Ohio) was eighth, just behind Eick, in 14:57.24, as the three ‘Hawks combined for nine points in the event.
Miami placed fourth in the 4x400m relay for five points, as sophomore Skyler Coburn (La Porte, Ind.), Balzano, freshman Adam Bodrick (Columbus, Ohio) and Hargrove combined to record a season-best 3:12.63. The RedHawks took fifth in the 4x100m relay as Bodrick, junior Sam Spallinger (Pandora, Ohio), Combs and Hargrove combined to clock 41.50 for four points.
Senior Sam Wildeman (Naperville, Ill.) wrapped up his Miami career by tying for seventh in the pole vault, clearing 4.75m/15-7 to garner 1.5 points. Freshman Paul Golen (Elmhurst, Ill.) also took seventh, doing so in the discus with a heave of 46.19m/151-6, which he recorded on his first attempt of the day. He was the lone RedHawk of three in the event to advance to the discus final, as he earned two points for Miami.
Eick received First-Team All-MAC honors for winning the 1500m, while Spallinger also collected First-Team All-MAC honors for winning the long jump on Friday. Eick had previously earned Second-Team All-MAC for taking second in the 1500m as a sophomore. Cantwell (long jump and triple jump), Hargrove (400m), Spilman (800m) and Stefanski (high jump) all garnered Second-Team All-MAC accolades for their runner-up finishes.
The MAC Championships conclude the team portion of Miami’s schedule, however multiple RedHawks have qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, held in Greensboro, N.C. May 23-25. The official field for the NCAA East Prelims will be announced Thursday, May 16. Check back with MURedHawks.com to see which RedHawks made the field.