Nov. 12, 2011
TOLEDO, Ohio - After a disappointing outing in its last meet, the Miami University women's cross country team gave it everything they had en route to an 11th-place finish Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, hosted by the University of Toledo at Ottawa Park. The 6K race served as the season finale for the RedHawks.
Miami totaled 374 points, finishing just ahead of rival Ohio, who was 12th in the 31-team field with 376 points. No. 15 Michigan won the race with 45 points while No. 12 Michigan State was second with 77, as both earned automatic berths to the NCAA Championship. Michigan's Danielle Tauro won the individual title in 20:27.9.
The `Hawks were the third Mid-American Conference team to place as the host Rockets took third with 84 points while Central Michigan finished eighth with 226 points. In addition to Ohio, Miami finished ahead of Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Akron, Ball State, Kent State and Bowling Green from the MAC as well as Purdue from the Big Ten and Marquette and Cincinnati from the Big East.
Senior Maggie Bingham (Carmel, Ind.) led the `Hawks for the fourth time this year, placing 37th in 21:32.1 in her final race. Freshman Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) was Miami's second scorer, finishing in 70th in 22:06.5 while redshirt junior Jillian Dickman(Madison, Ohio) closed out her cross country career in 82nd place in 22:18.6, as she will graduate in May.
Sophomore Kate Carter (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was the fourth scorer for the RedHawks, clocking 22:25.4 while redshirt sophomore Monica Fischer(Cincinnati, Ohio) rounded out Miami's scoring five, crossing in 96th in 22:28.5 in her first regional championship race.
"They went out hard and looked good but ran out of gas," head coach Kelly Phillipssaid. "We're very young but they gave it their all. We just need to keep working, get better and mature some."
Senior Kelley Miller (Dublin, Ohio) was the sixth Miami finisher, taking 115th in 22:49.8 in her last cross country race for the Red and White while freshman Alex Chitwood(Carmel, Ind.) was 119th in 22:53.0.
With Miami not qualifying for the NCAA Championship, the RedHawks now turn their attention to indoor track and field season, which begins Dec. 2-3 at the Oiler Opener in Findlay, Ohio.--MURedHawks.com--