Feb. 2, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio - In her third year at the helm of Miami University women's track and field and cross country, head coach Kelly Phillips continued her mission of building the top program in the Mid-American Conference by signing four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. Kala Allen, Jessica Baker, Mary Davis and Lauren Schattinger became the newest RedHawks and will begin competing for Miami during the 2012-13 season.
Baker and Schattinger hail from Ohio, while Allen is from New York and Davis from Indiana. Allen and Schattinger are both sprinters while Davis is a distance runner and will also run cross country and Baker is a high jumper.
Allen, a native of East Amherst, N.Y., comes to Oxford after a successful high school career at Williamsville East High School. She holds six school records as well as two Western New York records in the 300m (39.57) and 400m (54.61). Allen claimed gold medals in the Empire State Games in 2008 and 2010 in the 400m as well as golds in the 4x400m and 4x100m relays in 2010 as well. She was the Western New York indoor 300m champion three times, 600m champion twice, the Western New York Outdoor 400m champion four times, and the 100m champion in 2011. Allen also competed in numerous national meets claiming sixth place in the 400m at the 2010 U.S. Track & Field Junior Championships and was a finalist in the 100m, 200m, and 400m at the 2010 Youth Outdoor National Championships. She also lettered once in both cross-country and soccer.
Baker, a high jumper from Aurora, Ohio, earned four letters at Aurora High School under coach John Kudley. She holds the school record in the high jump, clearing 5-8. At the 2010 Ohio State Championships, she tied for fifth while placing fourth in the high jump last year at state. She was named All-Ohio as a sophomore and junior and also garnered Academic All-Ohio honors.
Davis, a distance runner from Indianapolis, Ind., earned four letters in track and cross country at Bishop Chatard High School. As a Trojan, Davis broke the school record with a time of 5:00 in the 1600m. She was a state qualifier all four years in both track and cross country and was named to the Indiana All-Star team this past year. In cross country, Davis was named all-state in both her junior and senior seasons after a ninth-place finish and 16th-place finish, respectively. For track, Davis was on the state runner-up 4x800m relay team her freshman year and finished seventh in the 1600m her senior year. She was also named academic all-state.
Schattinger, a sprinter from Cortland, Ohio, comes to Oxford after a strong career at Lakeview High School. As a Bulldog, Schattinger earned four letters in track and captains her team this season. She is a three-time all-region, All-Ohio and Academic All-Ohio selection with her senior year still to go. She has posted marks of 12.02 in the 100m and 24.88 in the 200m.
Several of Miami's freshmen this year have contributed greatly during the indoor season, which resumes for the RedHawks Feb. 10-11 at the Akron Invitational.