Sept. 10, 2011

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OXFORD, Ohio - RedHawk runners claimed four of the top five spots to lead the Miami University women’s cross country team to a win at its own Miami Open Saturday morning on Miami’s Western Campus course. The meet was Miami’s only home race of the season.

The RedHawks totaled 19 points, placing first, second, third, fifth and eighth, to win the team title. Mid-American Conference foe Ball State took second with 49 points while Wheeling Jesuit finished third with 65 points. Rio Grande also had two runners compete at the meet.

Senior Kelley Miller (Dublin, Ohio) won the race in 18:11 to earn her first individual cross country title. Fellow senior Maggie Bingham (Carmel, Ind.) was the runner-up, crossing in 18:20, while sophomore Kate Carter (Ann Arbor, Mich.) took third in 18:48. It was the season debut for all three runners and also marked career-best finishes for each.

“The girls were very solid. They looked really good,” head coach Kelly Phillips said. “We had a really hard week of practice so they were definitely very tired going into the race but it was good because even being tired and flat, they raced hard and that was the goal since you’re not going to feel great every race.”

Redshirt junior Jillian Dickman (Madison, Ohio) was Miami’s fourth finisher, placing fifth in 19:02, while redshirt sophomore Monica Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio) was the RedHawks’ fifth scorer, crossing the line in eighth place in 19:14, which is a personal-best time. It was Dickman’s season debut as well while both runners posted personal-best finishes.

Miami has just six days off before running again as the RedHawks head to the Spartan Invitational, hosted by Michigan State, on Friday, Sept. 16 with the race beginning at 1:35 p.m.

--MURedHawks.com--