Sept. 30, 2011
Open Division Results
CEDARVILLE, Ohio - For the second straight year, the Miami University women's cross country team won the All-Ohio Championship, as all five scoring RedHawks finished in the top 14 Friday afternoon at Cedarville University's King Cross Country Course.
Miami totaled just 36 points, seven fewer than last year's winning team, to capture the 5K race, despite a muddy course and cold, windy, rainy conditions. The RedHawks beat out runner-up Dayton, who had 46 points, and Mid-American Conference rival Ohio, who was third with 70 points. A total of 47 teams ran in the meet, including 10 Division I schools. Among the other D-I schools Miami topped were MAC foes Akron, Kent State and Bowling Green, as well as local rivals Xavier, Cincinnati and Wright State.
Senior Maggie Bingham (Carmel, Ind.) led the way for the second straight race, clocking 17:58.11 to earn runner-up honors behind Ohio's Juli Accurso, who crossed in first in 17:55.38. Bingham's second-place showing tied a career-best finish. Freshman Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) was the second RedHawk to finish, taking fifth place in a season-best 18:10.34.
Redshirt junior Jillian Dickman (Madison, Ohio) crossed in seventh place in a career-best 18:12.52 while senior Kelley Miller (Dublin, Ohio) was right behind in eighth in 18:13.24. Rounding out Miami's scoring five was freshman Mattie Moncayo (Lexington, Ohio), who placed 14th in a season-best 18:31.67. The RedHawks' sixth and seventh finishers were sophomore Kate Carter (Ann Arbor, Mich.) in 16th place and freshman Alex Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.) in 24th.
In the open race, which followed the scored race, Miami placed three runners in the top four. Freshman Anna Lamb (Granville, Ohio) took second in the open division in 19:04.07 while redshirt sophomore Monica Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio) was third and freshman Elisa Frazier (Williamsville, N.Y.) finished fourth.
"In both races, the girls ran really well. They ran in these little clusters. Jess, Kelley, Jillian and Kate ran together for much of the race," head coach Kelly Phillips said. "It was good all-around. They did a really nice job given the conditions."
Following the race, Carter was named Ohio Cross Country Freshman of the Year for 2010 (last season), after finishing 10th at last year's All-Ohio race, which was tops among then-freshmen. The honor is given a year later after the entire previous season has finished.
Miami now has a week off before heading to the Penn State National Meet in University Park, Pa. on Friday, Oct. 14.