Sept. 16, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Running a 6K race for the first time in 2011, the Miami University women’s cross country team put on a strong showing by placing three runners in the top 20 Friday afternoon at the Spartan Invitational, hosted by Michigan State at Forest Akers East Golf Course.
The RedHawks faced their toughest competition and largest field of the year, running against the host and 28th-ranked Spartans, as well as Mid-American Conference foes Central Michigan, Kent State and Western Michigan. Also in attendance was defending Division II national champion Grand Valley State along were several other Division II schools, club teams and community colleges. In all, 231 runners competed in the race. No team scoring was kept, however.
Senior Maggie Bingham (Carmel, Ind.) led the way for Miami, finishing 13th in a personal-best 6K time of 21:16, knocking nearly a minute off her time from last year’s 21st-place showing at the race. Fellow senior Kelley Miller (Dublin, Ohio) was right behind in 14th place in 21:20, also a personal best, which ranks her sixth in school history (Bingham already ranked fifth). Miller also shaved nearly a minute off her time from last year’s meet when she placed 27th. Both were running on just six days rest after Miller took first and Bingham second at last Saturday’s Miami Open.
Freshman Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) was the third RedHawk to cross, coming in 20th in 21:30 in her first collegiate 6K race, which ranks her 10th all-time at Miami. Classmate Alex Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.) placed 35th in 22:03 while sophomore Kate Carter (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was not far behind, finishing 40th in 22:08. Redshirt junior Jillian Dickman (Madison, Ohio) was the sixth ‘Hawk to finish, placing 44th in 22:12 while freshman Mattie Moncayo (Lexington, Ohio) took 53rd in 22:24. Carter and Dickman were also running on six days rest.
Former RedHawk Rachel Patterson (’11) won the race in 20:16 while running unattached while MSU’s Carlie Green was second in 20:33.
The RedHawks now have two weeks off before looking to defend their title at the All-Ohio Championship on Friday, Sept. 30 in Cedarville, Ohio.