BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Despite a disappointing team finish at the 2013 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championships hosted by Bowling Green State University, senior Dave Wing represented the RedHawks well, finishing second overall on the 8K Forrest Creason Golf Course.
Wing has led the Red and White in all five of its regular-season meets this season, and today’s conference meet was no different. Staying at the front of the pack the entire way, Wing went head-to-head with Buffalo’s Zachary Ahart, who won the individual title in 24:47.60. Wing then took the runner-up spot eight seconds later in 24:54.61.
“One of the things is, Dave Wing has a legitimate shot (at making the NCAA Championship),” head coach Warren Mandrell said. “You know, his results from the three national meets and then here at the MAC Championship, he is a legitimate national meet competitor.”
Beyond Wing, however, the team had its most disappointing meet of the season, finishing sixth out of a nine-team field with 136 points. Eastern Michigan won the 2013 MAC title with 42 points, followed by Akron, who took second with 67 points, and Central Michigan who finished third with 104 points. Miami had defeated both Eastern Michigan and Akron at the Pre-Nationals Invitational October 19.
“It honestly was just a great disappointment because two weeks ago we beat everyone in the MAC except Eastern, and we weren’t far off from them,” Mandrell said. “At least as of a week ago, we thought we had a chance of making a run at it.”
Sophomore Joe Stewart, who had not run in a single meet this season due to injury and illness, ran an impressive race, finishing second for the RedHawks and 21st overall in 25:50.87. Junior Daniel Garleb was then the team’s third scorer, finishing 26th overall in 25:59.36.
Sophomore Matt Stewart finished as Miami’s fourth scorer, placing 39th overall in 26:18.79, followed by senior Matt Marol, who has been recently suffering from a knee injury. Marol finished 49th overall in 26:27.07.
Freshman Kent Ford and sophomore Zackary McBride did not score for the RedHawks, but placed as the team’s sixth and seventh finishers. Ford took 50th overall in 26:27.23, while McBride finished two spots behind in 52nd with a time of 26:36.48.
The RedHawks will be back in action Friday, Nov. 15 when they travel to Madison, Wis. for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship. Miami will attempt to earn a spot for the NCAA Championship at the end of November.