NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Miami University men’s track and field team opened its 2013 outdoor season by winning two events on day two of the Black and Gold Invitational Saturday, held at Vanderbilt University’s track and field complex.

Freshman Peter Stefanski (Aurora, Ill.), competing unattached, won the high jump with a clearance of 2.09m/6-10.25, matching his personal best. Junior Rob Stein (Villa Park, Ill.) won the discus with a heave of 50.52m/165-9, topping a pair of Southern Illinois throwers by over three feet. Senior Lucas Ferguson (Mount Vernon, Ohio) placed seventh in the discus with a toss of 45.83m/150-4, while in the javelin, sophomore Tyler Yee (Florida, N.Y.) returned from an injury last year to take 10th with a throw of 56.71m/186-1.

Senior John Cantwell (Holland, Pa.), who was the runner-up in the triple jump Friday, finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 7.20m/23-7.5, smashing his personal best. Junior Sam Spallinger (Pandora, Ohio) was eighth in the long jump with a mark of 6.89m/22-7.25.

Three RedHawks placed in the top five in the 800m run, led by seniors Jack Spilman (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Jarrod Eick (Hartville, Ohio), who took second and third, respectively, in 1:51.02 and 1:51.89. Spilman’s time is a personal best and ranks him eighth in school history. Junior Wade Coffin (Willoughby, Ohio) claimed fifth in a season-best 1:52.65.

Junior Jahquil Hargrove (Norristown, Pa.) finished third in the 400m dash in a season-best 48.22 while sophomore JaShawn Combs (Dayton, Ohio) also captured third in the 110m hurdles in 14.59. In the 400m hurdles, sophomore Skyler Coburn (La Porte, Ind.) took ninth in 55.04.

In the 3000m run, two RedHawks crossed in the top six as freshman Joe Stewart (Naperville, Ill.) placed fifth in 8:32.08 in his first collegiate race while senior Matt Marol (Evanston, Ill.) was right behind in sixth in a personal-best 8:33.15. Sophomore Ryan Moncrieff (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) placed ninth in the 2000m steeplechase in 6:06.55.

Miami earned runner-up in the 4x100m relay as freshman Jason Bailey (Springboro, Ohio), Combs, Spallinger and Hargrove combined to clock 42.08, finishing just behind SIU. The RedHawks took ninth in the 4x400m relay in 3:21.29, led by Hargrove and Coburn.

The RedHawks competed against several regional teams at the meet, including Ohio State, DePaul, Louisville, Bradley, Southern Illinois, Loyola (Ill.) and Western Kentucky, as well as several schools in Tennessee, including Memphis, Belmont, Middle Tennessee State and Lipscomb, along with the host Commodores, who only competed in distance events as Vanderbilt does not sponsor men’s track.

For a recap of Friday’s action at the Black and Gold Invitational, including the 1500m and 3000m invitational runs, as well as other field events, click here.

Miami stays closer to home next weekend, as the RedHawks take part in the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, hosted by the University of Cincinnati, Friday and Saturday, March 29-30, just an hour down the road from Oxford. 

--MURedHawks.com--