OXFORD, Ohio – Under warming temperatures and mostly sunny skies, the Miami University women’s track and field team put on a show at the Miami Invitational, its first home meet of the year, cruising to first place Saturday at George Rider Track. Miami collected six event wins on day two of the meet, including four on the track and two field events.
The RedHawks totaled 245.5 points, more than second-place Dayton (125.5) and third-place Eastern Illinois (100) combined. Mid-American Conference foe Ball State was fourth with 59 points while Findlay rounded out the top five with 55.5 points.
Miami swept the relays for 20 points, winning the 4x100m relay as seniors Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Diona Graves (Fenton, Mo.), freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.) and junior Erica Mudd (Cincinnati, Ohio) combined to clock 46.13, which is the sixth-fastest time in school history, as they won by over a second. Miami also claimed the 4x400m relay as senior Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio) ran down Findlay’s anchor on the final leg as the team with three freshmen (Kathie Wollney, Aryelle Player, Sarah Rosenblum) clocked 3:55.18.
Allen led a trio of RedHawks in the 400m dash, as well, as the freshman won the race in 55.64 while Scannell was right behind in second in a personal-best 55.73. Sophomore Charlotte Myers (Bexley, Ohio) crossed in fourth in 56.99 as Miami totaled 23 points in the event.
Wollney (Cary, Ill.) earned runner-up in the 400m hurdles in 1:04.17 while Graves placed second in the 200m dash in 24.94, though she was the top collegiate finisher behind unattached Madison McNary (24.83). Baggett also captured runner-up in the 100m hurdles in a season-best 13.50, which is the eighth-best time in school history, while she was also the top collegiate finisher as the winner was unattached in a meet-record 13.39. Junior Xerina Hughey (Galloway, Ohio) took sixth in the 100m hurdles in 14.83.
In the 3000m steeplechase, junior Erica Howes (Fairfax, Va.) won in a personal-best 10:54.82, while she ranks seventh in school history. Sophomore Alex Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.) was right behind in second in 11:06.54.
Miami claimed the top two spots in the discus, as well, to combine for another 18 points. Sophomore Adaora Anunike (Galena, Ohio) earned her first career win in the discus with a personal-best heave of 45.86m/150-5, which ranks her sixth in school history. Redshirt senior Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) was the runner-up with a toss of 45.15m/148-1, which is also a personal best and ranks her ninth all-time at Miami.
Four RedHawks finished in the top six in the shot put to combine for 22 points, again led by Anunike, who garnered runner-up with a personal-best heave of 14.12m/46-4, which ranks her sixth in school history in the shot put, as well. Gable, who already ranks third at Miami, was third with a throw of 14.10m/46-3.25 while freshman Amelia Strickler (Bay Village, Ohio) claimed fourth with a personal-best toss of 13.92m/45-8, which ranks her ninth in school history.
Junior Tori Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) was victorious in the javelin with a season-best heave of 47.41m/155-6, which is the ninth-best throw in school history (all owned by Paterra), while redshirt junior Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) took third with a toss of 32.21m/105-8, also a season best.
In addition to her relay win, Mudd finished second in the long jump with a mark of 5.62m/18-5.25, while she was also the top collegiate finisher as Leah Eber won unattached (6.29m/20-7.75). Sophomore Jasmine Watts (Carmel, Ind.) took fourth with a leap of 5.54m/18-2.25.
In the pole vault, junior Kori Tatman (Amanda, Ohio) placed third, clearing 3.56m/11-8 while sophomore Taylor Brown (Hilliard, Ohio) tied for fourth topping 3.41m/11-2.25. Freshman Jess Baker (Aurora, Ohio) finished fifth in the high jump with a height 1.58m/5-2.25 while Mudd was eighth with the same height, but in more attempts.
In the 800m run, Miami finished in spots three through five, led by sophomore Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) in a time of 2:14.45, followed by junior Erin Riley (Avon Lake, Ohio) in a personal-best 2:15.03 and freshman Megan Beaver (Brecksville, Ohio) in 2:15.22 as the trio totaled 19 points. Sophomore Laura Bess (Brownsburg, Ind.) placed fourth in the 1500m run with a time of 4:34.24.
The RedHawks will host the RedHawk Invitational Saturday, April 27, as well. Miami returns to action next weekend when the RedHawks travel east to Athens, Ohio for the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Ohio University, April 12-13.