CINCINNATI – The Miami University men’s track and field team used strong performances by its distance runners and throwing groups to finish day one of the All-Ohio Championships in third place on Friday night.
Miami put up 30 points on day one of the two-day competition, trailing only Akron (57 points) and host Cincinnati (43).
The RedHawks finished their evening in the 10,000m with Matt Stewart battling Ohio’s Chase Robinson for the lead throughout. Stewart ended up placing second in the race, netting MU eight points after crossing the line in 31:17.74, less than four seconds behind Robinson. Freshman Stephen Biebelhausen added five more points by taking fourth with a time of 32:28.01 in the first outdoor 10,000m of his collegiate career.
Miami also got points from both Ryan Moncrieff (sixth; 9:32.29) and Zack McBride (seventh; 9:32.55) as the duo went neck and neck in the 3000m steeplechase to give the RedHawks five combined points in the team standings.
Over on the field side of things, Sam Spallinger took fourth in the long jump by landing his second leap 23-0 1/2 from the mark. Calen Settles also scored in the event by clearing 21-8 1/4, which was good for seventh.
One of the more impressive performances of the day came from Rob Stein in the hammer throw. The senior launched his fifth throw 180-8 to move him up to fourth in the final standings.
“Rob posted a nice mark in the hammer throw considering he wasn’t 100 percent today,” Miami head coach Warren Mandrell said. “That was a positive result for him. The 10,000m was a nice race and it netted us a lot of points. Matt Stewart was vying for the lead and Biebelhausen ran a nice race as well. Zack McBride had a solid PR in the steeplechase and Moncrieff did a nice job sticking around his time from last week.”
The RedHawks finish up their stint at the meet on Saturday, with competition starting at 9 a.m.