OXFORD, Ohio – For the first time during outdoor season, the Miami University women’s track and field team will split up with the majority of the team participating in the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Ohio University in Athens, while the RedHawks’ top sprinters and hurdlers will head to Knoxville, Tenn. for the Sea Ray Relays. Both meets run Friday and Saturday.
Action at Ohio’s Goldsberry Track for the All-Ohio Championships begins Friday at 2 p.m. with the long jump and hammer throw. The javelin is the only other field event Friday at 5 p.m. while the 3000m steeplechase, which features a trio of RedHawks, at 5:45 p.m. is the only track event in which Miami is entered, as no RedHawks will run the 10K at 6:15 p.m. The meet resumes Saturday at noon with the shot put and triple jump while the 4x100m relay at 12:10 p.m. is the first track event. The meet then concludes at 4:40 p.m. with the 4x400m relay.
At the University of Tennessee’s Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium, home of the Sea Ray Relays, the first event in which a RedHawk will compete is the 100m hurdles at 1 p.m., which features senior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Miami’s final race Friday is the 200m dash at 4:10 p.m., which will see redshirt senior Diona Graves (Fenton, Mo.) run. Graves will also compete in the 100m dash at 1:40 p.m. on Friday while other RedHawks will run in the 400m dash at 2:30 p.m. and the 400m hurdles at 3:20 p.m. On Saturday, Miami will run in the 4x100m relay showcase at 1:40 p.m., which will include Baggett and Graves on the relay team, while the only other race the RedHawks are entered in on Saturday is the 4x400m relay at 4:20 p.m.
At the All-Ohio Championships, Miami will face several familiar foes, including Mid-American Conference members Akron, Kent State and the host Bobcats, while local rivals Cincinnati, Dayton and Wright State will also be in attendance. Ohio State will be competing at the meet, as well, on the women’s side, as will several Division II, III and NAIA schools, such as D-II power Ashland.
At the Sea Ray Relays, Miami will also see several MAC foes, running against Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. Other teams the RedHawks will compete against include Big Ten foes Purdue and Wisconsin, UConn, East Carolina, Middle Tennessee State, Indiana State, Milwaukee, Eastern Kentucky and the host Volunteers, among many others.
Last weekend, the RedHawks dominated their first home meet of the season, cruising to a win at the Miami Invitational with 245.5 points, nearly doubling up runner-up Dayton (125.5 points), while Eastern Illinois was third (100 points). Miami swept both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays with Baggett and Graves both running on the 4x100m relay team. Freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.), who was also on the winning 4x100m relay team and will be on both relay teams this Saturday, won the 400m dash at the Miami Invite with senior Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio), who anchored the 4x400m relay team last week and will run it again Saturday, right behind in second.
Baggett was the top collegiate finisher in the 100m hurdles at the Miami Invitational, taking second overall, as she earned MAC Track Athlete of the Week for her efforts. Junior Erica Howes (Fairfax, Va.) won the 3000m steeplechase, which she will run again at the All-Ohio Championships. Sophomore Anna Lamb (Granville, Ohio) was also strong on the track, running away with first place in the 10,000m run, her first time running the race. Sophomore Adaora Anunike (Galena, Ohio) posted personal bests in all three throws events and earned her first win in the discus, while junior Tori Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) won the javelin for the second time in as many meets this year.
With five weeks left until the MAC Championships, several RedHawks rank near the top of the league in their respective events. Graves boasts the top 100m dash time of 11.68 seconds, as she tied her own school record two weeks ago at Cincinnati, while Baggett carries the top 100m hurdles time of 13.50, which she clocked on her home track last Saturday. Allen and Scannell sit 2-3 in the 400m dash with times of 55.63 and 55.73, the latter of which was also clocked last weekend. Freshman Laura Bess (Brownsburg, Ind.) ranks second in the 1500m with a time of 4:33.33, though she will run the 800m at the All-Ohio meet, while Lamb ranks third in both the 5K (16:51.18) and 10K (35:05.76), as she ranks in Miami’s all-time top four in both events, as well. Howes sits third in the steeplechase (10:54.82) after last weekend while both of Miami’s relay teams rank second in the MAC.
In field action, Paterra owns the top javelin throw in the MAC with her heave of 47.41m/155-6 from last Saturday while redshirt junior Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) is second in the heptathlon with a score of 4,819 points. Zaper will compete in the long jump, high jump and 100m hurdles at the All-Ohio Championships this weekend.
At last year’s All-Ohio Championships, which were hosted by Miami, the RedHawks earned second behind Cincinnati. Zaper won the heptathlon, though she will not compete in it this year, while Graves captured first in the 100m dash. Sophomore Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) and senior Monica Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio) went 1-2 in the 1500m run, as well, and will look to do so again this year. Graves also helped Miami set the 4x400m relay school record at the event last year. Miami has not competed at the Sea Ray Relays under head coach Kelly Phillips.
Team scoring will be kept at the All-Ohio Championships, but not at the Sea Ray Relays. Live results for both meets are available on MURedHawks.com while live video of the Sea Ray Relays can be found here for Friday and here for Saturday.
Following the meets this weekend, Miami is scheduled to compete at the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus April 19-20, hosted by Ohio State, while select runners will travel to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.