FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Miami University women’s track and field team had a strong start to its 2013-2014 season at the IPFW Mastodon Opener, hosted at the IPFW Athletics Center Saturday. The RedHawks won two running events and one field event in their indoor season debut.
Miami faced a small, but competitive field in the meet, contending against athletes from IPFW, Butler, Valparaiso, Oakland, and Indiana Tech. This was the Red and White’s first opportunity to see where they stand before resuming indoor competition in January.
“It was a good, solid start to the season,” head coach Kelly Phillips said. “We have some very good young talent in the sprints, and today showed that.”
Sophomore Aryelle Player sprinted to a fifth-place finish in the 400m dash in 1:01.38, one second faster than her time at last year’s season opener. Her time was two seconds off from her career-high 59.34, which she recorded at the Miami RedHawk Invitational last season. Freshman Alexus Jimson-Miller then kicked off her RedHawk career with a fifth-place finish in the 60m hurdles, crossing the finish line in 8.81.
Junior Charlotte Myers earned runner-up in the 800m run, finishing the race in 2:16.48. The Red and White took the next four spots in the event, starting with junior Taylor Wickware who finished third in 2:18.67. Freshman Lauren Hoover placed fourth one second later in 2:19.82, followed by sophomore Megan Beaver in 2:20.26. Freshman McKenna Kiple rounded out Miami’s scorers in sixth place in 2:22.05.
The RedHawks had impressive victories in the mile run and 3000m race, with junior Elisa Frazier winning the mile in 5:15.63. Freshman Jackie Mullins earned her first collegiate career win in the 3000m, completing the race in 10:45.07.
Senior Kori Tatman started her final season as a RedHawk on a high note, adding another victory for Miami in the pole vault with a mark of 3.34m. Junior Taylor Brown also had a strong performance in the event, tying Valparaiso’s Sarah Peters for second.
Sophomore Amelia Strickler had two strong throws in Saturday’s season opener, taking second in the shot put with a throw of 14.49m and fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 15.33m.
Junior Adaora Anunike followed Strickler in the shot put, finishing third with a throw of 13.76m. Freshman Olivia Cummings then took Anunike’s lead and placed fourth in the event with a put of 12.97m. Junior Jasmine Watts was the only RedHawk to compete in the long jump, placing fifth with a 5.32m jump.
With the Mastodon Opener behind them, the RedHawks are now off for a month for winter break, and will return to the track and field Jan. 17, 2014 for the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky.