OXFORD, Ohio – With just two weeks remaining before the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Miami University women’s track and field team travels to Allendale, Mich. for the GVSU Big Meet, hosted by Grand Valley State University at the Kelly Family Sports Center.
Miami will only compete in the Friday portion of the two-day meet, facing off against a competitive 66-team field, including conference foes Bowling Green State University, Central Michigan, and Northern Illinois. The RedHawks will also compete against athletes from other Division I schools, including Detroit-Mercy, Eastern Illinois, IUPUI, Loyola, and Marquette, among others.
Invitational action gets underway Friday morning at 11 a.m. with the 5000m run, while field events begin at 2 p.m. with the shot put. Friday’s action concludes at 8:20 p.m. with the 4x400m relay, and the meet’s open events begin Saturday at 11 a.m., although no RedHawks are scheduled to compete in Saturday’s portion of the meet.
Junior Anna Lamb opens Friday's track action in the 5000m run, competing with teammates Elisa Frazier, Julia Valencia, and Mattie Moncayo. Junior Melissa Girgis represents Miami in the 3000m run, while sophomore Laura Bess takes on the mile. Sophomore Megan Beaver and junior Taylor Wickware are scheduled to race in the 800m run, and freshman Alexus Jimson-Miller continues her strong collegiate career debut in the 60m hurdles alongside teammates Erica Mudd and Kathie Wollney.
The RedHawks are also well represented in the throws, with sophomore Amelia Strickler scheduled to compete in the shot put and weight throw. Senior Kori Tatman and junior Taylor Brown take on the pole vault, while Mudd transitions from the track to the field to participate in the high jump.
At last year’s GVSU Big Meet, alumna Layne Baggett stole the show by breaking Miami’s school record in the 60m hurdles with her finals time of 8.45 that earned her second place at the meet. Beaver was Miami’s second star of the night, winning her first-ever collegiate win in the 600m run, winning the race with a personal-best time of 1:35.66. Junior Taylor Wickware also had a strong run, as she finished behind Beaver in fourth in 1:36.03. In field action, now-graduated Ashley Zaper placed ninth in the high jump with a mark of 1.64m, while junior Jasmine Watts took eighth in the long jump with a mark of 5.33m.At last weekend’s Akron Invitational, Lamb and Bess led the way for the RedHawks, winning their respective track events. Lamb dominated the 3000m, winning the race in a personal-best 9:48.18, three seconds faster than Radford’s Teresa Williamson who finished second in the distance race. Bess also earned a personal-best time in the mile, winning her event with a time of 4:55.55. Jimson-Miller represented Miami well in the sprints, finishing second in the 60m hurdles in a personal-best 8.55 and placing fourthin the 200m in a second season high time of 25.16. In field events, Strickler earned a fourth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 15.34m. Her throw now ranks second on Miami’s all-time list.
Following the GVSU Big Meet, the RedHawks will have one more tune-up before the conference championship at the Ball State Quadrangular Friday, Feb. 21 in Muncie, Ind. Live results for the GVSU Big Meet can be found here.