CINCINNATI – Peter Stefanski’s career day headlined an impressive performance by the Miami men’s track and field team at the All-Ohio Championships on Saturday.
The sophomore tied a career-high by clearing 6-11 1/2 to win the high jump, one of nine top-three finishes by the RedHawks on the final day of the meet. That mark is the top height in the Mid-American Conference. Miami finished third in the team standings with 129.5 points, trailing only Akron (205) and Cincinnati (138).
Over on the track, Jahquil Hargrove notched a pair of top-three finishes. The senior crossed the line second in the 400m (46.96) and third in the 200m (21.66) to put up 14 combined points. Hargrove also teamed with Adam Bodrick, Robert Balzano and Skyler Coburn in the 4x400m, which placed third with a time of 3:12.06, adding six more points to Miami’s total.
Coburn himself also fared well in the 400m hurdles, taking second with a time of 52.88. Coburn was one of three RedHawks to score in that event, joining freshmen Vinnie Minosky (fifth; 54.49) and Tyler Gittens (sixth; 54.70).
Another strong event on the track was the 800m, which saw Wade Coffin finish second with a time of 1:51.87. Kevin Brown (third; 1:52.27) and Joey Comisford (fifth; 1:54.16) also tacked on points for the Red and White in the event.
“Peter had a great day with a jump that should get him to the NCAA preliminary meet,” Miami head coach Warren Mandrell said. “Hargrove’s 400m would have qualified for the first round last year and the 4x400 team ran the seventh-fastest time in school history. We had some good things happen for us today. We were competitive across the board. Wade Coffin had a nice PR on the 800 with a good time.”
Also scoring on the track on Saturday were Andrew Dusing in the 1500m (sixth; 3:53.92), Dave Wing (fourth; 14:55.13) and Joe Stewart (seventh; 15:20.26) in the 5000m along with Sam Chester in the 100m hurdles (fourth; 14.70).
While Stefanski’s performance topped the field competitors, the RedHawks also got points from Matt Gambill with his sixth-place finish in the high jump (6-4 1/4). Sam Spallinger (fourth; 23-0 1/2) and Calen Settles (seventh; 21-8 1/4) put up solid performances in the long jump with Settles also scoring in the triple jump (sixth; 42-2 1/4). After taking fourth in the hammer throw on Friday, Rob Stein placed third in the shot put (55-1 1/2) and seventh in the discus (161-4). Tyler Yee rounded out the scoring with his third-place finish in the javelin (175-7).
The RedHawks are back in action next weekend when they head to the Bluegrass Classic in Lexington, Ky. The meet begins on Friday.