NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind two individual event wins and a relay victory, the Miami University women’s track and field team capped the Black and Gold Invitational in strong fashion Saturday at Vanderbilt University's track and field complex. Several RedHawks posted personal bests while three also cracked Miami’s all-time top-10 lists.
Miami dominated the 3000m run, placing three in the top nine, including sophomore Anna Lamb (Granville, Ohio), who won the race while smashing her personal best in 9:48.48, which ranks her sixth in school history. She won the race by over five seconds while classmates Elisa Frazier (Williamsville, N.Y.) and Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) were sixth and ninth, respectively. Frazier clocked 10:02.45, an outdoor personal best, while Hoover crossed in 10:04.75, also an outdoor PR.
The RedHawks also won the 4x400m relay as seniors Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio) and Diona Graves (Fenton, Mo.), sophomore Charlotte Myers (Bexley, Ohio) and freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.) combined to clock 3:44.72, which is the third-best time in school history and is also a meet record. Miami finished eight seconds ahead of Austin Peay, which was the runner-up in a field of 12.
In field action, junior Tori Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) blew away the field in the javelin with a heave of 46.95m/154-0, as she threw over 23 feet further than any other competitor while breaking her own meet record that she set last year. Redshirt junior Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) placed fourth in the high jump, clearing 1.65m/5-5, while junior Erica Mudd (Cincinnati, Ohio) tied for seventh with the same height but in more attempts. Sophomore Adaora Anunike (Galena, Ohio) was 10th in the discus with a toss of 44.09m/144-8.
In the 100m hurdles, senior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took second in 13.69 while Zaper placed seventh in 14.58. In the 400m hurdles, freshman Kathie Wollney (Cary, Ill.) was seventh in 1:03.30 in her first such race.
Graves earned another runner-up in the 100m dash in 11.87 while Allen captured third in the 400m dash in a personal-best 55.63, which ranks her ninth in school history. Scannell was not far behind in sixth in the 400m in a season-best 56.58. Myers was 14th in a field of 30 in the 200m dash in a personal-best 25.43.
In the 1500m run, freshman Laura Bess (Brownsburg, Ind.) finished third in 4:33.33, her first time running the event as a RedHawk. In the 800m run, sophomore Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) placed seventh in a personal-best 2:12.85 while running against a field of 49. Two RedHawks were in the top 10 in the 2000m steeplechase as junior Erica Howes (Fairfax, Va.) was eighth in 7:06.86 while sophomore Alex Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.) was right behind in ninth in 7:13.83.
Miami competed against several regional teams at the meet, including Michigan, DePaul, Louisville, Bradley, Southern Illinois, Loyola (Ill.) and Western Kentucky, as well as several schools in Tennessee, including Memphis, Belmont, Austin Peay, Middle Tennessee State and Lipscomb, along with the host Commodores.
For a recap of Friday’s action at the Black and Gold Invitational, which included the 3000m invitational run and multiple throws events, click here.
Miami stays closer to home next weekend, as the RedHawks take part in the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, hosted by the University of Cincinnati, Friday and Saturday, March 29-30, just an hour down the road from Oxford.