DES MOINES, Iowa – Despite hosting the RedHawk Invitational back in Oxford, four members of the Miami University women’s track and field team competed at the Drake Relays Saturday to cap three days of action at the famed meet, held at Drake Stadium.

Senior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) earned runner-up in the 100m hurdles final, clocking 13.47, which is the ninth-best time in school history and the second-best of her career (she shares the school record). She was just behind UTEP’s Janice Jackson, who won in 13.26. Baggett finished ahead of runners from Mississippi, Michigan and Illinois, among others in the eight-woman final, while improving on her seventh-place preliminary time of 14.26.

In the 3K steeplechase, sophomore Elisa Frazier (Williamsville, N.Y.) placed 16th in a season-best 10:52.63, while junior Erica Howes (Fairfax, Va.) was 19th in 10:57.32. In the hammer throw, redshirt senior Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) placed 22nd (50.65m/166-2) to close action at the Drake Relays.

OXFORD, Ohio – While select RedHawks were competing at the Drake Relays, the majority of Miami’s women’s team was hosting the RedHawk Invitational, the second and final home meet of the year, at George Rider Track. The ‘Hawks won the meet despite being short-handed, while claiming six event titles, including five individual events.

Miami totaled 216.5 points to win the meet while Dayton was second with 134 points. Cincinnati was third (110), just edging Mid-American Conference rival Ohio, which had 109 points.

Two RedHawks finished at the top in the long jump, as redshirt junior Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) won with a personal-best jump of 5.77m/18-11.25, which ranks her eighth in school history. Sophomore Jasmine Watts (Carmel, Ind.) was second with a leap of 5.70m/18-8.5, also a personal best. Zaper also earned runner-up in the high jump, and was the top collegiate finisher, clearing an outdoor personal-best 1.68m/5-6.

Another field event winner was freshman Amelia Strickler (Bay Village, Ohio) in the shot put, with a monster personal-best heave of 14.81m/48-7.25, which moves her up to third in school history. Sophomore Adaora Anunike (Galena, Ohio) took third in the shot put (13.42m/44-0.5) and in the discus, with a personal best of 47.00m/154-2, which moves her up to fifth in school history. She also claimed fifth in the hammer throw (48.27m/158-4) while Strickler posted a personal best of 47.76m/156-8 to place eighth.

On the track, freshman Laura Bess (Brownsburg, Ind.) captured the 1500m run in a personal-best 4:32.69, which ranks her 10th in school history. Senior Monica Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) placed third and fourth, respectively, though nearly simultaneously in 4:47.11 and 4:47.12. The RedHawks went 1-2 in the 3000m steeplechase as sophomore Alex Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.) won the race in 11:13.57, while classmate Sammi Vaughan (Mantua, Ohio) was second in a personal-best 11:59.40.

Miami also grabbed the top two spots in the 400m dash, as sophomore Charlotte Myers (Bexley, Ohio) won the race in 55.99 while senior Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio) was right behind in second in 56.11. Watts earned runner-up in the 100m dash in 12.51 while freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.) took third in the 200m in 25.64. Freshman Sarah Rosenblum (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Xerina Hughey (Galloway, Ohio) were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 200m in 26.32, a personal best for Rosenblum, and 26.60.

The ‘Hawks came from behind to win the 4x400m relay, as Allen passed Dayton on the anchor lap for the win. She combined with Myers and freshmen Aryelle Player (Akron, Ohio) and Megan Beaver (Brecksville, Ohio) to clock 3:48.75. Miami beat out the Flyers by over a second.

In the 800m run, the RedHawks placed two through four, led by sophomore Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) in 2:13.77. Beaver and junior Erin Riley (Avon Lake, Ohio) were right behind in 2:14.97 and 2:17.68, respectively. In the 5000m run, freshmen Brenna Poulsen (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Julia Valencia (South Lyon, Mich.) finished second and third in 18:07.19 and 18:42.06, respectively.

In addition to her jumps, Zaper crossed fifth in the 100m hurdles in 14.80, while in the 400m hurdles freshman Kathie Wollney (Cary, Ill.) placed third in 1:03.83. Zaper placed third in the javelin to complete her four events on the day with a season-best throw of 35.81m/117-6.

In the pole vault, junior Kori Tatman (Amanda, Ohio) took third with a clearance of 3.56m/11-8, while sophomore Taylor Brown (Hilliard, Ohio) was sixth, topping 3.41m/11-2.25.

The RedHawks reunite next weekend in a final tune-up before the MAC Championships, as Miami heads to the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University on Friday, May 3 in Bloomington. The MAC Championships then follow the next weekend, May 9-11.

--MURedHawks.com--