LEXINGTON, Ky. - After half of the Miami University women's track and field team took part in the Tom Wright Classic Friday in Bowling Green, Ohio, the rest of the RedHawks took to the track Saturday at the Rod McCravy Memorial, hosted by the University of Kentucky at Nutter Fieldhouse.
Facing a large field and tough competition, including competitors from Georgia Tech, Missouri, Ohio State, Louisville, local rival Cincinnati and the host Wildcats, as well as several other schools in the region, Miami placed seven individuals in the top 10 in their respective events, including three in the top five. Four RedHawks also clocked all-time top-10 marks at the meet.
Senior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) qualified third for the 60m hurdles finals in a personal-best 8.47 seconds, which is the second-fastest time in school history, one one-hundredth of a second shy of the school record. She then finished fourth in the finals, clocking 8.54. Baggett also took 16th in the 60m dash with a time of 7.79.
Miami was well represented in the mile run, capturing three of the top six places. Freshman Laura Bess (Brownsburg, Ind.) led the way in third in a Miami season-best 4:57.71 while junior Erica Howes (Fairfax, Va.) was right behind in fourth in a personal-best 4:58.16, topping her previous best by nearly 10 seconds. Sophomore Elisa Frazier (Williamsville, N.Y.) rounded out the trio in sixth with a season-best time of 5:02.38.
In the 3000m run, sophomore Melissa Girgis (Worthington, Ohio) ran to a seventh-place finish in a personal-best time of 9:48.57, which moves her up to sixth in program history. Classmate Anna Lamb (Granville, Ohio) was three spots back in 10th in 9:54.07, also a personal best, which ranks her eighth all-time at Miami. Fellow sophomore Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) crossed in ninth in the 800m run in 2:14.86.
Freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.) took 16th in the 200m dash in her first time running the event, recording a time of 24.97, which ranks her sixth in school history and is the fastest 200m time this year by a RedHawk. In the 400m dash, sophomore Charlotte Myers (Bexley, Ohio) claimed 14th with a time of 56.95, running the event for the first time this year.
Allen, Myers and freshmen Kathie Wollney (Cary, Ill.) and Megan Beaver (Brecksville, Ohio) then combined to close the meet by taking ninth in the 4x400m relay in 3:51.53.
After the team was split up this past weekend, with most of the field athletes participating in the Tom Wright Classic, the RedHawks will reunite next weekend as the whole team heads to Akron, Ohio for the Akron Invitational Feb. 1-2.