OXFORD, Ohio – Taking advantage of a home crowd and good weather, the Miami University men’s track and field team won four events, including one relay, en route to first place at the Miami Invitational, its first home meet of the year, Saturday at George Rider Track.
The RedHawks totaled 186.5 points while Findlay was the runner-up with 162 points. Eastern Illinois finished third with 160 points, followed by Malone in fourth (54) and Cedarville (36) fifth in the 16-team field.
Miami captured first in the 4x100m relay as freshman Jason Bailey (Springboro, Ohio), senior Sam Spallinger (Pandora, Ohio), sophomore JaShawn Combs (Dayton, Ohio) and junior Jahquil Hargrove (Norristown, Pa.) combined to cross in 42.81. Combs also earned runner-up in the 110m hurdles in a season-best 14.48 while classmate Sam Chester (Medina, Ohio) took fourth in a season-best 14.79.
Senior Jarrod Eick (Hartville, Ohio) won the 1500m run in 3:53.61 to earn 10 points while senior Brett Wagner (Toledo, Ohio) was eighth in a personal-best 4:01.85 and freshman Matt Stewart (Naperville, Ill.) was right behind in ninth in 4:03.33.
In the triple jump, senior John Cantwell (Holland, Pa.) won with a leap of 14.39m/47-2.5 while he claimed runner-up in the long jump with a bound of 7.13m/23-4.75. Spallinger was fourth in the long jump with a jump of 6.91m/22-8. Cantwell was the top collegiate finisher in the long jump however, as Mikese Morse of Jcamp Track Club won with a meet-record 7.61m/24-11.75, as Cantwell earned 20 points for Miami.
Along with the relays, Hargrove placed third in the 400m dash in 48.29 while freshman Adam Bodrick (Columbus, Ohio) was sixth with a personal-best time of 49.23 as the duo combined for 12 points. Hargrove also finished fourth in the 200m dash in 22.46 while Bodrick was fifth in 22.50, another personal best, and junior Robert Balzano (Poland, Ohio) took sixth in 22.53, his first time running the event. In the 400m hurdles, sophomore Skyler Coburn (La Porte, Ind.) placed third in a season-best 54.16.
In the 800m, three ‘Hawks placed in the top six, led by senior Jack Spilman (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), who was the runner-up in 1:52.32. Juniors Kevin Brown (Lewis Center, Ohio) and Wade Coffin (Willoughby, Ohio) were fifth and sixth, respectively, in 1:52.83 and 1:53.68. Bailey claimed seventh in the 100m dash in 11.26.
Coburn, Balzano, Bodrick and Hargrove combined to take third in the 4x400m relay in 3:18.40. Findlay won the relay with a time of 3:13.71.
In the 5000m run, the first section of which was contested on Friday evening, redshirt senior Steve Kiplagat (Iten, Kenya) finished third in a personal-best 14:42.62, as he continues to recover from an injury, while junior Daniel Garleb (Pickerington, Ohio) was right behind in fourth in a season-best 14:44.67.
In the discus, junior Rob Stein (Villa Park, Ill.), who took runner-up in the hammer throw Friday, placed third with a toss of 48.56m/159-04. He was also fifth in the shot put with a heave of 15.77m/51-9. Freshman Paul Golen (Elmhurst, Ill.) was eighth in the discus with a personal-best throw of 46.16m/151-5.
Sophomore Tyler Yee (Florida, N.Y.) earned runner-up in the javelin with a season-best heave of 57.30m/188-0 while junior Taylor Celestin (Mason, Ohio) was fourth with a throw of 52.63m/172-8. In the pole vault, senior Sam Wildeman (Naperville, Ill.) placed fifth with a season-best clearance of 4.75m/15-7.
Miami will host the RedHawk Invitational Saturday, April 27, as well. The RedHawks are back in action next weekend when they head to Knoxville, Tenn. for the Sea Ray Relays April 10-13, hosted by the University of Tennessee.