DES MOINES, Iowa – After the Miami University women’s track and field team opened the famed Drake Relays in grand fashion with a 10K victory, a trio of RedHawks continued to perform well Friday on day two at Drake Stadium in three different events.
Junior Tori Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) captured fourth in the javelin with a heave of 48.84m/160-3, which is the sixth-best throw in school history, all of which are owned by Paterra. It was her second-best effort of the season as she improved on her 11th-place finish from last year’s meet. She was sandwiched between throwers from Missouri and trailed only girls from Mount Mercy and Georgia, while she beat five Big Ten throwers in a field of 24.
On the track, senior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) qualified for the finals of the 100m hurdles, winning her preliminary heat in 14.26, while facing runners from Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama and Mississippi. She easily won her heat by 0.27 seconds. Her time ranks seventh overall in the prelims despite running into the strongest headwind (-5.7) of any of the four heats. She will run in Saturday’s eight-woman final at 3:38 p.m. ET, which features runners from Michigan, UTEP, Mississippi and Illinois, among others.
Redshirt senior Diona Graves (Fenton, Mo.) narrowly missed the finals in the 100m dash, placing 12th in 12.28 while running into a strong headwind (-4.7). She was second in her heat behind Ohio State’s Ashlee Abraham, while beating out runners from DePaul, Mississippi and Southern Illinois. Graves missed the finals by just .07 seconds in a field of 29.
The RedHawks close the Drake Relays on Saturday, as redshirt senior Samantha Gable competes in the hammer throw at 10 a.m. ET. In addition to Baggett’s final in the afternoon, junior Erica Howes and sophomore Elisa Frazier run the 3000m steeplechase at 11:25 a.m. ET. The rest of the Miami women’s team will host the RedHawk Invitational, which starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at George Rider Track. Admission is free to the final home meet of the season.