KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On the third and final day of the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee, the Miami University men’s track and field team had its best showing Saturday at LaPorte Stadium, as five RedHawks finished in the top five in their field event, all with personal-best or season-best marks.
Freshman Peter Stefanski (Aurora, Ill.) earned runner-up in the high jump with a personal-best leap of 2.10m/6-10.75 while junior Matt Gambill (Dover, N.H.) also cleared a personal best to tie for fifth with a jump of 2.00m/6-6.75. In the long jump, senior John Cantwell (Holland, Pa.) captured third with a personal-best leap of 7.34m/24-1, which ties for eighth in school history. He was second among collegiate competitors, as an unattached jumper was second.
In the javelin, sophomore Tyler Yee (Florida, N.Y.) grabbed third with a season-best throw of 61.76m/202-7, finishing behind a pair of Ohio State throwers. In the discus invitational, junior Rob Stein (Villa Park, Ill.) finished fifth with a season-best heave of 50.94m/167-1 on his final attempt.
Senior Jarrod Eick (Hartville, Ohio) placed third in the 1500m showcase run in a season-best 3:48.95 behind runners from No. 9 Wisconsin and Ashland. In the 400m dash showcase, junior Jahquil Hargrove (Norristown, Pa.) took seventh in 47.98.
In the 4x800m relay, juniors Kevin Brown (Lewis Center, Ohio) and Wade Coffin (Willoughby, Ohio), Eick and senior Jack Spilman (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) combined to finish third, just ahead of Mid-American Conference rival Eastern Michigan, in 7:30.85.
Hargrove also anchored Miami’s 4x100m relay team to a sixth-place finish as he, along with freshman Jason Bailey (Springboro, Ohio), junior Sam Spallinger (Pandora, Ohio) and sophomore JaShawn Combs (Dayton, Ohio) combined to clock 42.10, while finishing first in their heat. Hargrove anchored the RedHawks’ ninth-place 4x400m relay team that finished in a season-best 3:13.44, as well, while sophomore Skyler Coburn (La Porte, Ind.), junior Robert Balzano (Poland, Ohio) and freshman Adam Bodrick (Columbus, Ohio) also ran on the team.
For a recap from the first two days at the Sea Ray Relays, click here.
Miami returns to competition in the Buckeye State next weekend for the Jesse Owens Classic April 19-20 in Columbus, hosted by Ohio State.