OXFORD, Ohio – Holding its first home meet of the year, the Miami University men’s track and field team placed three RedHawks in the top five of the only two events held on day one of the Miami Invitational Friday at George Rider Track.
The RedHawks sit in third place with eight points after just one scored event while Findlay is first with 17 points. Eastern Illinois is second with nine points while Cedarville is the only other team with points so far in the 16-team field with five.
Junior Rob Stein (Villa Park, Ill.) earned runner-up in the hammer throw, the lone field event of the day, with a personal-best heave of 55.40m/181-9, which ranks him 10th in school history. Findlay’s Derrick Vicars won the event with a toss of 60.91m/199-10.
In the first section of the 5000m run, redshirt senior Steve Kiplagat (Iten, Kenya) crossed in 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. The second section of the 5K will be run Saturday at 10:55 a.m. as the first track event of the day.
The Miami Invitational resumes Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the women’s discus (followed by the men). The second section of the 5K starts things on the track, followed by the 4x100m relay at 11:50 a.m. The meet concludes with the 4x400m relay at 6:10 p.m.