BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Senior Sam Spallinger tabbed Miami’s lone individual event victory, while a gang of RedHawks won the 4x400m relay at the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University.
After settling for second in the long jump at last weekend’s RedHawk Invitational, Spallinger controlled the event Saturday afternoon, leaping to victory by clearing a distance of 7.33m/24-0.75. Although his mark was shorter than last weekend’s, he had no trouble out-jumping Kentucky’s Ibn Short and Eastern Michigan’s Tyler Brown, who tied for second with a leap of 7.20m.
Senior Rob Stein also claimed a couple of top marks Saturday, finishing among the top-eight in two events. He claimed second-place in the shot put behind Michigan’s Derek Sievers after launching a throw of 17.72m/58-1.75, then went on to place eighth in the hammer throw, tallying a mark of 53.39m/175-2.
Miami had its best finish on the track in the 4x400m relay, as the combined sprints of sophomore Adam Bodrick, seniors Robert Balzano and Jahquil Hargrove, and junior Skyler Coburn clocked a victory time of 3:12.66, over two seconds faster than Indiana State’s second-place relay time.
Sophomore Zack McBride had the best individual finish for the Red and White on the track, garnering runner-up honors in the 3000m steeplechase in a career-high 9:21.93. Teammate Vince Moeglin followed McBride in fourth with a clocked time of 9:31.78, also a career-best. The RedHawks added two other season-highs in distance competition, with sophomore Joe Stewart rounding up a fourth-place finish in the 3000m (8:36.80), followed by senior Dave Wing in sixth (8:45.34).
Wade Coffin claimed a top finish of his own Saturday in the 800m run, topping Eastern Michigan’s Scott Bradley for third with a career-best time of 1:51.71. Three other RedHawks then took fifth in their respective events, starting with Hargrove who crossed the finish line in the 200m with a season-high sprint of 21.56. Coburn then finished the 400m hurdles in 53.08, while freshman Stephen Biebelhausen clocked a career-best time of 3:52.61 in the 1500m run.
Several other Miami men had top finishes on the track, including Balzano who dashed across the finish line in the 400m with a time of 49.17. Senior Kevin Brown then finished sixth in the 800m (1:52.20), followed by freshman Andrew Dusing in eighth (1:52.46) and sophomore Joey Comisford in 11th (1:52.72).
In further field competition, sophomore Peter Stefanski leaped to a fourth-place finish in the high jump, clearing a height of 2.04m/6-8.25. Freshman Andrew Vollet then garnered two top marks of his own, placing fifth in the shot put with a career-high heave of 16.01m/52-6.5, and eighth in the discus after hurling a throw of 45.64m/149-9.
With the Billy Hayes Invitational behind them, the RedHawk men have one final week to prep before heading off to Athens, Ohio for the MAC Championships May 15-17.