YPSILANTI, Mich. - Six individuals and a relay team scored points Friday, including three fourth-place finishes, as the Miami University women's track and field team rests in sixth place after day one of the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships, hosted by Eastern Michigan at Bowen Field House. Three RedHawks also qualified for Saturday's finals on the track Friday.
The RedHawks totaled 21.5 points through six events and trail the host Eagles by just one point for fifth. Kent State leads the way after the opening day with 58 points, followed by Akron in second (42). Toledo rests in third with 29 points while Western Michigan is only a point and a half up on Miami with 23 points in fourth. Buffalo is right behind the 'Hawks in seventh with 18 points.
Miami had two runners score in the 5000m run as sophomores Anna Lamb (Granville, Ohio) and Melissa Girgis (Worthington, Ohio) combined to earn seven points. Lamb crossed in fourth in a personal-best 16:58.03, which ranks her fourth and is the ninth-best time in school history. Girgis took seventh in 17:14.16, also a personal best, which moves her up to seventh all-time at Miami. The RedHawks picked up another five points in the distance medley relay by finishing fourth as freshmen Laura Bess (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Kathie Wollney (Cary, Ill.), junior Erin Riley (Avon Lake, Ohio) and senior Monica Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio) combined to clock 11:51.54.
Redshirt senior Alexandra Roberts (Hilliard, Ohio), a four-time All-MAC performer in the shot put, closed out her collegiate career by placing fourth in the shot put to grab five more points with a season-best heave of 15.46m/50-8.75, which is the second-best throw in school history, as Roberts also owns the school record. Classmate Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) nabbed another point by placing eighth in the shot put with a season-best toss of 14.02m/46-0. In the pole vault, junior Kori Tatman (Amanda, Ohio) picked up half a point by tying for eighth with a clearance of 3.70m/12-1.5.
Redshirt junior Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) captured sixth in the pentathlon to earn three points, as she totaled a season-best 3,559 points, which is the ninth-best total in school history. Her top events were the 60m hurdles and long jump, as she finished fourth in both, clocking 8.91 in the hurdles and leaping 5.52m/18-1.5 in the long jump, which matches her season best. Zaper also recorded a season-best time of 2:32.30 in the 800m to place eighth.
In track prelims, senior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) qualified for the 60m hurdles finals in third in 8.48 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in school history, while winning her heat. Freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.) was also third in the prelims of the 400m dash, clocking 56.75 to advance to the finals. Baggett just missed making the finals of the 60m dash as she finished ninth in the prelims in a personal-best 7.69 seconds, which ranks her sixth in school history. Allen narrowly missed the final in the 200m dash, placing 12th in prelims in 25.21.
Sophomore Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) snagged the final qualifying spot in the 800m run, placing eighth in the prelims in 2:13.80. Freshman Megan Beaver (Brecksville, Ohio) just missed making the 800m final, as she was 10th in prelims in a personal-best 2:14.77, which ranks her 10th in school history.
The second and final day of the MAC Championships begins Saturday at 10 a.m. however the first women's event is the weight throw at 11:30 a.m. Action on the track resumes at 1:15 p.m. with the mile run final while the 4x400m relay concludes the championships at 4:15 p.m. Live results for the MAC Championships are available on MURedHawks.com.