OXFORD, Ohio – In its first home meet of the season, the Miami University women’s track and field team got off to a strong start on day one of the Miami Invitational Friday at George Rider Track as sophomore Anna Lamb ran away from the field in the 10,000m run while the RedHawks sit in first place through two events.

Miami posted 37 points in just two events and leads second-place Dayton by 24 points, as the Flyers have 13 points. Findlay is third among the 15-team field with 11 points. Eastern Illinois (9) and Ball State (8) are the only other teams to have scored on day one.

The RedHawks claimed the top three spots in the 10K to earn 24 points. Lamb (Granville, Ohio) led the way in 35:05.76, which is a meet record and the third-fastest time in school history while she also ranks third all-time at Miami. She earned 10 points despite running the race for the first time in her career. Classmate Melissa Girgis (Worthington, Ohio) was the runner-up in 36:39.05 while fellow sophomore Amanda Hancock (Lexington, Ky.) took third in 38:03.11.

In the hammer throw, which was the only field event contested on day one, redshirt senior Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) earned runner-up with a season-best heave of 52.46m/172-1. Sophomore Adaora Anunike (Galena, Ohio) finished fourth with a personal-best toss of 48.78m/160-0, which ranks her ninth in school history, while her and Gable combined for 13 points. Freshman Amelia Strickler (Bay Village, Ohio) was ninth with a personal-best throw of 45.94m/150-9.

The Miami Invitational resumes Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the discus while the second section of the 5000m run at 11:15 a.m. is the first women’s track event. Miami did not have anyone run in Friday’s section of the 5K and no RedHawk is entered in Saturday’s 5K race either. The meet concludes with the 4x400m relay at 5:55 p.m.

--MURedHawks.com--