KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Friday was a record-setting day for the Miami University women’s track and field team as redshirt senior sprinter Diona Graves broke two school records at the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee, while senior hurdler Layne Baggett also tied a school record at the meet and junior thrower Tori Paterra bested her own school record to pace the rest of the RedHawks at the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Ohio University.
Graves (Fenton, Mo.) clocked 11.62 in the 100m dash prelims to qualify second (out of 47) for Saturday’s final while placing first in her heat. She broke her own school record of 11.68 that she had set twice, including two weeks ago. Graves also blazed to a 200m dash school-record time of 24.03, which was fourth in the prelims and tops in her heat. She also qualified for the 200m dash final while breaking a record set by Jackie Watkins back in 1986 (24.09).
Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) tied a school record, as well, at the meet, clocking 13.31 in the 100m hurdles to win the race, crossing 0.15 seconds ahead of the runner-up while competing in a field of 40. She matched Miami Hall of Famer Becca Williams’ mark from May 18, 1996 while improving her personal best by 0.12 ticks.
In the 400m dash, freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.) and senior Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in 55.86 and 55.88, running in a field of 37. Freshman Kathie Wollney (Cary, Ill.) claimed 12th in the 400m hurdles in 1:03.69 to round out Miami’s competition at the Sea Ray Relays.
On Saturday, Graves will forego her two individual finals as Miami will run two relays at UT’s Tom Black Track, home of the Sea Ray Relays, instead. First will be the 4x100m relay showcase at 1:40 p.m., which will feature Baggett, Graves and Allen. Scannell, Graves, Allen and sophomore Charlotte Myers (Bexley, Ohio) will then run the 4x400m relay at 4:20 p.m., as well. Live results are available here while live video can be seen here.
ATHENS, Ohio - At the All-Ohio Championships, held at Ohio’s Goldsberry Track, Miami rests in third after day one, despite missing their top sprinters and hurdlers. Miami totaled 34 points in the four events in which it competed Friday (five events were held). The host Bobcats sit in first with 41 points while Ohio State is second with 37 points. Fellow Mid-American Conference foes Kent State (29) and Akron (20) are fourth and fifth, respectively.
Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) set another school record in the javelin, breaking her own record with a throw of 50.51m/165-8 to win the event for the third straight meet and earn 10 points for the team. She topped her previous record mark of 49.91m/163-9 that she set as freshman in her first collegiate meet. Her throw ranks ninth nationally this season.
Junior Erica Howes (Fairfax, Va.) won the 3000m steeplechase for the second straight meet, and once again set a personal best, clocking 10:40.85, which moves her up to third in school history. She won the race by nearly 10 seconds to pick up another 10 points for Miami. The ‘Hawks totaled 17 points in the event, as sophomores Alex Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.) and Elisa Frazier (Williamsville, N.Y.) placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in a season-best 11:02.50 and 11:07.04.
In the long jump, redshirt junior Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) took fifth with a season-best leap of 5.64m/18-6 to earn four points. Redshirt senior Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) placed sixth in the hammer throw with a season-best heave of 52.71m/172-11 for another three points. Sophomore Adaora Anunike (Galena, Ohio) was 12th in the hammer with a toss of 48.39m/158-9.
The All-Ohio Championships conclude Saturday, beginning at noon with the shot put and triple jump, though no ‘Hawks are entered in the triple jump. Action on the track begins 10 minutes later with the 4x100m relay, but again Miami is not entered. Three RedHawks will run the 1500m at 12:20 p.m. however, while the meet concludes at 4:40 p.m. with the 4x400m relay. Live results will be available here.