COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the second and final day of competition at the Jesse Owens Track Classic, the Miami University men’s track and field team posted seven top-10 finishes, including five in field events, Saturday at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
After taking first in four straight high jump events at one point this year, freshman Peter Stefanski (Aurora, Ill.) earned his second consecutive runner-up finish, tying his personal-best clearance with a leap of 2.10m/6-10.75. His height equaled Lake Erie’s Edward Dudley, who won the event, but Stefanski required an extra attempt on an earlier height. Stefanski was competing in a field of 23 (eight failed to record a height) while he has not finished worse than second in any collegiate high jump competition so far. Junior Matt Gambill (Dover, N.H.) placed 10th, clearing 1.90m/6-2.75.
In the long jump, senior John Cantwell (Holland, Pa.) placed fifth with a leap of 7.24m/23-9, despite jumping into the wind, while junior Sam Spallinger (Pandora, Ohio) was right behind in sixth with a jump of 7.21m/23-8. Senior Sam Wildeman (Naperville, Ill.) tied for ninth in the pole vault, clearing 4.67m/15-3.75, while over half the field (13 vaulters) did not even record a height.
On the track, senior Jack Spilman (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) captured sixth in the 800m run in 1:53.92, running against a field of 45, which also included junior Kevin Brown (Lewis Center, Ohio), who was 13th in 1:54.75. Junior Jahquil Hargrove (Norristown, Pa.) took 12th out of 44 in the 400m dash in 49.34.
Sophomore Sam Chester (Medina, Ohio) also claimed 12th in the 110m hurdles in a field of 33, clocking 14.93. In the 400m hurdles, fellow sophomore Skyler Coburn (La Porte, Ind.) placed 16th (out of 31) with a time of 54.72. Freshman Jason Bailey (Springboro, Ohio) was 20th out of 34 in the 100m dash in a wind-aided personal-best 11.06.
Miami’s 4x100m relay team, which included Bailey, Hargrove, Spallinger and sophomore JaShawn Combs (Dayton, Ohio), crossed in sixth in 42.24, running in a field of 11.
The RedHawks competed against a large field at the meet that included Big Ten foes Michigan State, Illinois and the host Buckeyes, as well as Mid-American Conference foes Akron, Kent State and Central Michigan. Other schools that were in attendance included local rivals Cincinnati, Xavier and Wright State, along with Indiana State, Eastern Kentucky and Youngstown State, and Division II powers Ashland and Findlay.
For a recap of action from day one at the Jesse Owens Track Classic, click here.
Miami now returns home for its second and final home meet of the year, the RedHawk Invitational, on Saturday, April 27 at George Rider Track.