OXFORD, Ohio – In front of its home fans for the second and final time this year, the Miami University men’s track and field team put on a show, winning 10 events, including seven field events, to dominate its own RedHawk Invitational Saturday at George Rider Track.
The RedHawks totaled 311 points to run away with the team title, more than doubling runner-up Cincinnati, which had 134 points. Valparaiso was third (81), followed by Kentucky State (33) and Mid-American Conference rival Ohio (30), which had a limited squad.
Junior Rob Stein (Villa Park, Ill.) posted a trio of first-place finishes, sweeping the shot put, discus and hammer throw. He won the discus with a toss of 52.24m/171-4.75, claimed the hammer with a heave of 54.44m/178-7 and took first in the shot with a put of 15.62m/51-3. Freshman Paul Golen (Elmhurst, Ill.) was runner-up in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 14.80m/48-6.75 while he was third in the discus with another personal best (48.06m/157-8.25).
Senior John Cantwell (Holland, Pa.) won a pair of events himself, taking first in both the long jump and triple jump. He jumped 7.11m/23-4 in the long jump, while recording a mark of 13.94m/45-9 in the triple jump. He also won the triple jump at Miami’s other home meet this season.
Freshman Peter Stefanski (Aurora, Ill.) continued to perform well in the high jump, earning first while tying his personal-best clearance of 2.10m/6-10.75. The win was his fourth of the season in the high jump while he cleared 2.10m for the third straight meet. Junior Matt Gambill (Dover, N.H.) tied for second, jumping 1.95m/6-4.75. Senior Sam Wildeman (Naperville, Ill.) placed second in the pole vault, topping a season-best 4.83m/15-10.
On the track, senior Jack Spilman (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) won the 800m run in 1:51.78, just edging classmate Jarrod Eick (Hartville, Ohio) at the line, as Eick finished second in a personal-best 1:51.85. Junior Kevin Brown (Lewis Center, Ohio) made it a clean sweep, placing third in the 800m in a season-best 1:52.22.
Miami was also victorious in the 1500m, led by redshirt senior Steve Kiplagat (Iten, Kenya), who took first in a personal-best 3:55.30, just edging Ohio’s Matt Watts (3:55.76). Classmate Brett Wagner (Toledo, Ohio) took third in the 1500m in a personal-best 4:00.31. Freshman Matt Stewart (Naperville, Ill.) placed third in the 5000m run in 15:12.65, while the race was won by Miami alum Paul Krebs (’10) in 14:55.89.
In the 400m hurdles, sophomore Skyler Coburn (La Porte, Ind.) crossed first in 54.20, while classmate JaShawn Combs (Dayton, Ohio) was runner-up in the 110m hurdles in 14.72. Fellow sophomore Ryan Moncrieff (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) captured third in the 3000m steeplechase in a personal-best 9:36.40.
For fun, four distance runners teamed up to take third in the 4x400m relay as senior Matt Marol (Evanston, Ill.), Wagner, Kiplagat and Eick combined to clock 3:36.53.
Junior Jahquil Hargrove (Norristown, Pa.) earned a pair of runner-up finishes, doing so in the 200m dash and 400m dash, clocking a season-best 22.37 in the 200m and 48.03 in the 400m. Classmate Robert Balzano (Poland, Ohio) was right behind in third in both events, crossing in a personal-best 22.43 in the 200m and 48.85 in the 400m.
Miami again went 2-3 in the 100m dash, as freshmen Jason Bailey (Springboro, Ohio) and Stephen Denissoff (North Canton, Ohio) crossed second and third, respectively, in a wind-aided personal-best 11.25 for Bailey and 11.31 for Denissoff, who ran the event for the first time.
The RedHawks return to action next weekend at the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University on Friday, May 3 in Bloomington, in what serves as a final tune-up before the MAC Championships, which are May 9-11.