AKRON, Ohio - Winning two of four events it contested Friday night, the Miami University women's track and field team got off to a stellar start on day one of the Akron Invitational, hosted by the University of Akron at Stile Athletics Field House.
Miami captured the top three spots in the gold division (top tier) 5000m run led by sophomore Anna Lamb (Granville, Ohio) in a personal-best 17:04.68, which ranks her fourth in school history, as she topped her previous best from earlier this year by nearly 20 seconds. It was also her first collegiate win. Classmate Melissa Girgis (Worthington, Ohio) took second in a personal-best 17:16.67, which ties for eighth all-time at Miami, while improving her best time by almost 25 ticks. Senior Monica Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio) then rounded out the top three in 17:34.23, also a personal best. The trio was running in a field of 24.
The RedHawks claimed the top two spots in the pole vault (blue division) for the second straight meet as junior Kori Tatman (Amanda, Ohio) took first, as she did last Friday at the Tom Wright Classic, while clearing 3.51m/11-6.25. It was her third first-place finish in five meets this year. Sophomore Taylor Brown (Hilliard, Ohio) was second for the second consecutive meet and third time this year also clearing 3.51m/11-6.25, but in more attempts.
In the blue division long jump, sophomore Jasmine Watts (Carmel, Ind.) took fourth with a season-best leap of 5.43m/17-9.75 in a field of 10, finishing behind a pair of jumpers from Pittsburgh and one from the host Zips.
Miami placed third in the distance medley relay behind Kent State and West Virginia as sophomores Alex Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.) and Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) and freshmen Megan Beaver (Brecksville, Ohio) and Laura Bess (Brownsburg, Ind.) combined to finish in 12:12.28.
The Akron Invitational resumes Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. with the blue division 3000m run while field events begin at 2:15 p.m. The meet concludes at 6:05 p.m. with the 4x400m relay. Links to live stats and live video are available on MURedHawks.com.