DES MOINES, Iowa – Sophomore Anna Lamb opened the Miami University women’s track and field team’s action at the famed Drake Relays in grand fashion Thursday night, winning the 10,000m run in school-record time at Drake Stadium.
Lamb (Granville, Ohio) cruised to first place in 34:35.39 in her second career 10K, winning the 36-woman race by 21 seconds ahead of Oakland’s Brittni Hutton, who was the runner-up. Mississippi’s Kayleigh Skinner was third in 34:59.20. Lamb broke Miami’s previous school record of 34:48.24, set by Michelle Slykhuis at the 1985 Mid-American Conference Championships. Lamb’s time ranks 22nd in the East Region this year and 2nd in the MAC. She topped her previous PR by 30 seconds.
"Different people would take the lead and the pace would sort of change, it would slow and pick back up again. I was just trying to stick with whoever would take the lead," Lamb said after the race. "At one point I started feeling like it was getting easy and I needed to pick up the pace a little bit. When I knew that I could take the lead without worrying about falling behind or getting it taken away from me I went for it.”
Fellow sophomore Amanda Hancock (Lexington, Ky.) also ran the 10K, finishing 23rd in a personal-best 36:57.72, improving nearly a minute from her previous best. Runners from Big Ten foes Purdue, Minnesota and Illinois, as well as Georgia, Tulsa and Air Force, among many others, took part in the race.
Miami resumes competition at the Drake Relays Friday as senior Layne Baggett runs in the 100m hurdles prelims at 10:32 a.m. ET, classmate Diona Graves takes to the track in the 100m dash prelims at 1:15 p.m. ET and junior Tori Paterra throws the javelin at 3 p.m. ET. At least three other RedHawks will compete on Saturday at the Drake Relays, while the rest of the team stays home to host the RedHawk Invitational on Saturday.