AKRON, Ohio – Sophomore Anna Lamb captured the 10,000m title Thursday night to lead the Miami University women’s track and field team on day one of the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships, as the RedHawks sit in fourth place. The meet is hosted by the University of Akron at Lee R. Jackson Track & Field Complex.

Miami compiled 19 points in the four event finals held on opening day while the host Zips rest in first place overnight with 30 points. Kent State is right behind in second with 29 points while Buffalo is third with 21.5 points. Toledo is right behind the ‘Hawks with 17 points in fifth place.

Lamb (Granville, Ohio), who celebrated her birthday Thursday, ran away with the 10K title, as she held back early in the race before taking the lead with four laps to go, crossing in 35:06.56, which is the fifth-best time in school history (three of which Lamb owns). She won by 20 seconds ahead of Toledo’s Brooke Tullis to earn 10 points for Miami. Lamb is the first RedHawk to win the MAC 10K since Rachel Patterson in 2011 and just the third Miamian ever to win the 10K MAC title. Sophomore Melissa Girgis (Worthington, Ohio) picked up another three points by finishing sixth in the 10K in a personal-best 36:32.10, as she ranks 10th in school history. Classmate Amanda Hancock (Lexington, Ky.) was 10th in 37:45.04, also a personal best.

In the javelin, junior Tori Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.), who won the MAC javelin title as a freshman, placed third with a heave of 46.93m/154-0 to earn six points for the RedHawks. She was edged out by a pair of Kent State throwers, both of whom were within two and a half feet of Paterra’s throw.

In the pole vault, sophomore Taylor Brown (Hilliard, Ohio) earned 10th with an outdoor personal-best clearance of 3.61m/11-10, while she already ranked seventh in school history. Junior Kori Tatman (Amanda, Ohio) was 13th in the pole vault, topping 3.46m/11-4.25. Redshirt senior Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) placed 10th in the hammer throw with a toss of 52.49m/172-2 in the first of her three events on the weekend.

Redshirt junior Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) rests in seventh place after day one of the heptathlon (through four events) with 3,080 points. She is within 50 points of fourth place and just over 200 points behind Buffalo’s Emma Siuciak, who sits in first with 3,295 points. Zaper earned second in the 100m hurdles in a personal-best 13.97, which bumps her up to seventh in school history and garnered 983 points, her most in any of the four events Thursday. She also tied for fifth in the high jump (1.64m/5-4.5) and was sixth in the shot put (10.04m/32-11.25) and 200m dash in a season-best 26.17 among the 13 competitors. The final three events of the heptathlon are Friday, beginning with the long jump at 12:15 p.m.

In addition to the remainder of the heptathlon, the MAC Championships resume Friday at 1 p.m. with the shot put final, followed by the long jump. The first track event is the 1500m prelims at 2 p.m. while the 3000m steeplechase final concludes day two at 6:40 p.m. Live results and a live stream of the MAC Championships are available on MURedHawks.com and MAC-Sports.com.

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