Every week for the rest of the 2012-13 school year, I'll be honoring Miami University's top athletes in a blog post titled "High Marx", which recognizes them for outstanding performances. Enjoy!
- Senior linebacker Pat Hinkel helped the RedHawks earn their first victory of the season Saturday with two interceptions in the team's 30-14 win over Southern Illinois. Hinkel returned his first pick 24 yards into the endzone in the second quarter and his second INT set up another score in the third. The senior, who played safety the previous three years of his collegiate career, moved to linebacker before the start of the 2012 season.
- Red-shirt junior Kelly Sullivan scored her first career goal in her 22nd career game Friday against Austin Peay, helping the RedHawks to a 4-0 win. It was also the first point of any kind in her collegiate career. After firing just four shots in three years as a RedHawk, Sullivan ripped a pair of shots against the Lady Govs, putting both on target, despite seeing just 14 minutes of action in the midfield. Her goal came in the 79th minute to complete the scoring, finishing a cross in the box, while her strong play off the bench contributed to a three-goal second half.
- Junior forward Emily Gruesser and freshman Demi Wideman led the field hockey team to a 2-1 win over 23rd-ranked Ohio State Sunday in Columbus. Gruesser evened the game at 1-1 after she found the back of the net from the left corner. The goal was the junior's fourth score in the team's last two games and fifth of the season. Wideman netted the game-winner, which was also her first career goal, in the 45th minute.
- Not only did coach Carolyn Condit win her 600th career match last weekend, but also the volleyball team won the Best Western/Sycamore Invitational for the second straight year. The RedHawks defeated Indiana State, Chicago State and Temple to claim the tourney title. Red-shirt freshman Sarah Chaney was named the Tournament MVP, as she came up big defensively all weekend.