FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Miami University women's track and field team opened the 2012-13 season with a strong performance at the Mastodon Opener, hosted by IPFW Saturday at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center, winning 10 of 16 events.

The RedHawks faced a small field of the host Mastodons, Oakland, Valparaiso and several unattached athletes while also setting multiple personal bests in the season-opening meet. A total of 16 freshmen also got their first taste of collegiate competition.

"I feel like we're way ahead of a year ago. They did a nice job for the first meet. It was very exciting," head coach Kelly Phillips said. "You can go either way with freshmen and their first meet and they came out and competed well."

Miami grabbed the top two spots in the weight throw as redshirt senior Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) won in her first meet since 2011 after redshirting last year. She won with a personal-best throw of 17.07m/56-0, which ranks her third in school history, while sophomore Adaora Anunike (Galena, Ohio) took second with a toss of 16.49m/54-1, also a personal best that moves her into fifth in Miami history.

The RedHawks nabbed three of the top four spots in the shot put led by redshirt senior Alexandra Roberts (Hilliard, Ohio) in first with a heave of 14.69m/48-2.5. Gable took third (13.60m/44-7.5) while junior Tori Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) earned fourth (13.30m/43-7.75).

Junior Kori Tatman (Amanda, Ohio) captured first in the pole vault, clearing 3.45m/11-3.75, while sophomore Taylor Brown (Hilliard, Ohio) claimed second with a vault of 3.35m/10-11.75, which is an indoor PR for Brown.

Redshirt junior Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) and junior Erica Mudd (Cincinnati, Ohio) went 1-2 in the high jump as both cleared 1.73m/5-8, with Mudd just needing more attempts. The clearance ties Zaper's career-best effort. Mudd also took second in the long jump but was the top attached finisher with a personal-best leap of 5.77m/18-11.25, which is third in school history, while sophomore Jasmine Watts (Carmel, Ind.) took third with a jump of 5.26m/17-3.25.

On the track, Miami also had tremendous success, winning six running events. The RedHawks finished in the top four spots in the 60 hurdles with senior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) winning in 8.59 seconds, followed by Zaper in a personal-best 8.80, Mudd in 8.88, another personal best, and junior Xerina Hughey (Galloway, Ohio) in 9.04. A total of six 'Hawks qualified for the 60m hurdles final. Hughey also nabbed third in the 200m dash in 26.58.

In the mile run, Miami swept the top seven spots with senior Monica Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio) winning the race in 5:03.78. Sophomore Elisa Frazier (Williamsville, N.Y) was the runner-up in 5:16.39 followed by freshman Bridget Johnston (Cincinnati, Ohio) in 5:19.27. In the 800m run, sophomore Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) won the race in 2:19.42 while junior Erin Riley (Avon Lake, Ohio) was right behind in second in 2:19.66.

Miami claimed the top four places in the 3000m run with sophomore Melissa Girgis (Worthington, Ohio) winning in a personal-best 10:13.51. Freshman Brenna Poulsen (Indianapolis, Ind.) was second in 10:16.75 while sophomore Amanda Hancock (Lexington, Ky.) finished third in 10:24.96.

The RedHawks went 1-2-3 in the 600m run led by freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.) in 1:36.38 while sophomore Charlotte Myers (Bexley, Ohio) was the runner-up in 1:36.71 and freshman Megan Beaver (Brecksville, Ohio) was third in 1:38.69.

Three RedHawks earned a spot in the 60m dash final paced by sophomore Gretchen Walter (Piqua, Ohio) in fourth in 7.86 seconds. In the 400m dash, freshman Aryelle Player (Akron, Ohio) crossed in second in 1:02.02.

Miami also captured first in the 4x400m relay as the freshmen team of Allen, Beaver, Taylor Reid (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Kathie Wollney (Cary, Ill.) clocked 4:03.19 in the first collegiate relay together.

The RedHawks are now off for winter break and resume the indoor season Jan. 18, 2013 at the Gladstein Invitational, hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

--MURedHawks.com--