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!

"High Marx"


Ice Hockey

  • Redshirt senior Marc Hagel helped Miami sweep Alaska over the weekend, totaling three points in the two contests. In Friday's 5-2 win, he had the primary assist on Miami's fourth goal, which was scored short-handed. It was his first assist and point since the season opener Oct. 12. He then scored the first two goals of his RedHawk career in Saturday's 4-0 shutout, including an empty-net, short-handed goal to seal the game. His first goal gave Miami a 2-0 lead in the third period. Hagel was also key on the penalty kill vs. the Nanooks, helping Miami go 15-for-15 on the PK while blocking three shots.

Women's Track & Field

  • Redshirt junior Ashley Zaper had a strong season-opening meet Saturday at the IPFW Mastodon Opener. She won the high jump with a clearance of 1.73m/5-8, which ties Zaper's career-best mark and ties for fourth in school history. She also took second in the 60m hurdles in a personal-best 8.80 seconds, which ranks her ninth in school history.

Women's Swimming & Diving

  • Senior Maddie Kete took four firsts (200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay), two seconds (50 freestyle and400 medley relay), and a fourth in the 100 freestyle last weekend at the Miami Invitational.

Football

  • Senior quarterback Zac Dysert donated his long blonde hair to Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Its mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

  • Junior linebacker Chris Wade was named Miami's Defensive Player of the Year at the football team's annual banquet Sunday. The junior linebacker finished the 2012 season with a team-high 128 tackles, which was 47 more than any other RedHawk. He also finished third in the Mid-American Conference in takedowns, averaging 10.7 tackles per game Additionally, he had eight tackles for loss with one forced fumble. Wade, an engineering management major who boasts a 3.2-plus GPA, entered the season with only 12 total career tackles. He is expected to be one of the team's top defensive returners next season.

  • Kaleb Patterson was named the Miami University football team's Special Teams Player of the Year during its annual postseason banquet Sunday afternoon. The freshman had an outstanding season, converting 15 of 18 field goal attempts and 23 of 25 extra points. Patterson led the RedHawks in points scored with 68. He was the eighth leading scorer among kickers in the Mid-American Conference, averaging 5.7 points per game. The freshman was 5 of 6 from 40 yards or more with a season long of 45 yards.

Women's Basketball

  • Kirsten Olowinski, a senior forward, nailed two free throws at the 17:01 mark of the second half against Wright State Tuesday to become the 21st player in Miami history to score 1,000 career points. She finished the game with 12 points and 17 rebounds. The double-double was her third of the season and the 33rd of her career. "It's a great accomplishment," she said. "It gives you that much more pride in being a Miami athlete."

  • Sophomore guard Courtney Larson went 10-for-10 from the free throw line to help the RedHawks secure a 50-40 win over UMass on Saturday.