COLUMBUS, Ohio – A trio of throwers from the Miami University women’s track and field team were the only RedHawk representatives on day two of the Jesse Owens Track Classic, hosted by Ohio State University Saturday, as two RedHawks posted top-10 finishes and one posted an all-time top-five mark.
Freshman Amelia Strickler (Bay Village, Ohio) earned sixth in the shot put with a personal-best heave of 14.35m/47-1, which vaults her up to fourth in school history with the best put of any active RedHawk. She topped her previous best by a foot and five inches. Redshirt senior Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) took eighth in the shot put with a throw of 13.97m/45-10.
In the hammer throw, Gable claimed ninth with a season-best toss of 53.48m/175-5, while sophomore Adaora Anunike (Galena, Ohio) was 18th with a personal-best throw of 49.28m/161-8, as she remains ninth in school history in the event. Anunike threw 20 inches further than her previous best while competing against a field of 39. Strickler, who also had a personal best in the discus Friday, completed a trifecta of personal bests with another in the hammer of 45.98/150-10 to round out Miami’s competition at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The RedHawks were throwing against athletes from Mid-American Conference foes Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State and Ohio, as well as local rivals Cincinnati, Dayton and Xavier. Big Ten foes Michigan State and the host Buckeyes were also competing among several other schools, including Division II powers Ashland and Findlay.
To read about day one action at the Jesse Owens Track Classic, click here.
Miami will split its squad next weekend as several RedHawks will head to the famed Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa from April 25-27, while the rest of the team will compete in Miami’s second and final home meet of the year, the RedHawk Invitational, on Saturday, April 27.