OXFORD, Ohio – Freshman Alexus Jimson-Miller was a dominant presence at the second and final day of the Miami Invitational at George Rider Track, garnering two event victories and helping the Miami women’s track and field team win the meet.
Jimson-Miller kicked off the day with a win in the 100m hurdles, crossing the finish line ahead of senior Erica Mudd in 14.38. Mudd finished second in a personal-best 14.63, followed by senior Xerina Hughey in third in 14.74. Jimson-Miller then earned her second victory of the meet in the 100m dash, winning in 12.50.
Miami ran away with the invitational victory, racking up a total of 264 points. Mid-American Conference rival Ball State finished second with 163 points, followed by IPFW in third (71), Xavier in fourth (66), and Butler in fifth (50). Cedarville, Ohio Dominican, IUPUI, Otterbein, and Shawnee State also competed in this weekend’s meet.
The RedHawk women earned nine other event victories in their home meet, with five of them happening on the track. Junior Anna Lamb led the RedHawks in the 5000m run, winning the race with a season-best time of 16:46.31. Junior Jess Hoover followed Lamb in fifth, crossing the finish line in 17:18.79.
Junior Charlotte Myers nabbed the 800m victory with a clocked time of 2:10.38, followed by sophomore Laura Bess in second (2:12.59), sophomore Megan Beaver in third (2:15.09), and freshman McKenna Kiple in fourth (2:16.09).
Sophomore Kathie Wollney then hurdled to victory in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.65. Hughey then finished second in the race with an impressive career-high 1:02.68, shattering her 1:07.11 time set at the 2011 Oliver Nikoloff Invitational. Junior Elisa Frazier earned Miami’s final individual track victory of the day, placing first in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 11:13.49.
In field action, junior Taylor Brown won the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.40m/11-1.75. Freshman Hope Turner then took third in the event with a clearance of 3.25m/10-8. Sophomore Amelia Strickler also earned an event victory at the meet, winning the shot put with a throw of 14.51m/47-7.25. Strickler also finished third in the discus (42.47m/139-4) and fourth in the hammer throw (45.72m/150-0).
Mudd then won the high jump with a mark of 1.65m/5-5, followed by sophomore Jess Baker who finished second in the event with a clearance of 1.60m/5-3. Senior Tori Paterra earned Miami’s final event victory of the day, winning the javelin throw with a season-best mark of 51.85m/170-1.
The Red and White also earned several other top-five finishes, beginning with the 1500m run. Kiple finished fifth in the event in 4:43.68, followed by Beaver who took sixth in a season-best 4:43.94. Senior Leah Coleman then went runner-up in the 400m in a season-best 58.39, followed by sophomore Aryelle Player in third (59.64), and freshman Allison Klonne in seventh (1:00.40).
Sophomore Lauren Schattinger placed in two events, finishing second in the 200m in 25.37, and taking fourth in the 100m with a sprint of 12.68. Coleman placed third in the 200m (25.75), followed by freshman Briah Owens in fifth (26.04). In the long jump, junior Jasmine Watts placed second with a mark of 5.56m/18-3, while freshman Olivia Cummings took third in the shot put with a throw of 12.55m/41-2.25.
The RedHawk women clinched the invitational victory by taking the top two spots in the 4x400m relay. Miami’s “A” team consisting of Wollney, Jimson-Miller, Beaver, and Myers won the relay with a combined time of 3:54.01, while Hughey, Klonne, Coleman, and Player placed second as Miami’s “B” team in a combined time of 3:58.08.
The RedHawks will return to the track and field for the All-Ohio Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio April 11-12.