April 30, 2011

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OXFORD, Ohio - On one of the few sunny days in April, the Miami University men’s track and field team shined as the RedHawks won seven events Saturday afternoon at Miami’s own RedHawk Invitational held at George Rider Track. The meet was Miami’s second and final home meet of the season.

In the 1500m run, Miami claimed three of the top five spots led by senior Michael Perry (Cincinnati, Ohio), who won the race in a personal-best 3:57.76 in come-from-behind fashion, edging Spike Knickel (running unattached) at the line. Freshman Robbie Fisher (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) was the runner-up in 15:04.73.

Miami dominated the long jump, claiming six of the top seven spots in a 25-man field. Sophomore Michael McCarty (Hudson, Ohio) was fourth (7.03m/23-0.75). Senior Josh Rees (Marysville, Ohio) was sixth (6.93m/22-9) and junior Jordan Goffena (Sidney, Ohio) took seventh (6.84m/22-5.25).

Senior Matt Losi (Buffalo, N.Y.) was victorious in the triple jump with a leap of 13.70m/44-11.5 while junior Nathan Hoch (Logan, Ohio) earned first in the discus with a personal-best throw of 51.50m/168-11, which ranks him ninth in school history.

In the 110m hurdles, the RedHawks captured the top two spots as Goffena won the race in 15.32 while McCarty was the runner-up in a season-best 15.42. In the 800m run, freshman Kevin Brown (Lewis Center, Ohio) earned second, clocking a personal-best 1:53.45 while McCarty was also the runner-up in the 400m hurdles in a time of 55.13.

Senior Justinn Eddie (Cleveland, Ohio) was the runner-up in the 400m dash in a personal-best 48.27, running it for the first time this season. He was the top collegiate finisher however, as Antione Drakeford, a former All-American at Cincinnati, won in 46.63. Junior Brett Wagner (Toledo, Ohio) was the runner-up in the 3000m steeplechase in 9:47.52 as was freshman Jahquil Hargrove (Norristown, Pa.) in the 200m dash in 22.29, running it for the first time in his career, while Drakeford was first in 21.71.

Miami claimed two of the top four spots in the shot put as freshman Rob Stein (Villa Park, Ill.) finished second with a personal-best heave of 16.54m/54-3.25 while senior Adam Ruiz (Mascoutah, Ill.) placed fourth with a toss of 16.40m/53-9.75, which is also a personal best. Ruiz earned a runner-up finish of his own in the hammer throw with a throw of 51.74m/169-9 while sophomore Lucas Ferguson (Mount Vernon, Ohio) was right behind in third, tossing a season-best 50.10m/164-4.

In the pole vault, junior David Serrano (Pickerington, Ohio) finished sixth (1.88m/6-2). Gambill also placed fifth in the javelin with a throw of 47.48m/155-9 while competing in the event for the first time.

The RedHawks clocked a season-best 3:19.25 in the 4x400m relay as Spallinger, sophomore Jack Spilman (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Hargrove and Eddie combined to cross in first. In the 4x100m relay, Miami claimed fourth as Mitchell, Spallinger, Rees and Eddie clocked 42.50.

The ‘Hawks compete in one final tune-up before the Mid-American Conference Championships as they head to Bloomington, Ind. for the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University, Friday, May 6. The MAC Championships are then May 12-14 in DeKalb, Ill. and hosted by Northern Illinois.