April 30, 2011
HILLSDALE, Mich. - Miami University junior Diona Graves topped the school record in the 100m dash to lead several members of Miami’s women’s track and field team Saturday on the final day of the Gina Relays, hosted by Hillsdale College at the Ken Herrick Outdoor Track & Field Complex. The rest of the RedHawks stayed home in Oxford to compete in their own RedHawk Invitational, which was Miami’s second and final home meet of the year.
At the Gina Relays, Graves (Fenton, Mo.) captured first place in the 100m dash, crossing in a school-record time of 11.68, topping Margarita Pogorelov’s mark of 11.73 from 2008. She also finished fifth in the 200m dash in 24.55 and won the long jump on Friday at the Gina Relays despite never having competed in the event previously.
In the 400m dash, sophomore Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio) was the runner-up in a personal-best 56.50, which ranks her 10th in school history, while junior Rachael Clay (Rossford, Ohio) took third in 56.86. In the 100m hurdles, sophomore Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took second in a season-best 14.13 while freshman Xerina Hughey (Galloway, Ohio) earned fourth in a personal-best 14.16, which ranks her ninth in school history.
Miami also took runner-up honors in the 4x100m relay as freshman Ariel Johnson (Cincinnati, Ohio), Baggett, Scannell and Graves clocked 47.34, ahead of Mid-American Conference foes Toledo and Ohio.
Senior Katie Lenahan (Cincinnati, Ohio) took third in the 800m run in 2:12.95 while freshman Kate Carter (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was seventh in 2:13.66. Junior Jillian Dickman (Madison, Ohio) placed fifth in the 1500m run in 4:40.84.
In field action, senior Hope Alexander (Wilmington, Del.) recorded a season-best jump of 12.08m/39-7.75 to earn runner-up honors in the triple jump while junior Krista Stillson (Naperville, Ill.) was third with a personal-best leap of 11.71m/38-5, which ranks her eighth in school history.
For a recap of Friday’s action at the Gina Relays, click here.
OXFORD, Ohio – At Miami’s own RedHawk Invitational, the rest of the RedHawks competed and recorded three event victories.
Junior Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) won the hammer throw with a heave of 54.47m/178-8, winning by over 10 feet. In the shot put, junior Alexandra Roberts (Hilliard, Ohio) took second with a throw of 14.36m/47-1.5 while Gable was third, tossing 13.71m/44-11.75. Freshman Tori Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) was fifth in the shot put with a heave of 13.02m/42-8.75.
Paterra placed first in the javelin however, with a throw of 41.01m/134-6 while Roberts finished fourth in the discus with a toss of 46.25m/151-9.
In the 800m run, freshman Erin Riley (Avon Lake, Ohio) was victorious in 2:16.61 while sophomore Monica Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio) crossed in fourth in a personal-best 2:18.44. Freshman GinaMarie Presti (Garfield Heights, Ohio) earned fourth in the 200m dash in a personal-best 26.12.
Freshman Allegra Ubbes (Oxford, Ohio) took third in the long jump with a leap of 5.32m/17-5.5 while classmate Chioma Umunnabuike (Worthington, Ohio) was also third in the high jump, clearing 1.56/5-1.25.
Competing unattached, Kelley Miller (Dublin, Ohio) won the 3000m steeplechase in 10:56.22, running the event for the first time in her career.
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.