April 29, 2011
HILLSDALE, Mich. - A handful of members from the Miami University women's track and field team put on a strong showing Friday on the first full day of the historic Gina Relays, hosted by Hillsdale College at the Ken Herrick Outdoor Track & Field Complex. One RedHawk placed first in her event, even though she had never competed in it prior to Friday, while two others collected runner-up finishes.
Junior Magda Wikar (Winnetka, Ill.) took fifth out of 33 in the long jump, covering 5.63m/18-5.75, just missing a season best.
In the high jump, freshman Erica Mudd (Cincinnati, Ohio) was the runner-up, clearing 1.70m/5-7. She was just three-fourths of an inch short of Lewis University's Samantha Linck, who won the event.
On the track, sophomore Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio) also earned runner-up honors (out of 45) in the 400m hurdles, clocking a personal-best 1:00.47, which ranks her ninth in school history. She shaved a whole second off her previous best time and was just sixth-hundredths of a second behind Notre Dame's Megan Yanik, who crossed in first.
Junior Rachel Patterson (Rochester, Mich.) finished sixth out of 21 in the 1500m invitational run, clocking 4:28.33, the fifth-best time in school history and less than a second behind her personal-best time from earlier this season.
Miami faced tough competition on day one, going against athletes from schools such as Notre Dame, Oakland, Grand Valley State and Mid-American Conference foes Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Toledo.
Several RedHawks will compete Saturday on the final day of the Gina Relays, which begins at 10 a.m. The rest of Miami's squad will take part in its own RedHawk Invitational, which starts at 11 a.m. at George Rider Track on Miami's campus.