CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Racing against 277 competitive runners from universities and colleges all across the state, the Miami University women’s cross country team battled to a fourth-place finish at the All-Ohio Championship this afternoon. Hosted by Cedarville University at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course, the RedHawks finished with a total of 137 points.
In the Red and White’s first meet of the weekend, Miami placed fourth behind Dayton, conference rival Bowling Green and Malone. Dayton won the 6K with 93 points, while Bowling Green took second with 97 points. Malone just beat out Miami for third place, earning a total 134 points.
Although the RedHawks didn't win the meet as they had done in the 2011 season, head coach Kelly Phillips said she was happy with how her team performed this afternoon.
“The top three did really well, the whole group of them went out hard,” Phillips said. “We could have been tighter, closer with our fourth and fifth, but the top three ran really well.”
Junior Alex Chitwood was Miami’s third scorer of the meet, taking 19th overall in 23:04.98, followed by freshman Jackie Mullins who was the fourth scorer for the RedHawks. Competing in her first 6K as a RedHawk, Mullins finished 46th overall in 23:44.35. Miami’s fifth and final scorer in the 6K was senior Erica Howes, who finished 53rd in 23:56.98.
The remainder of the RedHawks who did not compete at All-Ohio will race in the Greater Louisville Classic Saturday morning at 10:15 a.m. Hosted by the Louisville Sports Commission at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, the Red and White will face off against an aggressive 33-team field to try and earn points towards the NCAA Championship in November.
Miami will take on No. 26 Vanderbilt, as well as Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky and Texas A&M with the goal being to finish ahead of as many other regions schools as possible.
Seven RedHawks will compete in the Greater Louisville Classic, including juniors Jess Hoover, Anna Lamb and Mattie Moncayo, redshirt junior Melissa Girgis, and sophomores Laura Bess and Brenna Poulsen.
Following the Greater Louisville Classic, the RedHawks will have one final meet to show what they can do before the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship November 2.
“It’ll be an interesting next couple weeks to see who makes the conference team,” Phillips said.
After this weekend’s competition, the Red and White will have a week off to prepare for Pre-Nationals Saturday, Oct. 19 in Terre-Haute, Ind. The race will begin at 11 a.m.