Every week for the rest of the 2012-13 school year, I'll be honoring
Miami University's top athletes in a blog post titled "High Marx",
which recognizes them for outstanding performances. Enjoy!
- Junior Kayla Zakrzewski scored the game-winning
goal 4:43 into overtime to lift Miami to a 3-2 come-from-behind win at No. 20
Tennessee Sunday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The RedHawks
trailed 2-1 in the closing seconds of regulation but pulled even with nine
seconds remaining to force overtime, where Zakrzewski came through in the
clutch. The win was Miami's first ever over an SEC team while the 'Hawks
advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in
school history and first time since 2002.
- Redshirt senior Steve Kiplagat closed out the season with a strong
race at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Saturday in Wisconsin, finishing 25th
overall (out of 204 runners) to earn All-Great Lakes Region honors. Running the
team's first 10K of the year, he clocked 31:48, as he was the team's top
finisher for the fourth time this year. He led Miami to a sixth-place team
finish at the meet, tying the team's best finish under 19-year head coach
Warren Mandrell. It was Miami's best finish at the regional meet since 2003
while the RedHawks were one spot short of making the NCAA Championship.
Kiplagat just missed qualifying for the NCAA Championship individually as well
by 13 places.
- Senior backstroker Leah Thornton swept
the 100 and 200 races and swam the lead-off leg for the winning 400 freestyle
relay as Miami defeated host Kenyon College, 175-116, last Friday. Thornton
finished ahead of teammate Katie Bootsma in the 100 back, touching the wall in
a time of 58.40. Six events later, she placed first in the 200 back, beating
teammate Emma Szczupakiewicz by more than two seconds with a time of 2:06.34.
In the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, Thornton paced the team to an
early lead and the victory (3:30.75).
- Though Miami lost at powerful Ohio State
last Friday, 140-112, Joe Baumgartner swept the two individual events in which
he swam. In the 50 freestyle, his time of 21.32 beat the runner-up from OSU by
19/100ths of a second. Then, four events later in the 100 free, the sophomore
won again, defeating his Buckeye counterpart by just 3/100ths of a second
- Junior guard Quinten Rollins tied a school record for most steals in
a game with seven Tuesday night against Grambling State. The Wilmington, Ohio
native also had five points and a team-high seven assists in the 80-54 victory.
- Freshman guard Reggie Johnson scored a team-high 20 points in the
RedHawks' 80-54 victory over Grambling State on Tuesday night in the team's
home opener. The Chicago native was 7-of-12 shooting and 3-of-5 from the field.
He added five boards and five steals in the win.
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