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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!

"High Marx"


  • 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.

Men's Cross Country

  • 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.

Women's Swimming

  • 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).

Men's Swimming

  • 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 (46.80).

Men's Basketball

  • 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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