Miami Men Aim for MAC Title at NIU
May 11, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio - As the track season winds down, the Miami University men's track and field team looks to amp things up when it competes as a team for the final time May 12-14 at the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill.
The RedHawks have won 14 MAC titles in school history, but none since 1993, and haven't finished better than fourth since 1994. The 14 titles are third-most in MAC history but 10 of the 14 came consecutively from 1948-1957 - the first 10 years the league held a championship.
The 2011 Championships get under way at the NIU Track and Field/Soccer Complex Thursday at 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. local) with the men's hammer throw. The majority of day one's events are part of the heptathlon and decathlon while men's action concludes at 6:15 p.m. ET with the 10K run. Friday, the meet resumes at 11 a.m. ET with the remaining events in the decathlon and heptathlon while the first track event is the men's 1500m prelims at 1 p.m. ET while day two wraps up at 5:35 p.m. ET with the 3K steeplechase. The final day starts again at 11 a.m. ET with the men's high jump and discus while the last event is the 4x400m relay at 4:30 p.m. ET followed by the awards ceremony. For the complete schedule, click here.
At last year's MAC Championships, Miami placed sixth out of six teams with 66 points while Eastern Michigan took first and Akron was the runner-up. The RedHawks placed two athletes on the All-MAC Second Team a year ago and both return this year as senior David Serrano (Pickerington, Ohio) took second in the high jump while classmate Michael McCarty (Hudson, Ohio) was the runner-up in the long jump. The 2011 Outdoor Championships will be scored using a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale in each event.
Last Friday, the RedHawks took part in the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University, as a final tune-up for the league meet. McCarty won the long jump with a season-best leap of 24-0.75 while junior Matt Rudin (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) was the runner-up in the pole vault with a personal-best clearance of 16-8.75, which ranks him seventh in school history. Freshman Rob Stein (Villa Park, Ill.) also had a strong showing, placing fifth in the discus with a personal-best toss of 170-6, which ranks ninth in school history. Sophomore Jarrod Eick (Hartville, Ohio) was tabbed MAC Track Athlete of the Week after clocking a personal-best time in the 800m as well.
Heading into the MAC Championships, the `Hawks hold several of the top times and marks this season. Senior Michael Perry (Cincinnati, Ohio) has the top 3K time (8:30.70) and ranks third in the 10K (31:07.87). Eick ranks second in the 1500m run (3:48.56) and fourth in the 5K (14:41.63) while freshman Jahquil Hargrove (Norristown, Pa.) is third in the league in the 400m dash (47.69) and senior Robbie Fisher (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) ranks fourth in the steeplechase (9:12.15). Junior Jordan Goffena (Sidney, Ohio) holds the top decathlon score (6,747) while Rudin ranks third (6,452). In field events, Rudin is second in the pole vault after his showing last weekend while junior John Brockman (Granville, Ohio) sits third in the javelin (197-7). Stein ranks fourth in the discus after his heave last weekend, as well. Below is a full list of where RedHawks rank in each event entering this weekend.
A few RedHawks are also in contention to extend their season at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, which take place May 26-28 in Bloomington, Ind. Rudin ranks 26th in the East Region and 66th nationally in the pole vault while Stein is 38th in the discus and junior Nathan Hoch (Logan, Ohio) is 42nd in the region (168-11), also in the discus. McCarty is just sitting outside the regional cutoff at 57th in the region in the long jump. The top 48 athletes per event in the region qualify for the East Preliminary Rounds except in the decathlon, which does not have prelims, as Goffena ranks 67th nationally in the event while the top 24 advance straight to the NCAA Championships.