RedHawks to Host Miami Invitational
Sept. 8, 2005
The Miami University women's cross country team heads into Saturday's Miami Invitational--the only home meet on the 2005 schedule--looking to win its second consecutive title at Western Campus Course. Miami hopes to have sophomore Jennie Stoll, who was held out of last week's race at Dayton due to an injury, back in action this weekend. Miami will face two teams--Wright State and Cincinnati--it competed against in last week's Flyer 5K Challenge, and in addition, MAC rival Kent State, Eastern Kentucky, Malone College (Canton, Ohio) and Cumberland College (Williamsburg, Ky.) will also participate in the meet.
ECKERLY LOOKS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT MIAMI TITLE: Sophomore Carol Eckerly is looking to win her second Miami Invitational title in as many years. Eckerly paced the pack at the 2004 Miami Invite with a time of 18:18, and she is coming off a 12th-place finish at the Flyer 5K Challenge in the season-opening meet.
FLYER 5K RECAP: In their season-opening meet, Miami took home a third-place finish at the Flyer 5K Challenge as sophomore Sarah Henize (Bucyrus, Ohio/Bucyrus) finished second overall and was the RedHawks top finisher. Henize paced Miami with a time of 19:04.
Behind Henize, two other RedHawks, sophomore Carol Eckerly (12th) and senior Kristen Proach (15th) finished among the top 15 runners. Sophomores Tricia Frisella, who placed 17th (19:53), and Mia Fiegelist, who placed 18th (19:57), were the other top-20 finishers for Miami.
FLASHBACK: In last season's Miami Invite, Carol Eckerly led her teammates across the tape for the second-straight week as the RedHawks swept the Miami Invitational over Cumberland College and Marshall. Eckerly led a group of Miami runners that finished in the first eight places. Eckerly finished at 18:18 while teammate Jennie Stoll was the runner-up at 18:29.
Behind Miami's top two runners, Tricia Frisella finished third (18:52), Kristen Proach finished fourth (19:26) and Sarah Henize rounded out the top five (19:30). Miami had three more runners-- Kelly Ardelean, Mia Fiegelist and Abbey Reeser--complete the race before Cumberland's first runner crossed the finish line.
ARE THEY CLARIVOYANT?: After finishing sixth in the conference last season, the RedHawks were the No. 5 ranked team in the MAC Preseason Coaches Poll. Kent State was tabbed as the preseason favorite. Miami has the ability to finish higher than fifth if their two sophomores, Carol Eckerly and Jennie Stoll can continue to improve in their second season and if Miami can get consistently higher finishes from its group of seniors. Ceronie expects Kristen Proach, a junior walk-on last season, to emerge in her senior season and provide depth behind his top two runners, Eckerly and Stoll.
RELOADING, NOT REBUILDING: Head coach Richard Ceronie returns his top nine runners from last season, and he did not lose any letterwinners to graduation. The RedHawks have a mixture of youth and veteran experience as five freshman and four seniors comprise Ceronie's top nine. Besides Stoll and Eckerly, Miami's sophomore class includes Tricia Frisella, Mia Fiegelist and Sarah Henize. The four member senior class includes Kelly Ardelean, Kristen Proach, Leslie McCue and Abby Reeser.
2004 RECAP: In 2004, Miami finished sixth in the Mid-American Conference as Carol Eckerly (seventh) and Jennie Stoll (19th) paced the RedHawks. Miami began its season by winning its first three meets--the Dayton Flyer Invitational, the Miami Invitational and the Cedarville Invitational--and the young RedHawks' squad that featured six freshman placed 12th at the Great Lakes Regional. Stoll was the top finisher (12th) at the regional meet while Eckerly was the only Miami runner to earn MAC honors (second-team) by virtue of her seventh-place finish at the conference meet.