'Hawks End Music City Challenge

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Feb. 10, 2018

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NASHVILLE – Miami University track & field wrapped up their time at Vanderbilt with several personal bests and a few top-five finishes Saturday.

Miami’s top finish on the women’s side came thanks to Olivia Bechtel in the 400m. Bechtel, who ran the event at last year’s Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships and has already qualified for it at this year’s, ran a personal-best 55.28 to finish fourth. The mark bumped her from fifth in the conference to third.

Claire Linn turned in a solid PR in the mile as well. Linn, who has been creeping toward a sub-five minute, beat her previous college best by three seconds with a 5:04.57. Senior Alex Cameron crossed a few seconds after Linn with a 5:08.45. She finished 14th.

Miami’s men’s distance crew showed up for the 3000m, placing three runners in the top-five. Sean Torpy led the pack with an 8:13.41 in just his second time running the event. Shortly behind him came senior Jake Brumfield with his fourth-place-worthy 8:17.52. Senior Ben Metzger rounded out the top-five with an 8:20.32. All three PR’d in the event.

The women’s team ran two in the unseeded heat of the 3000m and one in the seeded heat. Running in the seeded race, Alesha Vovk turned in a 9:57.37 to place 16th. Taylor Broermann and Regan Smith ran the unseeded and finished 27th and 36th, respectively. Broermann (10:21.60) and Smith (10:35.68) both had PRs.

In the 400m, Emily Hooker ran an indoor PR to finish second in her heat and 15th overall. Her time of 55.41 makes her fifth in Miami history and qualifies her for the conference meet. Zoe Hunt also ran, turning in a 58.33 to take 35th.

The weekend concluded with the women’s 4x400m. Miami’s contingent of Kalliopi Kountouri, Sarah Bruns, Emily Hooker, and Olivia Bechtel placed fourth with a near-season-best 3:43.53.

The RedHawks will be back in action next week, competing at the Buckeye Tune-Up at Ohio State on Friday and Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame on Saturday.