'Hawks to Resume Indoor Season at Kentucky Relays

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Jan. 10, 2018

OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University track & field begins its second leg of the indoor season following a three-week break for the holidays. Their first action of 2018 will come on Jan. 13-14 at the Kentucky Relays. The team will focus on shaking the dust off and seeing where everyone ended up after break.

“This early in the year we are looking for something very simple,” said Assistant Head Coach Russ Peterson. “We have worked hard in the fall and maintained our speed and strength levels over winter break and it needs to show in our competition.”

He went on, saying, “I don’t expect any personal bests, but all the athletes should be in the mix to represent Miami and themselves well.”

One RedHawk poised to represent themselves well is Olivia Bechtel. The sophomore picked up right where she left off from her MAC Freshman of the Year outdoor campaign by setting a PR in the 300m at the BGSU Opener in December.

At Bowling Green, two ‘Hawks – Rachel Kotchman and Kalliopi Kountouri – netted individual first-place finishes. Kotchman ran a 2:17.88 in the 800m to grab her first collegiate victory. Kountouri, running in the 600m, placed first with a 1:37.57.

The third Miami victory came on the backs of Sara Bruns, Emily Hooker, Zoe Hunt, and Gabby Maslowski in the 4x400. Their 3:57.63 edged out Bowling Green’s ‘A’ team by just one-tenth of a second. Bruns and Hooker will join Bechtel for Saturday’s 4x400m. Hunt, Kotchman, Kountouri, and Morgan Rice will race in a second group. Hooker will also run in the 600m – an event in which she ranked 79th in the country last season. She is the lone returning RedHawk who ranked in the top-100 for an event last year.

Six distance ‘Hawks will be making their season debut after running cross country this fall: Claire Linn, Maegan Murphy, Christina Nash, Haley Sandvik, Maria Scavuzzo, and Alesha Vovk. All will run the mile with the exception of Vovk, who will take on the 3000m. A seventh distance runner, Gabrielle Hesslau, will be running for the first time in the Red & White. Hesslau, a graduate student, is a transfer from the University of Miami. She will also run the mile.

On the field side of things, Clare Cartheuser, Danielle Collier, and Jannie Kamara will compete in throws. Cartheuser will do the weight throw, Kamara the shot put, and Collier both.

Cartheuser and Collier will be the first RedHawks in action on Friday, competing in the weight throw at 6:30 p.m. Junior Molly Balcer will open Saturday up with the high jump. A full recap will be available following the conclusion of each day’s events.