OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University track and field team will again be split up entering the fourth week of the outdoor season. The women's throwers and men's distance runners will be off to the University of Virginia for the Virginia Challenge, while the Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State will be the destination for the sprinters, hurdlers, and jumpers.
To compete in shot put at Virginia will be seniors Amelia Strickler, Arionna Darling, and Ashley Frahm. Senior Martha Szekely, currently ranked second in the Mid-American Conference in hammer throw, will go down with the goal of surpassing her career-best 190-10 she set at last week's All-Ohio Championships. Competing in javelin will be sophomore Danielle Collier, junior Aaryn Gray, and senior Tessa Brooks, all of whom rank in the top-six in the MAC. With a PR 159-0 at the All-Ohio Championships, Collier finds herself at the top of all throwers.
Seniors Andrew Dusing and Stephen Biebelhausen will join freshmen Sean Torpy and Christopher Torpy in Virginia's men's 1500m, while senior Zackery McBride and junior Matthew Bromley will run the men's 3000m steeple. The 1500m contingent will also group up for the 4x1 and possible even the 4x400m.
At Ohio State, senior Alexus Jimson-Miller will look to surpass he personal-best 100m hurdles time of 12.46 set at the All-Ohio Championships. She currently ranks second in the MAC for her specialty. Her hurdle counterparts on the men's side - senior Vincent Minosky and sophomore Aaron Muresan - rank second and third in the MAC in 400m hurdles, respectively. Muresan set career PRs in both the 110m and 400m hurdles at All-Ohio.
Freshman sprinter Jeremiah Hunter continues to impress, setting and then surpassing career marks with each passing week. All-Ohio saw him finishing first in the 200m (21.80) and second in the 100m (10.69) - both new PRs.
Women's hammer will begin each event on Friday, with the Virginia Challenge starting at 11 a.m. and the Jesse Owens getting under way at 2 p.m. Live results for Virginia will be available here. A full recap will be made available following each day of competition.