Multiple RedHawks compete indoors at Golden Flash Gala
Former RedHawk standout Ceith Creekmur enters his sixth season as an assistant coach at his alma mater in 2011-12, after completing a four-year track and field career in Oxford. An All-Mid-American Conference decathlete and three-time conference point-scorer, Creekmur coaches the throws, pole vault and multi-events for the Red and White.
Last year, Creekmur guided four of his athletes to earn berths in the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds while two, Michael McCarty (decathlon) and Adam Ruiz (shot put), earned All-MAC honors with runner-up finishes at the MAC Championships. In 2010, under Creekmur's tutelage, John Gausmann earned a berth in the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the discus after posting the seventh-best throw in school history. In the last two years, 10 of Creekmur's athletes have posted top-10 marks at Miami, including John Brockman in the javelin with a heave of 204-4 (2010), which is fourth all-time at Miami, and McCarty, with a score of 7,016 in the decathlon to rank fifth in school history.
Creekmur helped guide Kevin Dwyer to the NCAA Championships in back-to-back seasons, as Dwyer claimed 13th in the decathlon in 2009, one place shy of All-America status, and finished 19th in 2008. At the 2009 MAC Championships, seven of Creekmur's athletes scored for the RedHawks.
In 2008, with Creekmur's assistance, high jumper Travis Brumm earned All-Mideast Region honors, as he placed sixth at the regional meet, just missing a spot in the NCAA Championships.
Numerous athletes have also set new career-best performances under Creekmur's tutelage, including thrower Dan Beach, who moved to third on the Miami all-time top-10 list in the hammer throw (194-8) and Rob Prechtl, who ranked seventh all-time in the javelin (194-3) and still ranks ninth. A trio of decathletes have also cracked the top-10 under Creekmur's watch, with Dwyer ranking second (7,453), McCarty fifth (7,016), and Jordan Goffena sixth (6,994), while Creekmur himself sits 10th all-time (6,899).
Familiar with both the Miami program and the MAC, Creekmur was a four-year letterwinner with the RedHawks (2003-06) and finished in the top eight in the decathlon in each of his final three seasons, including a MAC runner-up finish as a junior. A Second-Team All-MAC honoree in 2005, Creekmur also earned MAC Track Athlete of the Week honors on March 22, 2005, after winning the decathlon at the Florida State Invitational.
In his final season in Oxford, Creekmur put the finishing touches on an impressive college career, turning in an eighth-place heptathlon finish at the U.S. Indoor Nationals and a fourth-place decathlon finish at the MAC Championships. In addition to Creekmur's decathlon mark, he also left Miami as the school record holder in the heptathlon with 5,399 points.
A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist All-America honoree as a senior, Creekmur graduated from Miami in May 2006 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. He is currently enrolled in the master's program at Miami in exercise science. Creekmur has earned his Level I certification in the USA Track and Field coaching program.