Feb. 19, 2011
BEXLEY, Ohio - Led by three victories in distance events from a pair of sophomores and a senior, the Miami University men’s track and field team finished up its indoor season by taking second place at the Rick Meindl Last Call, hosted by Capital University at the Capital Center Fieldhouse. The meet was Miami’s third of three indoor meets allowed by NCAA rules in preparation for its outdoor season.
The RedHawks racked up 112 points while Tiffin won the meet title with 159.5 points. Kentucky State took third with 69.5 points while Otterbein was fourth with 58.5 points.
For the second straight week sophomore Jarrod Eick (Hartville, Ohio) was victorious, winning the 1000m run in 2:31.88 while freshman Wade Coffin (Willoughby, Ohio) was just behind in second in 2:32.50. Sophomore Matt Marol (Evanston, Ill.) took first in the 3000m run in a personal-best 8:49.40 while freshman Jeff Denny (Colerain, Ohio) crossed in third in 9:34.07. Senior Robbie Fisher (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) was the third winner on the track, taking the mile run title in 4:21.99, winning by nearly seven seconds.
Senior Justinn Eddie (Cleveland, Ohio) took third in the 60m dash in a season-best 7.07 seconds after qualifying for the finals as the second seed.
On the field side of things, senior David Serrano (Pickerington, Ohio) was the runner-up in the high jump, clearing 1.99m/6-6.25. His height tied with Tiffin’s Travis LeFlore, but LeFlore got the 10 points for clearing it first. In the pole vault, junior Matt Rudin (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) took second with a vault of 4.71m/15-5.5 while sophomore Sam Wildeman (Naperville, Ill.) placed fifth by clearing 4.41m/14-5.5.
Freshman Sam Spallinger (Pandora, Ohio) captured third place in the long jump with a distance of 6.78m/22-3. In the triple jump, sophomore John Cantwell (Holland, Pa.) placed third with a personal-best leap of 13.70m/44-11.5 while senior Matt Losi (Buffalo, N.Y.) was fifth, jumping 13.38m/43-10.75. Freshman Rob Stein (Villa Park, Ill.) was fourth in the shot put with a personal-best heave of 15.82m/51-11.
The RedHawks are now off until they begin their outdoor campaign March 25-26 at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold meet in Nashville, Tenn.