May 12, 2011
DEKALB, Ill. - Four members of the Miami University men’s track and field team scored points for the RedHawks Thursday on the opening day of the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Northern Illinois, putting Miami in a tie for fifth.
The RedHawks totaled 12 points as they are tied with Buffalo. Akron leads the competition with 40 points while Kent State and Eastern Michigan are tied for second with 18 points.
Junior Matt Rudin (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) placed fifth in the javelin with a throw of 56.01m/183-9 while freshman Taylor Celestin (Mason, Ohio) was eighth with a toss of 52.11m/170-11 as the two combined for five points. Rudin missed half of his six throws as he was also competing in the high jump portion of the decathlon simultaneously, forcing him to run back and forth between venues. Junior John Brockman (Granville, Ohio) showed a gutsy performance by also throwing in the javelin despite being injured, head coach Warren Mandrell said. Brockman finished ninth (49.35m/161-11).
In the 10,000m run, senior Michael Perry (Cincinnati, Ohio) placed fourth with a time of 32:18.68 to earn five points for the ‘Hawks, while sophomore Matt Marol (Evanston, Ill.) was seventh in 32:28.91, gaining an additional two points.
Senior Michael McCarty (Hudson, Ohio) leads the decathlon after the first five events with a day-one personal-best score of 3,901. He also recorded personal bests in the high jump (1.99m/6-6.25) and the 100m dash (10.89), both events he claimed first in, while he was also first in the long jump. Junior Jordan Goffena (Sidney, Ohio) is fourth after the first half of the decathlon, also with a day-one PR of 3,681 points, while Rudin sits in 10th with 3,221 points.
Senior Adam Ruiz (Mascoutah, Ill.) finished 11th in the hammer throw with a heave of 52.18m/171-2 while sophomore Lucas Ferguson (Mount Vernon, Ohio) was right behind in 12th with a season-best toss of 50.59m/166-0.
The three-day MAC Championships resume Friday at 11 a.m. ET (10 a.m. local) at the NIU Track and Field/Soccer Complex.