Men's Track and Field Heads to Cincinnati Invitational Senior Dan Huling Senior Dan Huling

March 30, 2006

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After a solid showing at last weekend's Wake Forest Invitational, the Miami University men's track and field team travels to the Cincinnati Invitational April 1. Miami seeks to ride the momentum of five individual victories at Wake Forest when it heads to Gettler Stadium in Cincinnati. The field events will kick off at 11 a.m., with the track events slated for 2 p.m.

HULING RESETS STEEPLECHASE RECORD: In the first outdoor meet of the season at Wake Forest, senior Dan Huling broke his own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, turning in a first-place and stadium-record time of 8:41.53. He bested his previous top time of 8:43.59, set last season at the NCAA MidEast Regional meet. Huling's performance continued his streak of three consecutive meets where he has set a new school record. He previously set new Miami records in the mile run (Hoosier Hills Invite; Feb 18) and the 3,000 meters (U.S. Indoor Nationals; Feb. 26) during the indoor season.

HULING NAMED TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: After resetting his own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Dan Huling was named the Mid-American Conference's Track Athlete of the Week (March 28). In the RedHawks' first outdoor track and field meet of the season, Huling clocked in with a first-place and Kentner Stadium record time of 8:41.53 in the steeplechase. The time bested his own Miami record time of 8:43.59, set at last season's NCAA MidEast Regional. Huling's performance also was a regional-qualifying time -- Miami's first of the season -- as he eclipsed the regional steeplechase standard of 9:07.00.

WE'RE GOING THE DISTANCE: Miami's distance runners turned in noteworthy performances at the Wake Forest Invitational as seniors Dan Huling (3K Steeplechase) and Chris Swisher (3,00 meters) and freshman Pat Sovacool (1,500 meters) notched three of Miami's five individual wins. Huling clocked in with a school-record time in the steeplechase (8:41.53), while Swisher lead a quartet of RedHawks who placed in the top four in the 3,000 meters (8:33.80). Sovacool also added a top time of 3:55.60 in the 1,500 meters.

LAST TIME OUT - WAKE FOREST INVITATIONAL (MARCH 24-25): In its first outdoor meet of the season, Miami had five different athletes post individual wins at the Wake Forest Invitational. Senior Dan Huling (3K Steeplechase), senior Chris Swisher (3,00 meters) and freshman Pat Sovacool (1,500 meters) all tallied top finishes in the track events, while juniors Jake Kuhner (pole vault) and Tom Herrmann (high jump) added first-place showings in the field events.

INDOOR WRAP UP: During the indoor season, Miami competed in three indoor meets and set two new school records in the mile run and 3,000 meters. Senior Dan Huling was responsible for setting both school records as he broke the mile-run mark (4:02.72) at the Hoosier Hills Invitational (Feb. 17) and the 3,000-meter mark (8:06.38) at the U.S. Indoor Nationals (Feb. 26). Miami also sent senior Ceith Creekmur to the U.S. Indoor Combined Events Championships (March 6) as he placed eighth in the heptathlon (5,040 points). While none of Miami's three indoor meets were team scored, the RedHawks were impressive in their final indoor meet at Denison (Feb. 25), winning 11-of-14 events and having nine different athletes post individual victories.

RECORD BREAKER: Senior Dan Huling followed up his All-America cross country season by setting two new school records during the indoor track and field season. Huling broke of two of Mike Hallabrin's Miami standards in the mile run and 3,000 meters, both set in 1984. Huling ran the mile at the Hoosier Hills Invitational (Feb. 17) in 4:02.72, besting the previous school-record time of 4:04.40, and he followed by running the 3,000 meters at the US Indoor Nationals (Feb. 26) in 8:06.38, breaking the old Miami mark of 8:12.91.

RETURNING REDHAWKS: Led by 15 seniors, including three of the top distance runners in the Mid-American Conference, Miami boasts a veteran squad that seeks to improve on last season's fourth-place conference finish. Miami's trio of seniors in the distance events--Dan Huling, David Mitchell and Chris Swisher--are three of the top seniors, as all three have previously earned all-conference honors in both cross country and track and field. In addition, senior hurdler Bobby Houston and decathlete Ceith Creekmur are two of the conference's top returnees in their respective events as Houston (3rd in 400 meter hurdles) and Creekmur (2nd in decathlon) both medaled at last season's MAC Championships. Overall, head coach Warren Mandrell and the RedHawks return 24 letterwinners and three regional qualifiers from last season's team, including Huling, the 2005 Mid-American Conference Champion in the 5,000 meters.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE POINTS: The RedHawks return 12 athletes who scored points at last season's MAC Championship, including 5,000 meter MAC Champion Dan Huling. Miami lost only two point scorers from last season's fourth-place team (Erik Reynolds and Jake Dunkleberger), and six conference medalists return for the 2006 season. Miami welcomes back silver medal winners Chris Swisher (5,000 meters) and Ceith Creekmur (decathlon), along with broze medalists Rob Prechtl (javelin), Chris Skaggs (pole vault), Bobby Houston (400-meter hurdles) and Swisher (1,500 meters).