Women's Track & Field Takes Fourth at All-Ohio Championships
Jan. 22, 2011
KENT, Ohio - Posting nine top-five individual finishes Saturday, the Miami University women's track and field team finished in fourth place at the two-day All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Kent State University and held at the Kent State Field House.
The RedHawks competed against 16 teams in the state of Ohio, including 10 Division I schools and five other Mid-American Conference schools. Miami totaled 71 points, finishing .2 behind third-place Kent State while Cincinnati won the meet with 119 points. MAC foe Akron was second while the `Hawks finished ahead of MAC members Toledo (fifth, 69 points), Bowling Green (eighth, 30 points) and Ohio (10th, 23 points).
Junior Rachel Patterson (Rochester, Mich.) led the way for the `Hawks, earning eight points by taking runner-up honors in the 5000m run in 17:10,90, missing first place by just one second to Dayton's Maureen Bulgrin. Already the school record holder in the event, Patterson's time was the eighth best in school history.
Other strong finishes in the distance events included a fourth-place showing from senior Katie Lenahan (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the mile run with a time of 5:06.11 and a fifth-place finish from classmate Kelley Miller (Dublin, Ohio) in the 800m in 2:14.16. Sophomore Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio) was fourth as well in the 400m in a personal-best 56.59, which ranks her eighth in school history. Miami's 4x400m relay team of juniors Rachael Clay (Rossford, Ohio) and Tasha Profit (Chicago, Ill.), senior Ruth Rasch (Bellbrook, Ohio) and Miller then combined to place fourth in a season-best 3:56.44.
The RedHawks placed two finalists in both the 60m dash and the 60m hurdles as junior Diona Graves (Fenton, Mo.) took fourth in the 60m dash in 7.72 while freshman Ariel Johnson (Cincinnati, Ohio) was two spots back in sixth in a personal-best 7.86. Graves also placed fifth in the 200m dash in a Miami season-best 25.32. In the 60m hurdles, sophomore Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished fifth in a season-best 8.74 while freshman Xerina Hughey (Galloway, Ohio) was seventh in a personal-best 8.96.
In the field events, senior Magda Wikar (Winnetka, Ill.) posted a third-place finish in the triple jump with a personal-best leap of 11.63m/38-2, which ranks her eighth in school history. Classmate Hope Alexander (Wilmington, Del.) was sixth with a jump of 11.18m/36-8.25 while junior Krista Stillson (Naperville, Ill.) took ninth in the event. Wikar also claimed fifth in the long jump, covering a season-best distance of 5.44m/17-10.25, as she combined to earn 10 points for Miami between the two events.
Sophomore Alexandra Roberts (Hilliard, Ohio), the school record-holder in the shot put, finished sixth in the event with a toss of 14.23m/46-8.25, as she competed for the first time all season.
The RedHawks return to action next weekend, Jan. 28-29, at the Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind.