May 14, 2004
OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University's women's track & field team moved into fifth place and poised itself for a day-three push with eight qualifiers overfive events on day two of the 2004 MAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Oxford. The RedHawks have 37 points after two days of competition, while Ball State has jumped to the lead with 48.
The Red and White benefited from four scorers over three scored events on the day, including senior Andrea Kremer (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard) in the 3,000m steeplechase and two 'Hawks in the long jump. The defending champion in the steeplechase, Kremer took second with a time of 10:27.17. In the long jump, freshman phenom Lashonda Davis (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) took second with a leap of 19-4 1/4, one inch out of first. Senior Bernitta Johnson (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./GAR Memorial) took seventh in the event, for two points, clearing 18-9 1/4.
Senior Lauren Collins (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) rounded out the Red and White scorers, with a fourth-place finish in the shot put. After successfully defending her MAC crown in the hammer throw yesterday, Collins scored five points with a throw of 48-4 3/4.
Miami put three sprinters in tomorrow's 100m finals and another two in the 400m hurdles in its attempt to catch first-place BSU. Davis was the top qualifier in the 100m with a time of 11.79, which she ran in between attempts in the long jump pit. She was followed by fellow frosh Jamila Johnson (Syracuse, N.Y./Nottingham) in fourth with a time of 12.03 and Bernitta Johnson close behind in seventh with 12.06. In the 400m hurdles,
After entering the day in first place, Akron dropped to fourth place (38.5 points), with Central Michigan (45) and Kent State (44) filling the third and fourth positions. Following Miami in sixth place is Buffalo (28) and Bowling Green (22), Western Michigan (15), defending-champion Eastern Michigan (14.5) and Toledo (11) round out the top 10.
Among the remaining qualifiers for the RedHawks was senior Erin Connolly (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee), who is looking to successfully defend her 100m hurdles conference championship after qualifying fourth with a time of 13.88. Seniors Erika Harper (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) and Jenny Korrison (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) qualified in the 400m and 800m, respectively. Harper posted a time of 54.81 in qualifying fourth, while Korrison took sixth in 2:14.22.
The third and final day of the 2004 MAC Championships gets underway at 10:30 a.m. with the triple jump. Aside from the finals of today's events, Saturday also features relays, the discus, high jump and 5,000m.