Miami starts season with third place finish in Dayton Flyer Challenege
Published: Monday, September 2, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 2, 2013 23:09
The Miami University men’s cross country team opened their season with a third place finish at the Dayton Flyer 5K Challenge.
Miami finished third behind runners up Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the champion for the last two years, Ohio State University. Despite the third place finish, Senior Dave Wing placed second overall for the RedHawks. Ohio State, Miami and IUPUI controlled the race, as 15 of the top 16 finishers were from those schools.
It’s possible Miami could have done better, but tied for first with 500 meters to go, senior Matt Moral’s luck ran out as he fell while crossing a creek bed. It had rained heavily in the area the night before, making racing conditions less than ideal. After the fall, Moral went on to finish sixth.
True freshmen Steven Biebelhausen finished third for Miami and 14th overall for the meet, an accomplishment that impressed Wing.
“It was awesome for a freshmen,” Wing said. “Shows a lot of potential. Definitely the highlight of the day.”
Miami also saw strong performances from sophomore Matt Stewart, who finished 15th, and redshirt sophomore Ryan Moncrieff who finished just behind him in 16th.
The RedHawks were missing some key runners for the meet due to injury. Redshirt junior Daniel Garleb sat out the race because he wasn’t feeling 100 percent going into it. Sophomore Joe Stewart also didn’t open his season as recovers from a case of Mono he developed earlier in the summer.
Miami’s times may have dropped off due to the wetness of the course and the resulting humidity, but head coach Warren Mandrell is not concerned.
“Times don’t mean a whole lot in cross country,” Mandrell said. “They ran very solid relative to everyone else and that’s what counts.”
The ’Hawks now head back into training for a week before racing again next Saturday as they host the Miami Invitational.