By Harrison Schwartz, The Miami Student
The Miami University track and field team is hosting its second home meet in as many weeks at the All-Ohio Championship Saturday. Almost 700 competitors from universities in Ohio, including Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati will travel to Miami this weekend.
The men's squad hopes to build momentum after finishing third overall in the Miami Invitational last weekend.
Head coach Warren Mandrell said he is preparing the team like he would for any other competition.
"We just try to get out there and compete hard," said Mandrell. "Every weekend is just another adventure."
Senior javelin thrower Tyler Yee looks to continue his recent success after placing first at the Miami Invitational. Freshman Grant Cole, who is usually a long jumper, will compete in the decathlon, which consists of 10 events over two days.
After a break from competition, junior runner Joe Stewart returns to action this week as the top seed in the 5k.
On the women's side, head coach Kelly Phillips expects her team to rebound strongly after a disappointing finish in the Miami Invitational.
"I expect the team to perform much better," said Phillips. "I think last weekend was a wakeup call. I think the athletes will respond well because they know they're much better than what they showed at the Invitational."
For the first time this season, senior runner Anna Lamb returns to the track in the 10k run. Junior shot putter Amelia Strickler looks to extend her winning streak after winning her events in last two meets. Sophomore runner Briah Owens and freshman runner Kylie Goldsmith are set to compete in the 100-meter dash after finishing first and third, respectively, in the Miami Invitational.
The All-Ohio Championship begins 2 p.m. Friday with the decathlon at Ryder Track. Competition resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday.