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Miami track hits the road

By Ben Blanchard, Sports Editor

The Miami University track and field program splits this weekend to compete in three different meets: the Stanford Twilight meet, Jesse Owens Classic and Virginia Challenge.

The RedHawks look to build from a dominant team performance last weekend at the Ball State Challenge, where Miami won 14 events.

Senior long jumper and sprinter Kenny Glenn contributed three of those RedHawk victories, and looks for more of the same this weekend at the Jesse Owens Classic.

"I feel pretty good, winning those events last weekend gave me confidence," Glenn said. "Hopefully I can keep that momentum going this weekend."

Glenn will compete in the 4x100m relay, 100m dash, and long jump. He won the 100m and long jump individually at Ball State, and anchored the 4x100 to victory as well.

Glenn will be joined at the Jesse Owens meet by most of Miami's team, while two small contingents of RedHawks will travel to California and Virginia for the Stanford Twilight and Virginia Challenge meets.

Senior distance star Joe Stewart travels to Stanford with fellow distance runners senior Laura Bess and junior Andrew Dusing. Stewart will compete in his first 5000m race of the season, while Bess and Dusing will look to improve their times in the 1500m.

"I'm really excited to go back to Stanford after performing well there earlier this year. Hopefully all three of us reach our goals, I know we're all excited to get out there and test ourselves against some really tough competition" Stewart said.

At the Stanford Invitational three weeks ago, Stewart finished the 10,000m run in 29:03.79. At the time, this was the fifth fastest time in the NCAA, and now ranks 22nd in the nation.

This is the inaugural Stanford Twilight meet, and was created to give elite national runners a chance to notch NCAA- and Olympic Trials-qualifying marks.

The Miami squad travelling to the Virginia Challenge is an all-throwers team consisting of sophomore Maria Scavuzzo, juniors Arionna Darling and Ashley Fram, and first-years Katie Walters and Danielle Collineer.

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Darling took the shot put title at Ball State with a winning heave of 51-9, Frahm was fourth in 46-2.5, and Walter was fifth in 45-8.5.

All meets begin on Friday and end Saturday. The Jesse Owens Classic begins 2 p.m. at Ohio State, the Stanford Twilight meet begins 2 p.m. in Palo Alto, California, and the Virginia Challenge begins 9 a.m. at the University of Virginia.