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Miami travels to Stanford, UVa, OSU

By Ben Blanchard, Sports Editor

The Miami University track and field program competed in three highly competitive meets this weekend; the Virginia Challenge, Stanford Twilight and the Jesse Owens Classic.

The majority of the RedHawks traveled to the Jesse Owens Classic hosted by Ohio State, while a trio of Miami's top distance runners traveled to Stanford and a small squad of female throwers competed at Virginia.

At Stanford, senior distance standout Joe Stewart qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the 5,000m in 14:04.40, a personal best by ten seconds. This finish was good enough for eighth overall in a field of the top collegiate and post-collegiate runners in the country.

"The meet went great, I'm really happy to have qualifying times in both the 5,000m and 10,000m now. Definitely a lot of stress and weight off my shoulders" Stewart said.

Stewart's performance places him second in the Mid-American Conference rankings and automatically qualifies him for the conference meet. Nationally, the senior ranks 68th in the NCAA and 36th in the East region. With this performance, Stewart now owns the eighth fastest 10,000m in Miami history.

In the 1500m, Miami competed in both the men and women's races.

On the women's side, senior Laura Bess finished in 4:27.17 for 21st overall, moving her to fourth in the Mid-American Conference this year. This moves her to 79th in the NCAA region.

In the stacked men's race, junior Andrew Dusing finished 16th overall in 3:46.08. This moves Dusing to second in the MAC and 41st in the NCAA East region, right on the edge of qualifying. Additionally, Dusing climbs a spot on Miami's top-10 all time rankings to seventh all-time.

The majority of RedHawks travelled to Columbus this weekend for the Jesse Owens Classic, a competitive meet featuring numerous national powerhouses, as well as several MAC programs.

Senior Kathie Wollney earned a personal best in the 400m hurdles with a time of 59.92, good enough for fourth overall. This ranks her third in the MAC.

"It was a good meet, I'm happy I set a personal record but I was definitely looking to take a little more time off. I'm glad I got to see some MAC people that I'll be racing at the end of the year that I hadn't seen yet, so hopefully that will be beneficial when the postseason begins" Wollney said.

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In the 100m hurdles, junior Alexus Jimson-Miller took fourth in 13.79.

Senior Peter Stefanski was the highest finishing RedHawk of the weekend, tying for second in the high jump with a leap of 6-9.75.

In Virginia, freshman Danielle Collier finished seventh in the javelin with a mark of 129-2. Junior Ashley Frahm finished eighth in the shot put with a heave of 45-0.25.

MU returns to action at home on the Rider Track Friday at the RedHawk Invitational.