Cross country finishes in top three at MAC Championships

At home and in the cold, the Miami men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished in the top three at the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Cross Country Championships for the first time since 2012. Led by sophomore David Coffey’s fourth place finish in 24 minutes and 38 seconds, the men, as projected, finished second to defending champion Eastern Michigan. Coffey moved up ten places from the 2016 MAC Cross Country Championships and secured a First-Team All-MAC placing. “David Coffey has been really solid for us this year,” Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Tom Chorny said in a post-race...

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Women’s basketball returns top players for exhibition

The Miami Women’s Basketball team will be looking to improve on their mediocre 11-21 record from last season this Thursday at home in an exhibition game against Central State University. Though under new head coach Megan Duffy, the RedHawks are returning all of their rostered players, including standout sophomore guard Lauren Dickerson. Dickerson was named to the preseason All-MAC East Division team, coming off a season where she led the team with 16.3 points per game. The RedHawks complete their strong backcourt with junior guard Leah Purvis, a strong shooter from outside, who was second on the team in 3-point field goals last season. Leading the frontcourt is 6’0” junior forward Kendall McCoy, a strong defender who averaged a team high six rebounds per-game last year. McCoy improved her performance in conference play, averaging 9.7 points and 7.1 rebounds against MAC opponents. In the annual Mid-American Conference coaches’ poll, the ‘Hawks were predicted to land in fourth place by the end of the year, giving them plenty of opportunity to surprise doubters of the young roster. Miami’s season tips off Thursday at 7...

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Revamped men’s basketball roster ready for exhibition

This Sunday November 5 at 2 p.m., the basketball RedHawks take on the Maryville Saints in an exhibition at Millett Hall. This matchup marks the first ever meeting between these two programs and will provide a preview for ‘Hawks fans of what can be expected from RedHawk basketball in the upcoming season. Many may not be familiar with Maryville University,  a small Division III school from St. Louis, MO. After a 9-21 season last year, the Saints hired Marc Stricker, a St. Louis native and formerly an assistant at Oral Roberts University. With this new hire, the Saints are in a similar spot with the ’Hawks — both teams will experience growing pains under new coaches but are undoubtedly excited for this pre-season test against one another. This matchup will also provide an early test for new Miami head coach Jack Owens. Last season, Miami went a disappointing 11-21 but were 10-8 at home. Six freshmen and three transfers join the six returning ’Hawks in hopes to generate offensive chemistry. Keep an eye on senior forward Logan McLane, who averaged 11.8 points per game last season, and led the RedHawks with 6.5 rebounds per...

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Best runners in the MAC head to Oxford

The postseason begins for Miami cross country teams at home on October 28th for the Mid-American Conference Championship. With a promising regular season, the question lies ahead how the RedHawks stack up against the best of the MAC. In last year’s race at Kent State University, the women finished seventh with 145 points and an average time of 22 minutes and 14 seconds. Now-senior Maria Scavuzzo led the team by placing fifth individually with her time of 21 minutes and ten seconds. Yet, there is reason to be optimistic due to the strides over one season. This year, ten runners have times faster 23 minutes in the six-kilometer, where last year there was only seven. Noticeable improvements have come from sophomore Carly Davis and senior Sarah Starrett, which were seen mainly at the NCAA Division I Pre-Nationals. Davis ran a personal best by over 25 seconds in her first race leading the RedHawks, while Starrett — the team’s fourth finisher — set a personal best by over 30 seconds. As for racing at home, Starrett believes it will give them an advantage. “We’re all ready for a great race on a course we know and love,” she said. “We’ve worked out on this course many times so we shouldn’t be surprised in any way and as long as we remember to race as a team, I think we’ll be...

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Miami University, Myaamia Tribe announce new collaboration

Miami University and the Miami Tribe have announced a new collaborative awareness platform, beginning this month. The agreement, which centers around a jointly designed logo, was officially signed on Oct. 21 by University President Greg Crawford and Miami Tribe Chief Douglas Lankford. Both were present for a ceremonial coin toss before Miami’s football game against Buffalo to celebrate. The goal of the collaboration is to shine light on the rich history of the tribe and the university’s relationship with it, which remains widely unknown to the general public. The relationship between the university and tribe started in the 1970s...

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