Red and White run over competition at Mastodon Opener

Reis Thebault, For The Miami Student The Miami University women’s Track and Field team started the indoor season off with a bang, winning 10 events and setting personal records at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Mastodon Opener on Saturday. The RedHawk women dominated the competition, which included IPFW, Valparaiso University, Oakland University and several unattached runners, placing first in all but six events. “We are a much better team than we were a year ago,” Head Coach Kelly Phillips said. “Everyone threw farther, jumped farther and ran faster than last for.” However, the ‘Hawks work is not done yet. The Mastodon Opener serves as a gauge for the RedHawks. It lets the team know what it is doing well and what it needs to work on during winter break. Phillips is optimistic about her team. “If they do what they should do over Christmas, it should be a great season,” Phillips said. “We have a couple people that could do really well and qualify for nationals. It could be a great run.” The RedHawks have the next month off for finals and winter break and look to build on their success Jan. 18 at the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana.

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