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 was.” It is readily apparent that her diligence paid off, as she tallied a 17.07m toss in the weight throw, setting a personal record and moving her up to third in Miami’s record books. Alexandra Roberts, a redshirt senior, rounded out a strong showing for ‘Hawks throwers, recording a 14.69m throw in the shot put. Miami’s runners also proved to be a force to be reckoned with. They claimed the top four spots in the 60-meter hurdles, the top seven in the one-mile run and the top four in the 3000 meter run, among other first place finishes. Junior Ashley Zaper contributed to the record-setting day, as she set or tied her personal best in all three events she competed in; high jump, 60m hurdles and shot put. “I haven’t jumped that since my freshman year,” Zaper said....

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