The men and women track and field teams began their outdoor campaign in a split-squad effort this past Saturday. The RedHawks ran at home for the Miami Duals and sent runners to the Stanford Invitational, the San Francisco State University Distance Carnival and the Oliver Nikoloff Open at the University of Cincinnati on Friday.
Competing against Kent State, Morehead State, Wright State, and Oakland, both teams were victorious. The men had a 311-point victory while the women had a 309 total in their four duals.
The men’s distance team took home victories in the 1500-meters, 3000-meters, and the 3000-meter steeple. Junior Jake Brumfield won the steeple by over 10 seconds in a time of nine minutes and 28 seconds. According to milesplit.com, Brumfield’s time is the sixth fastest time by an Ohio collegiate runner this year.
The freshmen made a statement during the 3000-meters in this young season, taking the top four finishes. Junior Ryan Pinter would win in eight minutes and 33 seconds, third fastest by an Ohio collegiate runner. The freshmen placed four runners in the top-10.
Freshman Danny Reynolds ran an 8:51 and was excited by his teammates’ performances.
“Our freshmen class is really starting to develop and a lot of quick times are going to be dropped soon,” Reynolds said.
Freshman Christopher Torpy continued the trend by winning the 1500-meters in three minutes and 56 seconds.
The sprints were also led by the freshmen, as Jeremiah Hunter took second in the 200-meters in 21.96 seconds and third in the 100-meters in 11.05 seconds. Ivan Dye took third in the 400-meters in 50.21 seconds.
Senior Jake Owens earned 14 points for the ‘Hawks by taking second in the 400-meters and third in the 200-meters.
The men’s field events were led by senior Grant Cole’s long jump of 23-feet and five-inches, 30 inches farther than second place. Sophomore Brock Downey took second with a six-foot three-inch long jump.
The women sprinters took victories in the 400-meters, 200-meters, 100-meter hurdles, and 400-meter hurdles. Freshman Olivia Bechtel won two events with a 55.99 seconds 400-meters and a 24.73 seconds 200-meters.
Senior Lauren Hoover and freshman Claire Linn went second and third in the 1500-meters. Hoover ran in four minutes and 46 seconds and Linn followed in four minutes and 47 seconds.
The javelin throwers went one through three in their event, led by sophomore Danielle Collier. Freshmen Cailyn Etgen and Hannah Falcione went second and third in the long jump with jumps of 17-feet and seven-inches and 17-feet and six-inches.
Senior Arionna Darling’s shot put toss of 48-feet and one-inch was good for second place.
“I have a mark for the outdoor season and ready to keep moving forward and progressing in my throws,” Darling said.
Outside of Oxford, junior Ben Metzger ran a 10-kilometer personal best in 30:51 which took home first at the Oliver Nikoloff Open on Friday.
Zack McBride took 10th in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational in nine minutes and 32 seconds.
Andrew Dusing dropped major time in the five-kilometer race at the San Francisco State University Distance Carnival with 14:10 — a 14 second personal record.
Dusing was pleased with “starting off on the right foot” and his teammates’ performances as well.
The full team will be back together at the University of Alabama for the Crimson Tide Invitational. The two-day event starts on Friday, April 7.