ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of Miami track and field program got off to a strong start in the New Mexico Classic Friday night.
"Tonight we came out and competed with a lot of confidence and poise," said Amy Deem, Miami's Director of Track and Field and Cross Country.
Sophomore Taneisha Cordell and junior Alaine Tate led off the big day by finishing first and second in the women's 600m run. Cordell came out on top with a time of 1:31.61, but Tate was right behind her, finishing in 1:32.00.
"Taneisha ran an aggressive race from the start to finish and shattered the meet record," Deem said.
Freshman Lea Johnson continued the success on the women's side, finishing as the runner-up in the women's weight throw with a distance of 61' 6.25". The throw was good enough to place fourth on Miami's all-time list.
"Lea is competing like we want all our athletes to compete," Deem said. "She is getting better with each throw and I believe that she is setting herself up for a tremendous finish to the season."
Sophomore Phillip Dorsett was Miami's first male athlete to earn accolades Friday, winning the 200m dash with a time of 21.69 seconds.
"I thought Phillip ran extremely well in his first 200 since high school and his first ever on a banked track," Deem said.
Sophomore Davin Johnson also turned in a solid performance, finishing the 400m in 50.40 seconds to take third place in the event.
Sophomore Jokira Jiles also stepped up for the women, running the 200m in 24. 52 seconds. The time placed her fourth in the race, but ranked first among Miami female athletes this season.
Sophomore Sean Pezzulo ran the 5000m in 15:25.59, setting a personal record while finishing fourth in the race.
Dakota Dailey Harris also had a strong showing, finishing second in the women's high jump. The freshman cleared 5' 10", a season-best for Miami track and field.
The Hurricanes are back in action in Day 2 of the New Mexico Classic on Saturday. The action kicks off with the women's shot put at noon ET.
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