Kaczka leads T&F at New Mexico Classic
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Miami Track & Field set records in the final day of competition at the New Mexico Classic.
Greg Kaczka set a new school record in the mile, finishing in 4:08.22. The senior built off his personal best two weeks ago at the Auburn Invitational to finish fifth overall in the men's mile at New Mexico.
"I thought Greg ran a real tough race," said Amy Deem, Miami's Director of Track and Field and Cross Country. "He ran tough from start to finish. I'm happy for him to get the school record."
Isaiah Simmons continued his strong season. After placing second in the two previous meets, the redshirt freshman won the men's shot put for the first time in his young career. Simmons' throw of 58' 8" traveled nearly six feet further than the second place finisher.
"I'm really proud of Isaiah," Deem said. "He's performing really well and it was a good win for him. We look for him to do really good things in the coming weeks."
Junior Alaine Tate had a strong showing in New Mexico. A day after finishing second in the 600m, Tate finished second in the women's 800m run with a time of 2:10.91.
"Alaine has been running strong for us," Deem said. "I thought she had a good weekend. Getting second behind Taneisha last night in the 600 and running tough again today in the 800, I'm proud of what she did."
Jamika Glades also stepped up for the women, placing fifth in the 60m hurdles. The freshman, who ran the hurdles in 8.64 seconds, finished three-tenths of a second behind the winner.
Junior Alyssa McClure, who won her preliminary 60m heat, finished fifth in the final with a time of 7.51 seconds. Senior All-American Samantha Williams placed fourth overall in the woman's triple jump with a mark of 40' 9.75".
A pair of Miami football stars also made an impact in New Mexico. A day after winning the men's 200m, Phillip Dorsett finished third in the 60m final with a personal-best time of 6.80 seconds.
Freshman Duke Johnson made his collegiate track debut and won his preliminary heat in the 60m. The football standout qualified for the final, where he posted a time of 6.98 seconds.
Innocent Jacob and John-Patrick Friday both finished in the top 10 in the men's long jump. Jacob's distance of 23' ranked sixth, while Friday covered 22' 4.25" to finish ninth. Timothy Richardson finished 12th with a distance of 22' 2.25".
While Deem was pleased with Miami's performance overall, she would like to see the Hurricanes maintain their intensity level more consistently.
"I thought we had a lot of intensity," Deem said. "We performed very well the first day, but we need to improve on our finish the second day. I want to see us have that same intensity throughout the meet and not just one day."
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