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Miami's Women Climb Four Spots to No. 14

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The women of the Miami track and field team continue to climb the rankings to No. 14 in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Poll.

Monday’s ranking is the sixth-straight week the Canes have been ranked this outdoor season and the third time at No. 14, one spot off its highest ranking of the year.

Miami added seven new scored events to climb four spots after last week’s ranking. Four of the seven events are ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA led by Alfreda Steele’s 200m dash time of 22.83 seconds and the 4×100 relay of Lauryn Harris, Steele, Jacious Sears and Tiara McMinn who ran a time of 43.49 seconds, which both ranked No. 6 in the NCAA. Miami’s relay time also tied for the third-fastest time in program history and is the second time this outdoor season the group broke the all-time list, also claiming the fifth best time.

McMinn also boasted a season-best time of 12.86 seconds in the 100m hurdles, climbing to No. 8 in the country. Kayla Johnson broke her previous program record in the 800m with a time of 2:02.94 seconds, which ranks 10th.

Michelle Atherley’s personal best mark of 1.81m in the high jump ranks third in program history and No. 14 in the NCAA. Atherley helped the Canes’ 4×400 relay with Kennedy Brace, Sierra Oliveira and Johnson to run a three-second season best time of 3:33.43 that ranks No. 16.

Debbie Ajagbe closes out the final new marks with her season-best in the discus at 55.33m at No. 27.