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Hurricanes Earn Multiple Finals Spots On Day 2, Robinson Captures Long Jump Silver Medal

Hurricanes Earn Multiple Finals Spots On Day 2, Robinson Captures Long Jump Silver Medal

by James Knable

Louisville, K.y – The University of Miami track and field team completed day two of the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday in Louisville. 

With multiple finals spots secured throughout different events, we’re in for an exciting finish for the hurricanes in the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships. 

Rachel Robertson and Taylor Wright scored the first team points on the day in the women’s high jump, as both of them posted a final height of 1.74m, this also was a new season best for Robertson. 

After the women’s high jump, the hurricanes went after team points with authority, especially on the women’s side of things.

The women’s long jump group quickly got to work as senior Lauryn Harris, Marquasha Myers, and Ashley Moore earned a distance of 6.00m, 5.99m, and 5.97m, respectively. This continued the momentum as the women’s team points began to pile up. 

For the men, Sincere Rhea punched his ticket to the finals in the men’s 60m hurdles after posting a time of 8.09 in the prelims. Those finals will take place tomorrow at 12:50 p.m.

Freshman distance runner Enrique Borrego also captured a new personal best in the men’s one mile, earning a time of 4:12.52.

Then in comes Moriah Oliveira…

Oliveira dominated once again in the women’s 400m prelims as she earned a time of 52.89 and smashed the previous facility record set in Louisville. 

Blanca Hervas and Sanaa Hebron fed off Oliveira’s energy as they earned times of 54.07 and 52.29 respectively.  With these performances, the women’s 400m final will consist of three hurricanes tomorrow at 1 p.m.

In the women’s 800m, Natalie Varela continues to shine as she earns a time of 2:06.33, also making her way into the finals. Not only does this put Varela in the finals, but this is a new personal best and now number four in program history for the women’s indoor 800m.

Russell Robinson was also named the 2023 ACC men’s indoor high jump runner-up after posting an impressive distance of 7.60m. Look for Russell to shine tomorrow in the men’s triple jump finals as well.

In the last event of day two, the men’s 800m prelims, the dynamic duo of Ayman Zahafi and Oskars Bambals struck again as Zahafi had a time of 1:48.78, a new facility record in Louisville, and Bambals with a time of 1:49.14. These two will head to the men’s 800m final tomorrow at 1:50 p.m.

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