The University of Miami Equestrian Team placed fifth overall with 23 points last weekend at the University of Florida horse show on Jan. 24. In the Open Over Fences event, Nicole Grassi placed fourth and Jessica Beavers grabbed fifth place. In the Open Under Saddle event, Sarah Trent earned the victory, and Grassi placed sixth. In the Intermediate Over Fences event, Amy Stewart seized fourth place and repeated that performance in the Intermediate Under Saddle competition. In the Novice Over Fences competition, Halle Sheade won, and Kristina Moser placed third. The Novice Under Saddle event saw a second place finish by Juli Diamond and a fifth place finish by Megan Salazar. On Sunday, the Open Over Fences event saw a third place finish to Sarah Trent and Jessica Beavers, while the Under Saddle event was won by Trent. The Intermediate Over Fences event yielded a sixth place finish by Stewart, as did the Under Saddle event. The Novice Over Fences event saw Moser place third again and Salazar fifth. Finally, Moser, with Lara Radoicic placing fifth, won the Novice Under Saddle event. Halle Sheade received Reserved High Point Rider at the Saturday show.

Women’s track

The University of Miami women’s track team climbed two spots to No. 12 in the latest Trackwire Rankings released on Tuesday evening.

The Hurricanes received 19 total points to tie with Colorado for the No. 12 spot.

Miami moved up two spots from No. 14 in last week’s rankings after an impressive performance at last weekend’s Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., that saw three school records fall. Junior All-American Lauryn Williams broke the school record in the 55-meters with a time of 6.70 seconds, automatically qualifying her for the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Senior Adrienne Moss topped the Miami weight throw record, which she also owned, with a throw of 17.13 meters and sophomore Melanie Schultz broke the UM record in the one mile run with a time of 5:01.87.

The 12th-ranked Hurricanes will return to action on Feb. 13-14, traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., to take part in the Tyson Invitational.

-Compiled by the sports information department