Wrapping up the indoor season, the Canes headed north to Clemson where the team competed in the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships. Miami found success during the three-day affair and returned to Coral Gables with an impressive resume.
After a 10-month break, the Canes are back on the track. Last March, the team was in Albuquerque, N.M. preparing for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, when the coronavirus pandemic ended their season.
Senior Emma Langlois and sophomore Andrew Madden both set personal bests and entered Miami's all-time top 10 times at the ACC cross country championship last Friday, Oct. 30.
On Friday, the University of Miami men's and women's cross country teams will prepare to face off against a myriad of talented Atlantic Coast Conference schools in the ACC Championships. This year, the teams have a newfound confidence heading in to the championships.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” distance coach Cody Halsey said.
In her debut, freshman Daphnee Lavassas crossed the finish line with the seventh fastest time in program history in the 6K.
But relief came for these student-athletes, and not just those who were facing an early exit from athletics, as the council voted to extend eligibility to all spring sport athletes, regardless of year in the program. This decision effectively grants all spring student-athletes a redshirt for the suspended 2020 season.
The highlight of the tournament for Miami was Debbie Ajagbe. The junior placed first in the women's throw and the shot put. With a distance of 22.55m in the women's throw, Ajagbe set a meet record, personal best and ranks fifth nationally. In addition to the two gold medals, Ajagbe was named ACC Field MVP.
It was a weekend of individual triumphs for the Canes at the Texas Tech Invitational in Lubbock, Texas.
Now that Atherley has competed on an international stage, she said she is ready to take her talents to the next level at the 2020 Olympics.
Here's a roundup of how UM sports teams performed last week.
“We fight,” sophomore guard Mykea Gray said, who led UM with 19 points. “That’s one thing I can say about our team. No matter how down we are at the moment, we always find a way to bounce back.”