For the fourth time in program history, the University of Miami Women’s Track Team walked away from the ACC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships victors! This one didn’t come easy as the Canes found themselves in sixth-place entering Saturday’s final events. The Canes got off to a great start as Senior Debbie Ajagbe continued her dominance in the discus with a 54.85m toss that bested FSU’s Amani Heaven for gold. The points continued to accumulate for the Canes as sophomore Moriah Oliviera grabbed gold in the 400m while fellow sophomore Kennedy Brace grabbed bronze. Oliviera’s time of 51.85 seconds was a personal best.
“What can you say about Moriah? To have a lifetime-best time and come and score out of Lane 1, score big for us in the 200…it was a gutsy performance for a lot of them,” track & field director Amy Deem said. “Debbie had a great weekend and it was great to see her win another ACC championship.”
Rounding out the winning performances: Sophomore Jacious Spears won silver in the 100m while senior Alrefda Steele added two medals with a silver in the 200m and bronze in the 100m. Senior Kayla Johnson grabbed bronze in the 800m.
Next up for the Hurricanes is the NCAA East Preliminary in Bloomington, Ind., from May 25-28.
“We’re going to enjoy this for a little bit, go back and get a little rest and get ready,” Deem said. “I think we have great momentum going into the NCAA preliminaries. They’re always tough, but I think the confidence that we got this weekend is going to go a long way in getting a lot of people to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Oregon.”