MANHATTAN, Kan. – The University of Miami track and field team completed the final day of the DeLoss Dodds Invitational in Manhattan, Kansas, Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore middle-distance runner Gabriella Grissom broke into the school’s indoor top-five list in the women’s 800m with a final time of 2:05.89. Grissom’s time now ranks second in Miami indoor history behind Kayla Johnson’s 2:03.08, set in 2021.
This is Grissom’s second time rewriting the history books this indoor season as the Hurricanes’ middle-distance runner clocked 1:30.79 in the 600m, a time that also sits second-best in indoor school history behind Kayla Johnson’s 1:27.64, set in 2020.
Natalie Varela finished just behind Grissom with 2:06.82, good for second place.
Makenzy Pierre-Webster placed second in the women’s 200m with 23.44, a time that currently ranks 23rd in the nation.
The women’s 4×400 relay team, comprised of Natalie Varela, Alyssa Robinson, Gabriella Grissom, and Kennedy Brace bested the competition at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational with a final time of 3:38.74,
The men’s 4×400 team with Solomon Strader, Ace Malone, Robert Joseph, and Oskars Bambals clocked a final time of 3:09.54, good for a fifth-place finish at the invitational and third-best time in Miami indoor school history.
Junior Kennedy Sauder finished with 2.15m in the men’s high jump, good for a second-place finish.
Next week, the team will split into two groups. One group will travel to the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston, Massachusetts, while the rest of the team will head to the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, South Carolina.
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