I know that MACtion is often times limited to the football field and the SHOOTYHOOPS bonanzas, but MACtion takes a lot of shapes and forms and we at Hustle Belt celebrate them all. From the basepaths to the links, from the volleyball courts to the hurdels, wherever MACtion is we’ll be there. Even if it means a former MACtion All-American is heading to Taiwan to compete in the World University Games.
Such is the case for Miami RedHawk Amelia Strickler, who will compete in August in the international competition in shot put. Given her performance at Miami in her exceptional career, she’s got a good chance to land on the medal stand in Taiwan.
Per Miami’s release:
Former Miami track and field All-American Amelia Strickler is now excelling at the international level.
Strickler took part in the British Track & Field Championships earlier this summer and turned in a solid second-place finish in the shot put, marking 16.59m (54-5 1/4). That performance earned Strickler, who has dual citizenship from her mother, a spot in the World University Games for Great Britain in August.
“I am happy with my performance at the British Championships,” Strickler said. “I was ranked second coming in and last year I only placed fourth. I missed out on first place by only a few centimeters, so I am a bit disappointed I couldn't find more there but next year the goal is gold. It’s exciting to represent Great Britain the University Games and I'm really looking forward to the competition and my second opportunity to represent Great Britain.”
Strickler wrapped up her career with the Red & White in 2017 and placed 10th in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, capturing Second-Team All-America honors (her third All-American performance). She set the school record in the shot put both indoors (56-2) and outdoors (55-7) during her senior campaign.
“It was great seeing Amelia's second place finish at the British Championships,” Miami assistant coach Steve Manz said. “She was only five inches out of first place and has been selected to represent her country in the World University Games in August. She definitely has an exciting summer ahead!”
The World University Games are slotted for Aug. 19-30 and take place in Taipei City, Taiwan.
So mark your calendars if you’d like to take some MACtion to the far east. That part of the world has been quite the tumultuous newsmaker recently for a whole host of reasons. Maybe a little bit of international MACtion is just what the doctor ordered to keep everyone cool and calm.