The 2016-17 campaign will mark the 11th year Chris Wineberg has been a member of the University of Cincinnati track and field coaching staff as the Bearcat All-American will look to build upon a highly successful 2016 season that saw three of his student-athletes capture five All-America certificates and two conference titles. A decathlon specialist as a student-athlete, the UC Associate Head Coach will once again work with the multi-event athletes while also coaching the high jump and 400m sprinters.
// COACHING EXPERIENCE Since Wineberg joined the staff in the Fall of 2006 as an assistant coach, he has worked with several different areas of the program. Initially, he was tasked with coaching the men’s and women’s sprinters. Then, in the Fall of 2015, upon being promoted to his current title of Associate Head Coach, his coaching duties changed to the current structure: multi-events, high jump and 400m dash.
Throughout his 10 seasons with the program, Wineberg’s Bearcats have put together solid marks that have led to 30 school records, 51 all-conference selections, 13 individual and relay conference crowns, 40 NCAA Preliminary/First Round selections, 15 berths into the NCAA Championship meet and 10 All-America honors.
Wineberg also served as a coach and training partner for his wife, Mary Wineberg, for seven years. During her professional career, she was one of the world’s top 400m runners and won Olympic Gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 4x400-meter relay. The former Mary Danner ranked as high as eighth in the world in the 400m dash during her career.
// 400M DEVELOPMENT The development of the 400m sprinters has continued to grow under Wineberg with 2016 bearing fruit of his tutelage. At the end of the year, his sprint group accounted for one All-American honor, one conference title and seven NCAA Preliminary Round berths, including both 4x400m relay teams, a feat that had not happened for UC since the 2011 season.
On the women’s side, Kenya Woodall completed her career for the Bearcats as one of the fastest sprinters of all-time, working to set school records in five different events, including the outdoor 100m (11.53), 200m (23.09) and 400m (51.78) and the indoor 200m (23.76) and 400m (53.73) with all records other than the 400m marks coming in 2016. A five-time all-conference honoree in 2016, Woodall also qualified and competed in both the 200m and 400m events at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trails – Track & Field. All of that effort paid off as Woodall left campus as an All-American after earning USTFCCCA Second Team accolades in the outdoor 400m.
While working with the men, Wineberg has coached a trio of conference champions, most recently coming in 2016 with Jimmy Brooks taking home gold in the 400m dash at the American Athletic Conference meet as he ran 46.04 to also post the second-best time in program history. Wineberg also has worked with Antione Drakeford, who was as 2009 All-American while winning the 2008 and 2010 conference titles, and Darnell Gilbert, a 2014 indoor conference champion and outdoor runner-up.
Wineberg’s success also has come in the 4x400m relay as the 2016 racers broke school records in the women’s indoor and men’s outdoor races during the season. For the men, their time of 3:08.13 took down a six-year-old record, placed the team second in the conference and earned the group of Halen Witcher, Brooks, Nathan Smith and Nathan Alexander a berth into the NCAA Preliminary Round meet. On the women’s side, the group of Javette Lee, Bryana Robinson, Jada Grant and Woodall ran 3:41.33 to take over the record.
// MULTI-EVENT DEVELOPMENT Competing in the multi-events was Wineberg’s specialty, so coaching it has become second nature to him. Jasmine Cotten has arguably been Wineberg’s most successful project becoming a three-time All-Conference performer and a two-time All-American from 2008-12. More recently, he helped Alex Bloom reach the USA Junior Nationals in the decathlon in 2015 and led Kaitlyn Good to a runner-up finish in the heptathlon at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships.
But, in 2016 along, the multi-events group continued to show improvement under Wineberg with four competitors (two men and two women) taking part in the conference meet and tallying six Top 8 finishes, including all-conference finishes from Ben Wollenslegel in the men’s indoor heptathlon and Bloom in the men’s outdoor decathlon as both placed third in their respective meets. The women also had solid success from its entrants with freshman Naomi Urbano scoring at both conference meets, placing seventh indoors (pentathlon) and sixth outdoors (heptathlon). In fact, both Urbano and Maggie Loeffler (eighth) scored points at the outdoor meet, which helped the team to its first conference crown in program history.
// HIGH JUMP DEVELOPMENT The 2016 season was a banner year for the high jump group once again with both Erika Hurd and Loretta Blaut leading the way with high marks and numerous honors. Hurd earned USTFCCCA All-America First Team honors indoors before capturing Second Team honors outdoors, giving her four accolades for her career and making her the most decorated female in program history. She also won the 2016 American Athletic Conference indoor title for the third year in a row.
Blaut joined Hurd as a two-time All-American during the year, taking Second Team honors indoors and First Team honors outdoors for the first accolades of her young career. Both women qualified for and competed in the high jump at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field at the end of the season.
On the men’s side, Wineberg helped a pair of men to big improvements on the year, including Jordan Hardiman, who cleared 2.11m (6-11.00) at the conference’s outdoor meet to finish third overall and earn all-conference accolades while posting the eighth-best clearance in school history. Bloom also had a strong season as broke the indoor heptathlon high jump record (2.07m) while moving up to second on the outdoor decathlon high jump list (2.05m).
// TRACK & FIELD CAREER Wineberg was a two-time conference champion in the decathlon at UC and an All-American in 2004. He holds the school record in the decathlon, with a score of 7,584. Wineberg graduated from UC in 2004 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was also honored as the Legion of Excellence Award winner for graduating with the highest senior GPA of the team in 2004. Post collegiately, Wineberg competed at the national level for two seasons and placed as high as fifth at the indoor U.S. National Meet in the heptathlon. In Fall 2015, Wineberg was inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Hall of Fame.
// PERSONAL LIFE Wineberg is married to former UC 400m standout and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Mary (Danner) Wineberg. The couple has two daughters, Brooklyn and Olivia.