Cincinnati Stumbles in Akron Dual
Alyssa McBride

Jan. 10, 2014

Women's Results | Men's Results

Both University of Cincinnati track & field programs stumble against Akron in their opening meet of the 2014 indoor season. Akron edged out the women, 85.5 to 65.5, while then men’s side favored the Zips 93.5 to 55.5.

Senior Josh Dangel started off the meet with a career-best indoor performance in the pole vault as he cleared 17’ 3.75”. Unfortunately for the Bearcats, Akron has the nation’ stop pole vaulter on their roster, so Dangel’s impressive height was outmatched and garnered him second after Shawn Barber went 18’ 1.75”.

Sophomore transfer Macklin Tudor continued the individual success of UC in the shot put as he hurled the shot 56’ 7.25”, which second all-time in Bearcats history. But again, the Zips were strong in numbers, and Tudor’s second place finish was over shadowed by Akron taking first and third.

Michael Nwankwo had a stellar day in the triple jump as he surpassed the 50-foot mark for the first time in his career. The sophomore jumped 50’ 0.25” to take first at the dual and move into second all-time on UC’s indoor performance list. He beat his previous personal-best, which was set one month ago at the Hoosier Open, by nearly a foot and a half (48’ 8.25”).

Freshman Chris Green also jumped into the Top 10 list at ninth with a jump of 46’ 3.25” in the triple jump.

In the running events, UC made a comeback with first and third place finishes in the sprints. Junior Demitri Beal broke the string with a 6.98 in the 60-meter dash, while freshman Nathan Jones crossed the line at 7.04 for third. Senior Darnell Gilbert won the 200-meter dash with a 22.10, and Kevin Konkoly finished third at 22.31, respectively.

Oliver Book ran a personal-best mile in a time of 4:12.67, but Akron’s Kyle Cochrun edged out Book at the finish line for first place.

The women’s team went first-second in the pole vault as Alyssa McBride cleared a 13-foot bar for the first time indoors. She took first with a vault of 13’ 0.25”, which moves her into fourth all-time in UC history. Sarah Rasnick finished second with 12’ 6.25”.

Erika Hurd won the high jump with a clearance of 5’ 7.5”, while Kaitlyn Good tied for third.

Jessica Molyet claimed fourth in both the shot put and weight throw. Her toss of 54’ 10.75” in the weight throw was a personal-best and ranks her sixth all-time.

Je’Rica Sanders pulled out a victory in the 60-meter hurdles as she ran an 8.73. Javette Lee came in third place, respectively, with a time of 8.85.

Kenya Woodall ran away with the 400-meter dash as she cruised to a time of 56.60.

All the Bearcats except the pole vaulters will take next weekend off. The vaulters will head to Reno, Nev. for the 2014 Pole Vault Summit on Jan. 17-18. The event-specific meet will feature the world’s top pole vaulters across all skill levels.