Indoor Track & Field Wraps Day One At Gladstein Invitational
Sarah Rasnick

Jan. 20, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Jasmine Cotten (high jump) and Sarah Rasnick (pole vault) were event winners as the University of Cincinnati indoor track and field team wrapped up the first day of action at the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.

Cotten took first place in the high jump with a best leap of 1.79 meters (5-10.50) to win for the second-straight weekend. She took top honors at the Akron Opener last weekend. Dominique Best and Kaitlyn Good were part of a six-way tie for 16th place, clearing 1.55 meters (5-01.00).

Rasnick cleared 3.97 meters (13-00.25) to win the pole vault ahead of second place Kelise Ahbe from the host Hoosiers (3.87/12-08.25). Emily Clay was part of a four-way tie for fourth place at 3.67 meters (12-00.50) while Michelle Ebydid not clear her opening height of 3.67 meters (12-00.50).

Cameron Gardner had a best leap of 11.18 meters (36-08.25), taking fourth place in the triple jump.

Frida Akerstrom was sixth in the shot put with a last-throw heave of 14.54 meters (47-08.50). Mekayla Breland (12.34/40-06.00) and Jessica Molyet (12.17/39-11.25) placed 23rd and 26th, respectively, in the preliminary round.

On the track, Shanay Portis (2nd/7.62) and Gardner (12th/7.85) were among 16 runners advancing to Saturday's final in the 60 meters.

Danheisha Harding ran 8.00 to place 20th and Shanice Smith clocked 8.17 to take 34th.

In the 60 hurdles, Cotten (8.71) and Harding (8.77) won their heats while Je'Rica Sanders was second in hers (8.88). All three qualified among the top-5 seeds for Saturday's final. Cotten is the No. 2 seed, Harding No. 4 and Sanders No. 5.

Dominique Best placed 22nd in 9.53 and Kaitlyn Good was 29th in 11.12.

Jalisa Jarrett took a fifth-place finish in the 400 meters, clocking 58.01. Alyssa Edley crossed the line in 1:00.07 to place 17th. Morgan Gordon ran 1:02.11 and placed 28th.

Aricka Rhodes competed in the invitational 400 meters and clocked 1:03.51, placing 14th.

Ashley Earman ran a 5:43.29 clocking in the mile to earn 27th place.

Courtney Staruch and Lauren Goodwin placed 11-12 in the 3,000 meters with times of 10:28.62 and 10:35.22, respectively. Alex Mahle was 27th in 11:12.01.

Bridget Connolly went under 18 minutes in the 5,000 meters, clocking 17:59.20 to place seventh in the event.