Jan. 25, 2014
The University of Cincinnati track & field programs closed on the Rod McCravy Invitational, which was tagged the National Meet of the Week by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, with nine personal records on the second and final day of competition.
Senior Kyle Kubera started off the second day by moving up in the standings of the heptathlon and claiming fifth with a personal-best score of 4,868 points. The Broadview Heights, Ohio native made his move on the final two events by winning the pole vault and placing second in the 1,000-meter run. His point total surpassed his previous best by nearly 200 points and moves him to the top of the conference.
Senior distance runner Oliver Book posted a good time in the 3,000-meter run as he finished with an 8:27.80, which is the fastest time in the American Athletic Conference this season. A trio of personal-bests also came race as Kevin Fink, Greg Sanders and Ian Silver all ran career-best times.
Michael Nwankwo reeled in seventh place in the triple jump with a leap of 49’ 0.75. The sophomore fell nearly a foot short of his personal-best mark, which he garnered two weeks ago at the Akron Dual, but he still ranks top 25 in the event.
“It was a tough meet, and everyone competed hard,” said head men’s coach Kris Mack. “Our goal this weekend was to be consistent across the board, and a lot of the guys did that this weekend.”
On the women’s side, Je’Rica Sanders finished sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.58, which is the second fastest time of her career (8.53). She also moves into second place in the conference with that time.
Sophomore sprinter Kenya Woodall recorded her best time of the season in the 400-meter dash as she clocked in at 55.59. Woodall’s time ranks third among league competitors.
Senior Natalie Kuhn posted a career-best 800-meter time of 2:15.64 and moves into sixth in the American.
“I feel the team made a lot of progress this weekend,” said head women’s coach Susan Seaton. “We competed really well in this tough meet, and I feel we are in a good place at this point in the season.”
USTFCCCA named the Rod McCravy Invitational the National Meet of the Week based on the outstanding sprints/hurdles match-ups and the concentration of top-10 and top-25 teams in both the men’s and women’s competitions.
The Bearcats return to action next weekend as they head to the Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind. The meet begins on Jan. 31 and will conclude on Feb. 1.
“We will see some of these schools next weekend in Indiana,” added Mack. “Hopefully, we continue to compete hard when facing these top schools and not be intimidated because it will help make us better in the long run.”