Feb. 1, 2014
The University of Cincinnati track & field teams combined for 13 top-eight finishes at the stacked Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind.
Jada Grant opened the meet off for Cincinnati as she won the morning session of the 200-meter dash in a time of 25.37.
The sprints continue to flourish as senior sprinter Kenya Woodall impressed in the 400-meter dash invitational as she clocked in at 56.77 winning her heat and claiming the runner-up position overall. In the open 400-meter dash, Javette Lee finished fourth overall in a time of 57.92.
After running in the quarterfinals yesterday and the semifinals earlier today, Je’ Rica Sander and Lee wrapped up the 60-meter hurdles with fourth and sixth place. Sanders crossed the line in 8.69 with Lee on her heels at 8.87.
Senior jumper Erika Hurd matched her career-best in the high jump as she cleared 5’ 10” on her final attempt at the height. The mark was good enough to earn her fifth place in the invitational event. Hurd remains with the second-best mark in the AAC, just three-quarters of an inch behind the leader.
“Erika had a great day in the high jump with tying her personal-best and finishing fifth,” said head women’s coach Susan Seaton. “She had some really good attempts at the next height, so I am excited to see what she does in the coming weeks.”
The Bearcats’ 4x800-meter relay of Natalia Kuhn, Kelsey Mueller, Taylor Rosenhagen and Alexis Anton closed out the meet for UC with an eighth-place finish. Their time of 9:28.02 is now the ninth fastest in UC’s indoor records book.
“Overall, I think we made progress at this meet in each athlete’s specific event, and we continue to gain confidence in our abilities,” said Seaton. “I look forward to the meet in New York this coming weekend because we have been working to have our early season peak there since we will be competing with the nation’s best.”
Most of the men’s team competed on the first day of the Indiana Relays, so they had limit numbers competing on Day Two.
In the morning session, Kevin Konkoly won his heat of the 200-meter dash and finished fourth in the open event with a time of 22.76.
Sophomore Michael Nwankwo continued to excel in the triple jump as he finished fourth in the event with a leap of 49’ 0.25”. Freshman Christopher Greene had a career day in the event as he jumped 47’ 4.25”, which is a career-best, and finished seventh overall.
Dailyn Moore closed out the 60-meter hurdles with a seventh-place finish in a time of 8.22 after running in the quarterfinals yesterday and the semifinals earlier today.
Senior Darnell Gilbert also snatched a seventh-place finish but it was in the 400-meter dash invitational. He finished second in his heat and clocked in at 48.96.
UC is back in action next weekend for the two-day New Balance Invitational in New York, N.Y.