UC in top form at Armory Collegiate Invit. indoor meet|
Feb. 2, 2013
The University of Cincinnati women’s indoor track & field team wrapped up two days of competition at the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Saturday. The Bearcats came away from one of the most competitive meets in the nation with a list of impressive finishes and some new qualifying marks for the upcoming BIG EAST Conference championship meet.
There were 13 nationally ranked teams in the meet that was held at New York City’s Armory Track, one of the top indoor facilities in the world. Against that top-notch field, UC had nine top 10 finishes and one meet record-tying performance. The Bearcats appear to be peaking just in time for the BIG EAST championship which is just two weeks away.
After a day of outstanding results on Friday, the Bearcats’ best on Saturday would be their 10th-place finish in the 4x400-meters relay (3:48.70). Kelsey Mueller did post a season-best time in the 800 meters, running 2:16.89 and giving her a qualifying time for the BIG EAST championship.
Other items of note from the weekend:
Mackenzie Fields remains the top pole vaulter in the BIG EAST this year, placing second at the Armory Collegiate Invitational by matching her top season mark of 13’ 9.25”. That’s 10 inches higher than the second-best pole vaulter in the conference. Emily Clay joined Fields and teammate Chelsea Vaughan in the BIG EAST’s top 10 pole vaulters with her 12’ 1.5” height, a mark that Vaughan also posted on Friday.
Erika Hurd’s winning height of 5’ 10” in the college section of the high jump improves her previous season best by three-quarters of an inch and puts her third on the BIG EAST list. Hurd’s mark on Friday would have been good enough to place third in Saturday’s championship section. Hurd’s win in the high jump was her third of the season. She also won at the SPIRE Institute Collegiate Opener in December at 5’ 8”, then went 5’ 9.25” at Indiana University’s Gladstein Invitational for her second win. Her 5’ 10” mark on Friday tied the event record in the high jump college section.
Frida Akerstrom improved her previous best effort of the season in the weight throw by more than two feet, placing 23rd at 54’ 1.75”. She also equaled her season best in the shot put (49’ 5.75”) to place 11th. That mark stands as the fourth best in the BIG EAST this season.
DanHeisha Harding’s 8.74 time in the 60-meters hurdles preliminaries on Friday wasn’t fast enough to earn her a spot in the championship finals, but it was .12 quicker than her previous season best and moved her into the top 10 on the BIG EAST list.
Kenya Woodall lowered her best time in the 400 meters by nearly a second after running 55.82 in the championship section preliminaries. She placed fourth in Friday evening’s final.
Shanay Portis shaved a tenth of a second off her 200 meters time with a 24.86 clocking, placing her well under the BIG EAST championship qualifying time of 25.15.
The Bearcats will participate in their last meet prior to the conference championship when they go to the Hoosier Hills Invitational on Friday at Indiana University. The UC men's team will also compete at the Hoosier Hills.
Results for UC entrants:
60 meters championship prelims: 45. Shanay Portis, 7.71.
200 meters championship: 28. Shanay Portis, 24.86.
400 meters college finals: 4. Kenya Woodall, 56.57.
500 meters college: 25. Gabby Calderone, 1:18.38.
800 meters college: 24. Kelsey Mueller, 2:16.89.
3,000 meters college: 23. Emily Clay, 10:28.49
3,000m Eastern: 22. Anne Pace, 10:35.10
60m hurdles college section: 49. Kaitlyn Good, 9.56
4x400-meters relay college: 10. UC 3:48.70.
Long jump college: 9. Shanay Portis, 18' 6".
Pole vault championship: 2. Mackenzie Fields, 13' 9.25".