Track Puts Nets Pair Of School Records At New Balance Collegiate Invitational|
Feb. 4, 2012
NEW YORK – The University of Cincinnati indoor track and field team closed out a two-day stint of action at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational Saturday at The Armory.
The Bearcats tallied a pair of school records in the event, which featured some of the top collegiate competition from across the country. Competitors were split into two event divisions, championship and college.
The 4x800 relay quartet of Jenna Heaton, Kaitlyn Good, Katie Honigford and Klump clocked a school-record time of 8:56.75 to place third. They beat the previous mark of 8:59.24 held by Klump, Megan McAuley, Jenny Harsh and Heaton, set in 2010.
Kathy Klump won her heat of the championship 800 meters by over two seconds, but finished ninth overall with a time of 2:09.10.
Bridget Connolly clocked 18:04.29 to grab 23rd place in the college 5,000 meters.
The 'A' 4x400 relay squad clocked 3:51.82 to finish in 15th place.
In field events, Cameron Gardner had a best jump of 10.61 meters on her first attempt, placing 37th in the college triple jump. Jasmine Cotten failed to clear the opening height of 1.75 meters in the championship high jump. Good leapt 1.65 meters to earn a tie for 13th in the college high jump.
On day one of action Friday, Cotton placed second in the college 60 hurdles consolation final with a time of 8.61. She clocked 8.61 to win the 10th heat and set the top time in the preliminary round. She also later took 15th in the championship long jump with her leap of 5.70 meters.
In the championship 500 meters, Klump broke her own UC record with a time of 1:11.10 to place second. Her time is the top one in the BIG EAST Conference this season and was under the previous meet record time of 1:12.04. Regina George of Arkansas won the race with an Armory collegiate record time of 1:09.81.
Portis ran 7.70 in the championship 60 meters to take home 47th place. In the college 60 meters race, Morgan Gordon ran 7.82 to place 22nd, Gardner was 27th in 7.83 and Paris Campbell ran a time of 8.45 to take 97th.
In the college 200 meters preliminaries, Portis ran the sixth-best time of the prelims, clocking a 24.79 effort. Gordon ran 25.90 to place 53rd and Alyssa Edley clocked 26.12 to take 61st.
Good ran to a 19th-place finish in the college 500 meters, clocking 1:16.36.
Jenna Heaton ran 2:55.85 in the 1,000 meters championship, crossing the line in 2:55.85 to take 26th place.
In Friday’s field events, Akerstrom placed seventh in the shot put championship with a throw of 14.96 meters. Molyet placed 40th with a heave of 12.78 meters and Mekayla Breland threw 12.56 meters to place 41st.
Sarah Rasnick cleared 3.90 meters and finished in 11th in the championship pole vault. Michelle Eby did not clear her opening height. Emily Clay tied for 14th in the college pole vault with a clearance of 3.70 meters.
Cotten took 15th in the championship long jump with her leap of 5.70 meters. Portis was eighth in the college long jump with her effort of 5.69 meters. Edley placed 31st, jumping 5.30 meters and Best took 54th with a jump of 5.07 meters.
The Bearcats return to action at the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. on Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11.