Feb. 8, 2014
The University of Cincinnati track & field closed out the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City on Saturday with a handful of impressive performances that moved them up in the American Athletic Conference rankings.
Kevin Fink started day two off on the right foot as he raced to the sixth-fastest 5,000-meter time in UC history. In the junior’s first career indoor 5,000-meter run, he posted a time of 14:43.36, which moves him into first in the American Athletic Conference at that distance.
Senior Josh Dangel had a good day in the pole vault as he finished third in the Championship Division with a height of 17’ 6.5”. He had three quality attempts at the winning height of 17’ 10.5”, which would have also broken the school record, but he was unable to clear the bar.
On the women’s side, Ashley Earman got UC off to a good start just like the men as she recorded an 18:31.31 in the 5,000-meter run, which is a new personal-best by more than 20 seconds.
Sophomore Ashleigh Pickens had a quality day in the Eastern Division high jump as she cleared 5’ 5.75” and finished second.
The highlight of the meet came in the 4x400-meter relay as the quartet ran a 3:44.94 to finish sixth and post the third fastest time in Bearcats indoor history. The foursome was led off by Javette Lee who handed off to Jada Grant. Grant then passed the baton to new school record holder in the 400-meter dash, Kenya Woodall. Gabby Calderone then anchored the relay.
The Bearcats are back in action next weekend as they take their third trip this indoor season to Bloomington, Ind. for the Hoosier Hills Invitational on Feb. 14 and 15.