Big Marks All Around for Bearcats at Music City Challenge
Feb. 11, 2017

NASHVILLE - With the American Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships just two weeks away, the University of Cincinnati track and field team hit the road looking for one final test and a strong field of competitors and found exactly that at the Music City Challenge inside the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility on the VU campus in Nashville, Tenn., this weekend. Over 60 Bearcats competed in events on the weekend with UC student-athletes posting a total of 30 personal bests on the final day of competition while also adding 13 marks that now reside on the program’s all-time Top 10.

While there many standout performers on the day, several stood out, including Haisha Bisiolu in the women’s sprints, Meg Westerheide in the distances and Jimmy Brooks in the men’s sprints. Bisiolu had a hand in a trio of marks that now rank in the program’s all-time Top 10 while Westerheide and Brooks each contributed to two each.

- Bisiolu had a strong day in the sprints and did so often with short amounts of rest between races. She first ran in the preliminary rounds of the 60m dash and advanced out of the rounds with a personal-best time of 7.53, a time that ranked her tied for third on the program’s all-time Top 10 chart. A little over one hour later, Bisiolu was back for the final of the short sprint and finished eighth in 7.60. Then, just 20 minutes later, she was back for the 400m dash and clocked a time of 55.35 to record the sixth-best time in UC history. She finished the day with a leg of the 4x400m relay, but the group was disqualified (more later).
- Bisiolu was not the only runner that found a great deal of success with a short rest period. Westerheide also was busy running fast times and moving up the record book lists. The distance specialist opened with the mile run and ran 5:00.32, just missing out on becoming only the second woman in UC history to break the five-minute barrier in the event. Her time does rank her second all-time in program history and was her first of two Top 10 marks with the second coming one hour later in the 800m run, where she ran 2:12.87 to register a two-second personal best and the fourth-fastest in program history.
- Westerheide’s run in the mile led a big change in the Top 10 for the Bearcats as two of her teammates moved into the Top 10 while one more also earned a PR. Vanessa Robinson ran 5:07.06 to post her best time in the event and move to No. 7 all-time while Madison Dunlap joined her at no. 8 by running 5:07.35. Finally, Grace O’Donnell also earned a PR as she ran 5:09.09, which would have tied her for No. 10 on the program’s list had Robinson or Dunlap joined the list.
- Two other fast marks were turned in on the distance side, led by Sammy Hentz, who ran 2:14.49 in the 800m run. Her personal-best time moved her into the Top 10 as she is now tied for ninth all-time. In the 3,000m run, Cassidy Carey ran 10:30.26, which lowered her previous best by nine seconds overall.
- The 4x400m relay looked to have recorded a huge time in the event as the group of Tiona Lattimore, Bisiolu, Deanna Gesicki and Bryana Robinson combined to run 3:39.47, a time that would stand as the school record and the only time under 3:40 in UC history. But, the time was eventually scrapped as the team received a disqualification. The time would have ranked the team second in the conference as well. Both Lattimore and Gesicki posted PRs earlier in the day with Lattimore’s time of 7.71 in the 60m dash tying her for the ninth-fastest in UC history while Gesicki ran 56.97 in the 400m dash to earn a PR. In the same event, Robinson ran 53.91 to finish second overall. She has a better time this year in the event.
- Annette Echikunwoke and Ashley Williams had strong showings in the shot put as both threw over 15 meters and placed in the Top 9 of the final standings. Echikunwoke’s mark of 15.88m (52-01.25) placed her sixth in the meet and helped her improve her No. 2 mark on UC’s all-time Top 10. Williams posted a PR for the third time this year and moved up to No. 5 all-time on the ledger with her toss of 15.11m (49-07.00), making her just the fifth woman to surpass 15 meters in competition.
- The pole vault saw a pair of Bearcats record personal bests with Brooke Catherine’s clearance of 3.89m (12-09.00) standing as the eighth-best in UC history. Sadie Brass also had a solid day as she cleared a PR of 3.69m (12-01.25) to finish 20th overall.

- Brooks continued to produce solid marks in the sprints and stepped up again this weekend as he advanced to th finals of the 60m dash, where he placed sixth overall in 6.83. That time moved him up to the No. 2 position in school history and back into the Top 8 on the conference order lists. With his name moving up in the shortest sprint, he now can claim a place in the Top 4 in all of the shortest sprinting events as he also ranks fourth all-time in the 200m dash and the 400m dash.
- Brooks was not done following the 60m dash, however, as he was on the track for the final event of the meet, the 4x400m relay. In the event, the Bearcats finished third overall with a time of 3:13.64, moving up to second on the conference list for the 2017 season. The group of Halen Witcher, Brooks, Kevin Konkoly and Jaashir Morris also combined to turn in the third-fastest time in school history, a feat the is more impressive when the mark is the first added to the chart since the 1998 season. Additionally, that time also is just the second added to the list since the 1989 season.
- Two of the relay runners also added personal bests in individual events earlier in the day as well. Witcher ran 7.02 in the 60m dash to finish 18th overall while Morris’ best came in the open 400m dash where he placed 19th overall in 48.90. Ryan Greene also posted a PR in the 400m dash as he finished 29th overall in 49.54.
- In the shot put, Macklin Tudor nearly equaled his personal best as he finished fourth overall with a toss of 18.15m (56-06.75). His indoor best came one year ago at the conference meet with a toss of 18.19m, a mark that still stands as a school record. John Zedella also competed in the event, placing 21st overall at 15.29m (50-02.00).
- A trend began one night before was continued Saturday as the distance team continued to post personal bests in many of the races they ran. Early in the day, both Nick Grismer and Spencer Clark raced in the 3,000m event with both posting personal bests. Grismer’s time of 8:35.23 placed him 20th overall and lowered his personal best by nearly seven seconds while Clark finished 26th overall in 8:43.78 to lower his previous best by 8.25 seconds. Later in the day, Logan Baker lowered his PR in the 800m run as he finished 17th overall in 1:53.45.
- Alex Bloom lowered his best in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.62 to finish 20th overall in the event, one week after he ran a best of 8.64. Bloom also was close to his PR in the long jump as he finished 10th overall at 7.11m (23-04.00), placing him just off his best of 7.19m from last weekend’s heptathlon competition in Texas.

A small group of individuals will travel to Columbus on Friday to compete in the Buckeye Tune-up, the final meet of the regular season. One week later, the 2017 American Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place in Birmingham, Ala., with the meet running February 24-25.

2017 Music City Challenge - Day 2 (2/11/17)
Women’s Results
60m Dash
6. Haisha Bisiolu - 7.53 - PR & UC #3-t
14. Kellsa Mbah - 7.62
18. Tiona Lattimore - 7.71 - PR & UC #9-t
27. Alanna Hendricks - 7.77 - PR
31. Bryana Robinson - 7.80
40. Juliana Puopolo - 7.94
46. Aliya Barnes - 8.09
52. Katie Straus - 8.27 - PR
8. Haisha Bisiolu - 7.60

60m Hurdles
23. Aliya Barnes - 8.74
28. Juliana Puopolo - 8.82 - PR
44. Katie Straus - 9.23
47. Maggie Loeffler - 9.31
49. Naomi Urbano - 9.49
       Grace Winckowski - false start

400m Dash
2. Bryana Robinson - 53.91
12. Haisha Bisiolu - 55.35 - PR & UC #6
30. Deanna Gesicki - 56.97 - PR
52. Sylvana Ross - 59.97

800m Run
16. Meg Westerheide - 2:12.87 - PR & UC #4
21. Sammy Hentz - 2:14.49 - PR & UC #9-t

Mile Run
16. Meg Westerheide - 5:00.32 - PR & UC #2
25. Vanessa Robinson - 5:07.06 - PR & UC #7
26. Madison Dunlap - 5:07.35 - PR & UC #8
30. Grace O’Donnell - 5:09.09 - PR
37. Lianne Masquelier - 5:15.67
45. Tes Corea - 5:24.38
46. Ari Surles - 5:29.55

3,000m Run
39. Cassidy Carey - 10:30.26 - PR

4x400m Relay
16. Cincinnati ‘B’ - 4:03.41
       Cincinnati ‘A’ - DQ

Long Jump
37. Naomi Urbano - 5.31m (17-05.25)

Pole Vault
16. Brooke Catherine - 3.89m (12-09.00) - PR & UC #8
20. Sadie Brass - 3.69m (12-01.25) - PR
29. Lily Bunse - 3.49m (11-05.25)

Shot Put
6. Annette Echikunwoke - 15.88m (52-01.25) - PR & UC #2
9. Ashley Williams - 15.11m (49-07.00) - PR & UC #5
17. Alexis Gray - 13.37m (43-10.50)

Men’s Results
60m Dash
7. Jimmy Brooks - 6.88
10. Mykel Chambers - 6.90
18. Halen Witcher - 7.02 - PR
19. Khalid Fuller - 7.07
20. Tevin-Lloyd Thompson - 7.07
42. Kelvin Williams - 7.40
6. Jimmy Brooks - 6.83 - PR & UC #2

60m Hurdles
17. Kelvin Williams - 8.57
20. Alex Bloom - 8.62 - PR

400m Dash
18. Kevin Konkoly - 48.89
19. Jaashir Morris - 48.90 - PR
29. Ryan Greene - 49.54 - PR

800m Run
17. Logan Baker - 1:53.45 - PR
20. Jarrod Hart - 1:54.14
35. Jake Barnes - 2:00.42

Mile Run
21. Michael Vitucci - 4:18.36

3,000m Run
20. Nick Grismer - 8:35.23 - PR
26. Spencer Clark - 8:43.78 - PR

4x400m Relay
3. Cincinnati ‘A’ - 3:13.64 - UC #3
      first time a mark has been added to Top 10 list since 1998, prior was 1989
14. Cincinnati ‘B’ - 3:23.84

Long Jump
10. Alex Bloom - 7.11m - 23-04.00

Shot Put
4. Macklin Tudor - 18.15m (59-06.75)
21. John Zedella - 15.29m (50-02.00)