Cotten Shatters Record as UC Wins All-Ohio Invitational|
Feb. 14, 2009
FINDLAY, Ohio - The University of Cincinnati indoor track and field team finished in first place at the All-Ohio Invitational out of 12 teams Saturday at the Malcolm Athletic Center on the University of Findlay campus. The women's team scored 157 points, which included eight first-place showings in individual events, while the men's squad scored 188 points.
In Friday's action, the only two events completed were the pentathlon and the distance medley, but the pentathlon was an event to remember for junior Jasmine Cotten. Cotten won the 60-meter hurdles, the high jump, the long jump, and placed second in the shot put to win the event with 3,958 points. Cotten's mark shattered Ashley Wilhelm's school-record mark of 3,788, set in 2006. Cotten's mark also was a NCAA provisional mark and is the 11th-best performance in the NCAA this season in the pentathlon.
Chelsea Gerken added a second-place showing in the event with a score of 3,321. Cotten and Gerken combined to score 18 points in the first event catapulting UC to a first-place lead after day one of competition.
On Saturday, sophomore Natasha Burse started things off with a first-place showing in the 60-meter dash. After earning the top qualifying time in the preliminaries, Burse ran a first-place time of 7.61 seconds, while sophomore Mandi Boykin notched a seventh-place showing with a time of 7.88 seconds.
Burse notched her second victory of the day with a win in the 200 meters. Burse ran a time of 25.16, besting Tiffin's Andrea Bader by six-tenths of a second.
UC collected its third top finish in three events as junior Ashley Arnold scored 10 points in the 400 meters. Arnold crossed the line in a time of 56.09, and freshman Aricka Rhodes tacked on eight points with a time of 57.55 in the event. Senior Courtney Wicks rounded out the Bearcat scoring in the event with a fifth-place time of 58.23 seconds.
In the 800 meters, senior Megan McAuley continued the stretch of first-place showings as she notched a time of 2:17.44.
Junior Tamara Masters and senior Megan Knapp tacked on another 1-2 finish in the 5,000 meters, adding to the Bearcats' leading point tally. Masters and Knapp had times of 17:32.76 and 17:57.49, respectively, two of the four times below 18-minutes.
Sophomore Kaylon Eppinger ran into third place in the 60-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in a time of 8.61 seconds.
UC added another top finish in the 4x400, winning by over three seconds after notching a time of 3:54.02.
Freshman Michelle Eby took top honors in the pole vault with a mark of 12' 06", which is the sixth best mark in program history. Fellow freshman Mackenzie Fields and junior Kayla Dunn finished in second- and fourth-place, respectively.
Eppinger added to her strong meet with a third-place mark in the long jump. Eppinger jumped 17' 06 1/4" to bring home six points for the Bearcats.
For the first time in her career Boykin competed in the triple jump, and Boykin put Cincinnati's seventh first-place showing on the board in the triple jump with a mark of 37' 05 3/4", a BIG EAST qualifying mark.
Senior Lisa Klotz recorded a personal-best mark of 45' 06" in the shot put, which was good enough for fourth place, while adding a 16th-place showing in the weight throw with a throw of 45' 05 1/4".
The women's team recorded 157 points, besting second-place Ohio (104 points), third-place Toledo (92 points), and fourth-place Bowling Green (83 points).
The men's squad was paced by five first-place showings, including junior Ekundayo Igeleke's victory in the 60-meters. Igeleke recorded the fourth-best time in the preliminaries, before recording a time of 6.84 in the finals which gave him top honors by one-tenth of a second.
The other first-place showings came in the 800 meters, 5,000 meters, 60-meter hurdles, and the pole vault.
Senior Dominik Davolio sprinted to a win in the 60 hurdles, winning the event with a time of 8.24 seconds.
Sophomore Shane Shockey tied the 10th-best mark in school history and set the Malcolm Athletic Center record in the pole vault after clearing a height of 16' 08".
The women's indoor team next heads to the BIG EAST Championships Friday, Feb.20-21 in New York, N.Y.