Track & Field Snags Two Titles On Day One Of BIG EAST Meet
Sarah Rasnick

Feb. 18, 2012

NEW YORK - The University of Cincinnati indoor track and field team picked up a pair of individual titles and sits in first place after day one of competition at the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in New York City.

Jasmine Cotten (pentathlon) and Sarah Rasnick (pole vault) were the individual winners on the day while six Bearcats qualified for eight Sunday finals.

UC sits in first place after six scored events with 43 points. UC leads Notre Dame (30), Villanova (29), Louisville (24), USF (22), West Virginia (17), Georgetown (14), Providence (12), St. John's (11), Rutgers (7), Connecticut (6), Syracuse (6), Pittsburgh (5), Marquette (5) and DePaul (3) in the standings.

Cotten won her second league title in the Pentathlon, scoring a school record and NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 4,192 points. Cotten, who also took the title in 2009, hit a point total that ranks third in the nation this season. She earned first place in the hurdles (8.66), high jump (1.82m/5-11.50) and long jump (6.03m/19-09.50) while grabbing second in the shot put (11.33m/39-05.00) and seventh in the 800 meters (2:27.0). Her high jump mark of 1.82m (5-11.50) ranks in the NCAA Top-10 this season.

Rasnick also set a school record, clearing an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 4.22m (13-10.00) on her way to the win. Rasnick was the only vaulter to clear the four-meter mark and holds the No. 10 mark in the NCAA this season. Emily Clay also earned a podium finish, placing third with her clearance of 3.85m (12-07.50). Michelle Eby failed to clear her opening height.

Shanay Portis qualified for the Sunday finals in both the 60 and 200 meters. Portis won heat one of the 60 trials in 7.53 to earn the No. 3 seed. In the 200, she clocked 24.43 to place second in heat No. 1 to earn the No. 8 seed for the final.



Morgan Gordon clocked 7.61 in the 60 meter trials to place 15th and Alyssa Edley placed 26th with her time of 7.93. Gordon ran a time of 25.06 in the 200 to place 20th in preliminary action.

Jalisa Jarrett (57.39) and Aricka Rhodes (1:01.02) finished 20th and 26th, respectively, in the prelims of the 400 meters.

Kathy Klump qualified for the finals in both the 500 and 800 meters. She ran 1:11.69 in the 500 to earn the top seed for Sunday's final and clocked 2:13.67 in the 800 to earn the No. 3 seed.

Jenna Heaton ran 2:55.82 to place 10th in the prelims of the 1,000 meters. Heaton missed the final by two hundredths of a second.

Paris Campbell and Je'Rica Sanders clocked 8.61 and 8.68, respectively, in the preliminaries of the 60 hurdles to earn spots in Sunday's final.

Kaitlyn Good took fifth place in the pentathlon with a total of 3,612 points and Dominique Best scored 3,389 points to place seventh. Good clocked 2:15.2 to win first place in the pentathlon 800 meters.

Cotten also took part in the open long jump, finishing in second with a best mark 6.00m (19-08.25). Portis earned a sixth-place finish in the event with a best jump of 5.80m (19-00.50).

Frida Akerstrom placed 15th in the weight throw with a best mark of 16.05m (52-08.00) with Jessica Molyet on her heels in 17th with a top throw of 15.27m (50-01.25).

On the men's side, Maurice Norman rank 48.08 in the 400 meters to qualify for Sunday's final round. He will be joined by Terrance Sommerville, who grabbed the top seed in the 60 hurdles with his time of 7.854.

The meet continues Sunday as UC will look to improve on its all-time best sixth-place finish from a year ago. The BIG EAST will provide a free live feed of the meet at and a feed for mobile devices at Live results will be available.