Track & Field Places Second At BIG EAST Indoor Championship|
Feb. 19, 2012
NEW YORK - The University of Cincinnati indoor track and field team placed a program-best second place Sunday at the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in New York City.
The Bearcats finished in the top three teams at the BIG EAST meet for the first time in program history, winning four individual crowns and a sweep of the post-meet individual honors. UC got a pair of individual championships out of Kathy Klump in the 500 and 800 meters, but were edged out in the final event of the meet, the 4x400 relay. Along with Klump's double, Jasmine Cotten (pentathlon) and Sarah Rasnick(pole vault) earned titles on day one.
UC swept the individual post-meet awards as Cotten was named the BIG EAST Most Outstanding Field Performer while Klump earned Most Outstanding Track Performer honors. Cotten won the award for the second time, repeating her 2009 performance while Klump's accolades marked the first time a UC runner has won the individual award.
Georgetown came from behind to win the meet scoring 102 points, followed by the Bearcats (90), Villanova (89.5), Notre Dame (79), Louisville (72), Connecticut (66.5), USF (64.5), Pittsburgh (57), Syracuse (36), St. John's (35), West Virginia (33.5), Providence (22), Rutgers (18), DePaul (9) and Marquette (6). UC's previous best finish at the BIG EAST meet was sixth place, occurring in 2011.
In addition to her NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the pentathlon, Cotten was second in the long jump and fourth in the high jump.
Klump ran a school and meet-record time of 1:10.08 to win the 500 meters for the second straight year. She won the 800 meters in 2:05.47, setting another school and meet record in the process. Klump closed out her meet by teaming with Kaitlyn Good, Jenna Heaton and Katie Honigfordto place fifth in the 4x800 relay with a time of 8:51.06.
Shanay Portisran 7.576 in the 60 meters, earning a sixth-place finish. Portis took seventh place in the 200 meters, running a time of 24.56.
Cotten added a fourth-place finish in the high jump with a best clearance of 1.75m (5-08.75). She had the same mark as the second and third place finishers but needed more attempts to clear the height. Good placed 10th with her leap of 1.70m (5-07.00)
Frida Akerstrom threw 14.94m (49-00.25) to take third place in the shot put. Jessica Molyet was 10th with her throw of 13.19m (43-03.25) and Mekayla Brelandplaced 12th with a best effort of 12.86m (42-02.25).
The Bearcats also had two runners competing on the men's side with Maurice Normangrabbing a fourth-place finish in the 400 meters with his heat-winning clocking of 47.43.
UC returns to action at the Virginia Tech Last Chance Meet on March 2-3 ahead of the NCAA Indoor Championship on March 9-10 in Boise, Idaho.