Feb. 28, 2014
Day 1 Results | Photo Gallery | J. Sanders Interview | McBride Interview
The University of Cincinnati track & field programs posted 11 personal records and garnered one individual title in the opening day of The American Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Sophomore Alyssa McBride stole the show on opening day as she won the pole vault with a personal-best height of 13’ 8.5”. She is now the third consecutive indoor pole vault champion with Sarah Rasnick winning in 2012 and Mackenzie Fields garnering the title in 2013. Her clearance at the inaugural conference meet will go down as a league record and moves her into third in the UC record books behind Fields (13’ 11.25”) and Rasnick (13’ 10”).
Je’Rica Sanders and Javette Lee started the women’s team off on the right foot as the hurdling duo went one-two in the first heat of the 60-meter hurdles and each qualified for the finals. Sanders broke the tape at 8.52, which earned her the second-fastest preliminary time and was two-hundredths off her career-best, while Lee ran 8.71, respectively.
Kenya Woodall continued UC’s success on the track as she won her heat of the 400-meter dash and broke her own school record. The sophomore sprinter crossed the line at 54.42 and enters tomorrow’s finals with the third-fastest time. Her previous career best was 54.86, which was also run at The Armory.
Shanice Smith also posted a personal record and moved up in UC’s record books after running 24.78 in the 200-meter dash. Her time moves her to fourth all-time.
In the women’s pentathlon, senior Kaitlyn Good snatched a fourth-place finish with a point total of 3,794.
The Bearcats’ distance medley relay closed out day one with the eighth fastest time in school history. The quartet of Natalie Kuhn, Jada Grant, Kelsey Mueller and Amber McAlpine ran 12:11.70.
The 400-meter dash was the highlight on the men’s side as Darnell Gilbert and Maurice Norman both qualified for the finals with two of the three fastest times. Gilbert clocked the fastest preliminary time at 48.11 and won his heat. Norman ran 48.35 to finish second in his heat and enters tomorrow’s finals with the third-fastest time.
Bryan Cain will also advance to the finals but in the 60-meter hurdles. Cain ran a 8.10 in his heat and recorded the third-fastest time among the field.
The Bearcats had strong performances in the pole vault as three vaulters finished in the top eight. Josh Dangel headed up the pack as he claimed fifth overall. Dillon Risser and Nathan Alexander also scored for UC as they finished in a three-way tie for seventh.
Kevin Fink and Chase Beckman garnered a few points for Cincinnati as they finished sixth and eighth in the 5,000-meter run, respectively. Fink crossed the line at 14:44.53, which was just a second off his career best, while Beckman took nearly a minute off his best 5k time with a 14:47.44 and moves into seventh in UC history.
The distance medley capped off the meet as they ran the 10th fastest time in school history. The foursome was made up of Evan Baum, Nathan Alexander, Ethan Bokeno and Anthony Car.
Saturday’s competition begins at 9:45 a.m. with the men’s and women’s high jump. Running events are slated to start at 12:10 p.m. with the finals of the women’s mile.