Track & Field Sweeps Titles At Early Bird Relays
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March 17, 2012

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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati track and field team opened up the outdoor season by sweeping the Early Bird Relays, Saturday at Gettler Stadium.

On the men's side, UC scored 174 points to take top honors. Heidelberg (90) was second, followed by Cedarville (81), Xavier (52), Morehead State (50), Thomas More (41.50), Mount St. Joseph (34), Dayton (24), Transylvania (20), Northern Kentucky (13), Wright State (5) and Shawnee State (5).

In the women's meet, the Bearcats took first, followed by Bowling Green (77), Cedarville (74), Dayton (67), IPFW (66), Wright State (58), Heidelberg (51), Xavier (39), Thomas More (24), Robert Morris [Ill.] (21), Morehead State (19), Northern Kentucky (17), Transylvania (6), Indiana [Pa.] (6) and Mount St. Joseph (5).

The Bearcats grabbed 17 overall event wins, nine by the men and eight by the women, including sweeps of the 800 meters, 4x400 relay, pole vault, discus and shot put.

UC pole vaulter Michelle Eby set a school record in the pole vault, winning the event and setting the top collegiate outdoor mark this season. Eby cleared 13-08.50, eclipsing the previous mark of 13-07.75, set in 2008 by Brittany Klima and equaled in 2011 by Mackenzie Fields.

Shanay Portis won a pair of events and a relay, taking the top spots in the 100 meters and long jump and adding a leg on UC's victorious 4x100 relay squad.

The scoring in the Early Bird Relays differs from other events. In order to earn first-place points, a team has to have the best combined time or mark from two of its own athletes. The next team with the best combined time or mark earns second-place points through the eight scored places.

EVENT-BY-EVENT

100 Meters

Men's

  • Nick Williams from Xavier took first, clocking 10.89 for the win. Gaibril Kamara from Heidelberg was second (11.21), followed by UC's Darius Howard (11.27) and Dylan Bourelle (11.29) and Heidelberg's Desmond Vaughn (11.29).

Women's

  • Cincinnati's Shanay Portis was first with her time of 12.03. Portis finished ahead of Allorian Horne from Bowling Green (12.44), Kacia Grant (12.44) and J.Chika Morah (12.48) from Wright State and Felicia Jefferson from Bowling Green (12.55). UC's Danheisha Harding took eighth place (12.76).

200 Meters

Men's

  • Micquelle Burton from Mount St. Joseph earned the top spot with her 22.28 clocking. Heidelberg's Wes Hendricks ws second (22.33), followed by UC's Darius Howard (22.37) and Dylan Bourelle (22.38) in third and fourth, respectively and Gibril Kamara of Heidelberg in fifth (22.95). UC's Kyle Donthnier placed 15th with a 24.08 clocking.

Women's

  • Bowling Green's Allorian Horne grabbed the top spot with a time of 24.99. Cedarville's Alexa Winik placed second (25.32), followed by J.Chika Morah of Wright State (25.46), Felicia Jefferson from Bowling Green (25.69) and Kacia Grant from Wright State (25.80). .

400 Meters

Men's

  • Cincinnati's Darnell Gilbert clocked 48.38 for the overall win. Wes Hendricks of Heidelberg was second (49.78), followed by UC's Bryan Maldinger (49.87), Xavier's Ryan Konstanzer (50.66) and Heidelberg's Shondell Thomas (51.12).

Women's

  • Cedarville's Alexa Winik won the first of five heats in 56.78, earning the overall event win. Xavier's Brittani Peltz was second (57.26), followed by Bowling Green's Allison Weimer (57.37), Cedarville's Joy Santos (58.83) and UC's Shanice Smith (59.04). UC's Morgan Gordon was sixth (59.65) and Alyssa Edley took 13th (1:01.19).

800 Meters

Men's

  • Cincinnati swept the top four spots in the men's race, led by Michael Rutherford, who clocked 1:53.06 for the win. Ryan Wynn was second (1:53.20), Kyle Neyer took third (1:54.11) and Zachary Fields (1:54.63) placed fourth. Morehead State's Desmon Bell was fifth (1:54.63). UC's Brian Barney and Tony Williamson were sixth and seventh with times of 1:54.73 and 1:54.94, respectively. Ethan Leonard and Matt Collmar were ninth and 10th with times of 1:58.61 and 1:59.61, respectively while Kevin Hicks (2:01.55) and Ethan Bokeno (2:01.75) came home in 15th and 16th place, respectively.

Women's

  • Jenna Heaton of UC lead the race from the starting gun to the tape, clocking 2:14.17 for the win. UC's Katie Honigford took second with her effort of 2:16.01. Morehead State's Natalie norman was third (2:16.30), followed by Kassy Thomas of Dayton (2:18.44) and Xavier's Kaitlin Price (2:19.15). UC's Jalisa Jarrett won heat two in 2:20.60, placing fifth overall.

1500 Meters

Men's

  • Cedarville's Evan Thayer took top honors, breaking the tape in 3:54.34. Xavier's Thomas Ohlman was second (3:55.81), Nik Schweikert took third (3:57.30), Morehead State's Josh Seitz (3:57.85) placed fourth and UC's Evan Baum came home fifth (3:57.96). Other Bearcats in the race included: Jeff Griffiths (6th/3:58.63), Matt Collmar (11th/4:02.90), Brian Palmer (15th/4:05.46), Rob Flannigan (17th/4:06.30) and Tyler Ross (21st/4:11.08).

Women's

  • Rachel Clark and Caylin Howell from Xavier finished 1-2 with times of 4:36.41 and 4:39.87, respectively. Kelly Johnston from Dayton clocked 4:39.89 for third, Dayton's Nicole Cargill (4:49.72) was fourth and Xavier's Ashley Vincent (4:42.65) was fifth. UC's Cortney Staruch won the second heat with a time of 4:52.58 and finished eighth overall. Carly Bauer was the other UC finisher, crossing the line in 5:19.28 for 26th place.

3,000 Steeplechase

Men's

  • Dayton's Jeremy Schiele broke the tape in first place with a 9:23.89 clocking. UC's Chase Beckmann placed second with a time of 9:38.35, followed by Northern Kentucky's Brendan Chwalek (9:40.08), Dayton's Tyler Roeth (9:41.04) and Morehead State's James Bowens (9:42.61). Dayton (Schiele/1st; Roeth/4th) took the relay points with UC (Beckmann/2nd; Kyle Lang/9:50.14/8th) in second and Morehead State (Bowens/5th; Michael Settles/9:57.85/10th) in third.

Women's

  • Dayton's Lindsey Cummings won the race in 11:01.48, besting the field by nearly 17 seconds. IPFW's Sarah Hutchings was second (11:18.30), followed by Anya Martinez of Morehead State (11:18.95), Alyssa Taddie from Indiana (Pa.) (11:36.39) and Northern Kentucky's Kayla Justice (12:10.79).

5,000 Meters

Men's

  • Dayton's Greg Roeth and Stephen Mackell finished 1-2 in the men's race, clocking 14:41.90 and 15:07.70, respectively. Morehead State's Zach Elliott was third in 15:10.74, Cedarville's Josiah Bragg was fourth (15:13.52) and Charlie Michel, running unattached, took fifth (15:22.33). UC's Greg Sanders placed ninth to lead the Bearcats in the race with a time of 15:40.57. Jacob Franklin was 16th (15:59.47).

Women's

  • Sarah Hutchings and Jordan Tomecek from IPFW finished 1-2, clocking 17:45.68 and 18:00.42, respectively. Audrey Ramos from Xavier was third (18:17.73), Sarah Reynolds from Dayton took fourth (18:19.08) and UC's Alison Zukowski was fifth (18:25.12). IPFW took the relay points (Hutchings/1st; Tomecek/2nd) with Xavier in second (Ramos/3rd; Jessica Albers/18:50.44/9th) and Dayton (Reynolds/4th; Mary List/19:09.73/14th)

Women's 100 Hurdles

  • Wright State's Cassandra Lloyd (13.42) and Emily Folino (14.11) placed 1-2, matching their finish in section 1 of the race. Cincinnati's Danheisha Harding was third (14.25), followed by Emily Tyler of Xavier (14.68) and Rebecca Maj of Dayton (15.04). UC's Dominique Best placed sixth with a time of 15.27.

Men's 110 Hurdles

  • Justin Hoffman, competing unattached, clocked 14.55 to earn the overall win. UC's Bryan Cain was second (14.63), followed by Cedarville's Corey Caldwell (15.23), Heidelberg's Stacee Brooks (15.86) and Cedarville's James's Blackwell (15.90). UC's Matt Bova (16.80) took eighth, Andrew Henderson (17.00) was 10th, Brandon Cook (17.00) was 11th, and Kyle Kubera (19.12) was 14th.

400 Hurdles

Men's

  • Justin Hoffman, running unattached, clocked 54.61 to take the win. UC's Bryan Cain was second in 57.21, ahead of Jamil Boldian (58.46) and Stacee Brooks (1:00.14) of Heidelberg and UC's Brandon Cook in fifth (1:00.39) and the Bearcats' Tyler Ross in seventh (1:04.59).

Women's

  • Wright State's Emily Folino ran 1:02.89 to earn the victory. UC's Danheisha Harding was second (1:04.16), followed by Katie Lanphier from Cedarville (1:04.56), Natalie Sommerville from Bowling Green (1:05.32) and UC's Dominique Best (1:06.58) in fifth.

4x100 Relay

Men's

  • Xavier's quartet of David Gibson, Kurtis Polacek, Evan Betts and Nick Williams took the men's race with a time of 42.24. The Musketeers' Williams took the lead in the final stretch in a close race. UC's foursome of Darius Howard, Dylan Bourelle, Matt Bova and Darnell Gilbert placed second in 43.01 while the Thomas More team of Zach Kurtz, Lucas Nare, Galen Curry and Antonio Booker took third (44.55). Heidelberg's team was disqualified for running outside of the exchange zone.

Women's

  • Cincinnati's quartet of Morgan Gordon, Shanay Portis, Cameron Gardner and Alyssa Edley won the race convincingly with a time of 45.94. The Bearcats took the lead on the first exchange and never looked back, taking the win by almost two seconds. Wright State was second in 47.61, Bowling Green took third in 48.34, Heidelberg was fourth (50.80), Thomas More fifth (52.55) and Cedarville took sixth (52.92).

4x400 Relay

Men's

Women's

  • UC swept the two top spots with the quartet of Danheisha Harding, Shanice Smith, Morgan Gordon and Dominique Best broke the tape in 3:52.48. The team of Shanay Portis, Alyssa Edley, Kaitlyn Good and Jalisa Jarrett was second in 3:54.35. Bowling Green's Felicia Jefferson, Allorian Horne, Allison Weimer and Lisa Worthey placed third in 3:57.60, Cedarville's Alexa Winik, Joy Santos, Christina Gall and Valerie Kirk took fourth (3:57.69) and Bowling Green's `B' group of Natalie Sommerville, Saisha Gailliard, Kristin Miller and Alicia Jefferson took fifth in 4:06.30.

FIELD EVENTS

High Jump

Men's

  • Xavier's John Kolibab leapt 1.93m to earn the win over four student-athletes tied for second place at 1.88m. Among that group was Heidelberg's Josh Lynch and Jack Hart, Mount St. Joseph's Ray Calytor and UC's Michael Nwankwo. The Bearcats' Kyle Kubera and Andrew Henderson tied for sixth at 1.83m.

Women's

  • Dayton's Juliana Lawniczak and Hilary Lang and UC's Dominique Best all shared top honors with identical jumps of 1.58m. Dayton's Katy Garcia and IPFW's Katy Moore tied for fourth (1.53m).

Long Jump

Men's

  • Michael Nwanko from Cincinnati took the top spot with a mark 6.75m (22-01.75), followed by UC's Kyle Donthnier (6.69m), Xavier's David Gibson (6.65m), Heidelberg's Austin Bentz (6.57m) and UC's Matt Bova (6.50m).

Women's

  • UC's Shanay Portis and Kaitlyn Good finished 1-2 with leaps of 5.66m and 5.39m, respectively. Marian Bevington of Heidelberg (5.34m) was third, Robert Morris' Denisha Pettis (5.33m) was fourth and UC's Alyssa Edley took fifth (5.28m).

Triple Jump

Men's

  • Heidelberg's Josh Lynch took top honors with a  best effort of 14.52m. Morehead State's Sean Blair was second (13.15), followed by UC's Kyle Donthnier (12.81m), Heidelberg's Jamil Boldian (12.39m) and Transylvania's CD Mayhew (12.12).

Women's

  • Bowling Green's Janelle Campbell leapt 10.77m to win the event. UC's Cameron Gardner was second (10.72m), followed by Cedarville's Beth Jones (10.62m), IPFW's Theresa McHugh (10.59m) and Morehead State's Linda Dixon (10.44m).

Pole Vault

Men's

  • Cincinnati's Kyle Kubera and Colt Robinson tied for the top spot at 4.55m. Kubera cleared the height on his first attempt, while Robinson was over the bar on his third try. Xavier's Craig Krcal was in third with a clearance of 4.40m. Tommy Marks (unattached), Stephen Port (Cedarville) and Josh Dangel (Cincinnati) did not clear the opening height.

Women's

  • The Bearcats swept the top three spots, led by Michelle Eby who was first with a jump of 4.18m. Eby finished ahead of Emily Clay (3.75m), Mackenzie Fields (3.60m) and fourth-place finisher Jessica Berry of Wright State (3.15m). UC's Sarah Rasnick did not clear the opening height. Eby's mark sits atop the national rankings this season.

Discus

Men's

  • UC's Chris Littleton took the top spot, throwing 49.40m on his second-last heave of the day. Jake Haseman, also from UC, was in second with his toss of 46.28m. Morehead State's JT Stone was third (45.33m), while Bearcats also placed fourth and fifth with Josh Ballenger (41.88m) in fourth and Josh Province (39.68m) in fifth.

Women's

  • Jessica Molyet threw 46.74m, the 10th-best discus mark in the UC record book, to earn the overall win. She was followed by UC's Mary Bridges (45.78m), Courtney Bowen of IPFW (42.67m), Dayton's Christine Borchers (42.65m) and Kayla Zink of IPFW (42.57m).

Shot Put

Men's

  • Cincinnati's Chris Littleton threw 16.75m to snag first place in the event. Morehead State's JT Stone placed second (15.33m), Cedarville's Sam Lemaster (15.03m) and Beau Michaud (12.96) took third and fourth place and Mount St. Joseph's Bryan McKiddy placed fifth (12.88m).

Women's

  • UC took three of the first four places with Frida Akerstrom taking the top spot with a throw of 14.65m. Bowling Green's Ashley Harris was second (13.60m), UC's Mekayla Breland took third (12.88m), UC's Jessica Molyet was fourth (12.87m) and IPFW's Kayla Zink took fifth (12.58m). UC's Kaitlyn Good placed 10th with an effort of 11.40m.

Hammer Throw

Men's

  • Cincinnati's Jake Haseman threw 52.68m to win the event. Morehead State's JT Stone was second (48.04m), followed by Sam Lemaster of Cedarville (47.53m), UC's Josh Province (43.14) and Heidelberg's Brett Pickens (41.87). The Bearcats' Josh Ballenger was seventh with a throw of 39.82m.

Women's

  • Brooke Plegaer, competing unattached, took the top spot with a throw of 54.03m. Dayton's Aly Weeman was second (50.26m), Sara Branam (48.95m) in third, Renee Otte  of Dayton placed fourth (48.64m) and Bowling Green's Ashely Harris was fifth (46.97). UC's Jessica Molyet, Bridget McNeill and Frida Akerstrom placed 6-7-8 with throws of 45.66m, 45.38m and 44.93m, respectively. The Bearcats' Mekayla Breland was 12th (42.41m) and Mary Bridges (36.57m) was 16th.

Javelin Throw

Men's

  • Cincinnati's Brian Zimmerman, returning after missing parts of the 2011 season due to injury, won the event with a heave of 56.67m. Brett Pickens and Robert Taw of Heidelberg finished 2-3 with throws of 53.89m and 45.80m, respectively. UC's Josh Ballenger tied with Taw for third after an identical toss of 45.80m. Mount St. Joseph's Bryan Paugh was fifth with a throw of 41.12m.

Women's

  • Emelie Larsson, competing unattached, threw 46.92m to win the women's event. She outdistanced the field by almost eight meters. Theresa McHugh of IPFW took second (38.32), followed by Marian Bevington of Heidelberg (35.27) and Kaitlyn Good of Cincinnati in fourth (34.26).

UC returns to action next weekend, scheduled to take part in a pair of meets. A group will head to Raleigh, N.C to compete in the Raleigh Relays while another travels to Orlando, Fla. to take part in the UCF Invitational.