Somerville posts world-class time in rain-shortened Alabama Relays|
March 24, 2013
Stormy weather played havoc with the schedules at two outdoor track & field meets that were nearly 600 miles apart. The common thread between the two was the University of Cincinnati men’s and women’s teams, each of which had gone south seeking warmer temperatures for early-season competition. In the end, the women’s team just had to wait out some lightning delays at the UCF Invitational in Orlando. However, the men’s team wasn’t so fortunate – the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa were eventually called off before the entire meet was completed.
But just before Mother Nature washed out the remainder of Alabama Relays, the 110-meter hurdles were run and Terrence Somerville looked like a bolt of lightning. Somerville ran one of the fastest times in the world in this very early outdoor season, winning in 13.72. He pulled along his teammates as well – Dailyn Moore was fourth in a personal best time of 14.03 and Bryan Cain was sixth, also notching a personal best at 14.25.
The Bearcats made another entry in the record book on Saturday. The distance medley relay team of Evan Baum, Bryan Maldinger, Brian Barney and Jeffrey Griffiths finished seventh in 10:15.56, a time that was the 22nd fastest in school history.
Meet officials eventually called the weather the winner and scrubbed the bulk of Saturday's compeition.
In Orlando, the women’s day was highlighted by Erika Hurd’s second-place finish in the high jump at 5’ 8”. The 4x100-meters relay team of Morgan Gordon, Shanay Portis, Kenya Woodall and Cameron Gardner was third in 46.05.
But it was Kenya Woodall’s performance in the 400 meters was most noteworthy, even though she finished nearly two seconds behind the winner. Of course, when the winner is Olympic gold medalist Mary Wineberg and she runs one of the fastest times in the world this season (52.44), the perspective on the result changes, especially when you add the fact that Woodall’s fourth-place time of 54.39 is the ninth-fastest in UC history.
“We had a number of great performances, especially from Kenya Woodall in the open 400 and Mackenzie Fields in the pole vault (winning the event on Friday),” said UC women’s head coach Susan Seaton. “We continue to build and train hard and look forward to our next few meets.”
UC placed three in the top 10 of the 100-meter hurdles. Je’Rica Sanders finished sixth in 14.24, a time that adds her name to ninth place on the list of top indivuals performances in the event. Javette Lee was seventh in 14.28 and DanHeisha Harding was 10th in 14.48.
The Bearcats return home to host the Oliver Nikiloff Open this coming weekend. The meet runs Friday and Saturday and will take place at Gettler Stadium and Coy Field.
UCF INVITATIONAL (Women)
Friday’s UC results
Saturday UC results
High jump - 2. Erika Hurd, 5' 8".
800 meter - 18. Kelsey Mueller, 2:16.87.
5,000 meters - 10. Anne Pace, 20:31.19.
ALABAMA RELAYS (Men)
Friday’s UC results
1,500 meters: 26. Evan Baum, 4:00.43. 5,000 meters: 2. Kevin Fink, 14:37.96; 4. Oliver Book, 14:47.41; 7. Jeffrey Griffiths, 14:58.90; 18. Eric Hauser, 15:27.40; 19. Greg Sanders, 15:30.07; 35. Chase Beckmann, 16:14.53.
Saturday’s UC results
6:45 p.m. - High jump - Michael Nwankwo - CANCELLED
400 meters invitational - Darnell Gilbert - CANCELLED