March 29, 2014
The University of Cincinnati track & field programs battled the rain and sleet on Saturday at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, but the Bearcats swept the team titles and garnered a total of 13 first-place finishes.
The women's team eased to a team victory by garnering 219 points. The next closest team was Marquette, who tallied 141 points.
Cameron Gardner and Lizz Carr got things started off on Saturday as they closed out day two of the heptathlon in first and second. Gardner won the event with 4,156 points and posted a personal-best mark in the javelin. Carr recorded personal-bests in the long jump and javelin to earn 4,146 points, which is a career-best point total.
Gardner also anchored the Bearcats' first-place 4x100-meter relay. The three athletes joining her were Olivia Lopes, Shanice Smith and Morgan Gordon.
UC also went one-two in the 4x400-meter relay to complete the meet.
Success in the sprints continued as Kenya Woodall snatched the 100-meter and 200-meter crowns. The sophomore posted a personal-best time of 12.13 in the 100-meter dash and now ranks ninth in UC history.
For both sprints, UC garnered the top-four places with Smith, Lopes, Gordon and Jada Grant getting into the mix.
In the hurdles, Gabby Calderone won the 400-meter hurdles with Erin Milner on her heels for second. Javette Lee snatched second in the 100-meter hurdles while Kaitlyn Good took third.
Field events were strong for UC with Erika Hurd winning the high jump and Alyssa McBride tying with former Bearcats Mackenzie Fields in the pole vault. Mekayla Breland garnered second in the shot put, while Mary Bridges and Jessica Molyet went two-three in the discus.
The men's side sort of followed suit with the women. They won the meet with 150.5 points with Miami finishing second with 103.
As on the women's side, the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes were swept by one athlete, which was Nick Kowaleski. Both of Kowaleski's times of 10.99 in the 100m and 21.90 in the 200m were personal-bests. Nathan Jones took third in the 100m, while Darnell Gilbert was third in the 200m.
Ethan Bokeno had a solid race in the 800-meter run as he ran 1:56.64, which was tenths of a second of his career-best time. Jarrod Hard and Brian Barney crossed the line in fourth and fifth with times of 1:57.40 and 1:57.46, respectively.
Bokeno and Barney also ran on the Bearcats' 4x400-meter relay, which finished second to end the meet.
Bryan Cain ran well in the hurdles for UC as he finished second in the 110-meter hurdles and third in the 400-meter hurdles.
Josh Dangel was a big highlight for the Bearcats as he broke his own Gettler Stadium record in the pole vault with a clearance of 17' 7". The previous record was 17' 6.25", which he set last spring. Dangel was unable to break the school record of 17' 9.75" despite having three quality attempts.
New school record holder in the discus, Macklin Tudor, snatched two titles on Saturday by winning the discus and shot put.
The Bearcats head to warmer weather next weekend as they compete at the USF Dual on Friday, April 4.