The University of Cincinnati track and field team saw a school record fall along with an event win on day one of the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational Friday at Gettler Stadium.
Emelie Larsson broke her own school record in the javelin with a heave of 50.44 (165-06). Larsson, whose throw ranks in the Top-10 nationally this season, had set the previous UC mark last weekend at the UCF Invitational with her throw of 46.92 (153-11). She placed second in Friday’s event behind DePaul’s Melissa Fraser, who owns the two top javelin marks in the NCAA this season. Fraser threw 171-00 for the win.
Brian Zimmerman threw a season-best 222-02.25 to win the men’s javelin. His toss ranks him among the Top-15 on the NCAA’s East Qualifying List this season. Zimmerman outpaced the second-place finisher by over 28 feet.
UC is fourth in the men’s overall event, tallying 14 points through two scored events. Marquette leads with 21 points, followed by Dayton (17), Tiffin (17), the Bearcats and DePaul (8). On the women’s side, the Bearcats are in third, also with 14 points. Marquette leads the women’s race with 36 points, ahead of DePaul (16), UC, Miami (OH) (5), Northern Kentucky (3), Xavier (3) and Belarmine (1).
Five events for the decathlon and four events for the heptathlon were completed on day one. Mike Marsh, competing unattached totaled 3,626 points to earn the day one lead ahead of Cincinnati’s Kyle Kubera who is second with 3,271 points.
In the heptathlon, Ashland’s Cheryl Bourne holds first place with a total of 3,237 points, ahead of UC’s Kaitlyn Good in second with 3,076 points. The Bearcats’ Dominique Best is fourth with 2,838 points.
On Saturday, the multi-events lead things off with the decathlon 110 hurdles at 9 a.m., followed by the discus, pole vault, javelin (at Coy Field) and 1,500 meters. The heptathlon begins at 10 a.m. with the long jump, followed by the javelin (at Coy Field) and then the 800 meters.
The women's hammer throw is the first field event at 9 a.m. The event will take place at Coy Field ahead of the men's hammer throw at 11 a.m. The men's and women's triple jump leads off the events at Gettler Stadium at 10:45 a.m.
The first running event is scheduled to be the men's 3,000 steeplechase at noon. The women's 5,000 meters will follow at 12:12 p.m. The meet continues through the day with the men's 4x400 relay closing things out around 5:30 p.m.
Following a 90-minute weather delay due to storms moving through the area, both the men’s and women’s 10,000 meters were run together.
Dayton’s Greg Roeth took the lead halfway through the race in a driving rainstorm and held on for the win, crossing the line in 30:43.32. Marquette’s duo of Connor Callahan and Patrick Magg placed 2-3, clocking times of 30:54.22 and 31:23.92, respectively. Dayton’s Stephen Mackell was fourth in 31:27.64 and Marquette’s Jack Senefeld placed fifth with a 32:20.81 clocking. UC’s Greg Sanders crossed the line in 32:26.96, earning eighth place.
Marquette’s Carly Windt broke the tape in 36:43.74 to lead a Golden Eagles’ sweep of the first four places. Hannah Frett (37:29.70) was second, followed by Christina Sliepka (37:32.04) in third and Alyssa Beste (37:36.03) in fourth. Cincinnati’s Bridget Connolly, the race’s early leader, placed fifth with a 38:55.38 clocking.
Cincinnati’s Brian Zimmerman threw 67.72m to earn top honors. His season best throw, which converts to 222-02.25 ranks among the Top-15 on the NCAA East qualifying list this season. DePaul’s Adam Kovacs was second (59.16m/194-01), followed by Connor Kibler (51.89m/170-03), Jared Wolff (49.25m/161-07) and Kevin Orloff (48.52m/159-02), all from Tiffin. UC’s Josh Ballenger threw 48.50m to take sixth place.
DePaul’s Melissa Fraser owns the top two marks in the country after throwing 52.13m (171-00), to take the victory. Fraser’s throw was the second-best throw in the NCAA this year after top mark of 177-03. UC’s Emelie Larsson broke her own school record with a heave of 50.44 (165-06). Larsson, whose throw today ranks in the Top-10 nationally this season, had set the previous UC mark last weekend at the UCF Invitational with her throw of 46.92 (153-11). Alanna Kovacs of DePaul was third (49.90m/163-08), followed by Victoria Paterra from Miami (OH) who had a mark of 45.10 (147-11) and Lauren Benjamin from Marquette who placed fifth with her toss of 35.88 (117-08). UC’s Jasmine Cotton placed seventh with her throw of 31.12m (102-01).
Mike Marsh, competing unattached, led the way with a time of 11.36, earning 782 points to grab the early lead. Joe Candito, competing unattached, ran 11.49 to earn 755 points. UC’s Kyle Kubera (11.68) and Matt Bova (11.80) totaled 715 and 691 points, respectively in third and fourth. James Blackwell of Cedarville was fifth after running 11.91 and grabbing 669 points. The Bearcats’ Cody Curry and Andrew Henderson placed sixth and eighth respectively earning 663 points (11.94) and 620 (12.16) points.
Marsh led the way in the second event, leaping 6.62m to earn 725 points. UC’s Kubera was on his heels in second with a jump of 6.41m, good for 677 points. Jonathan Lester from Tiffin was third, jumping 6.11m, tallying 610 points. Blackwell earned 589 points with his jump of 6.01m and Bova earned 565 points in fifth place with his effort of 5.90m. Curry jumped 5.88m to snag 561 points and Henderson’s best effort of 5.62m netted him 506 points.
Marsh won his third straight event with a throw of 13.06m in the shot put. Lester took second with a heave of 11.45m, good for 573 points. Cedarville’s Mike Herrera was third with a throw of 11.33m, taking 566 points, Candito was fourth after throwing 11.05m and tallying 549 points and Blackwell was fifth, earning 513 points for his toss of 10.45m. Bova threw 10.16m, earning 495 points, Kubera grabbed 436 points for his throw of 9.17m, Henderson had 422 points after tossing 8.94m and Curry threw 8.23m to earn 380 points.
Marsh and Kubera tied for the top spot, both clearing 1.95m to earn 758 points. Lester and Cedarville’s Landon Bundenthal tied for third at 1.85m, tallying 670 points. Blackwell grabbed fifth with his clearance of 1.79m, totaling 619 points. Bova cleared 1.76m to earn 593 points, Henderson was over 1.76m for 593 points and Curry topped 1.64m to earn 496 points.
Marsh and Bova clocked identical times of 52.80 in separate heats to share first-place honors, each snagging 690 points. Kubera was third in 52.93 after being edged at the tape by Marsh in his heat. Blackwell took fourth in 53.01 earning 681 points and Bundenthal was fifth, grabbing 627 points.
Day 1 Recap
Marsh totaled 3,626 points to earn the day one lead ahead of Kubera who is second with 3,271 points. Lester sits third (3,084), Blackwell is fourth (3,071) and Bova is fifth (3,034). Curry is in ninth with 2,700 points and Henderson tallied 2,671 points and is in 10th.
Ashland’s Cheryl Bourne took top honors in the first event, breaking the tape in 14.14 to earn 959 points. Bourne’s teammate Macy Caldwell was second, timing it at 14.82 and earning 866 points. Tiffin’s Lynzi Daughenbaugh clocked 14.99 to place third, good for 843 points and UC’s Dominique Best and Kaitlyn Good took fourth and fifth with clocking of 15.05 (835)and 15.16 (821), respectively.
Bourne topped the ledger in the shot put, heaving 12.01m to snag 662 points. Good was on her heels in second, tallying 638 points with a throw of 11.65m. Best was third, earning 537 points for her effort of 10.12m. Caldwell took fourth, throwing 9.43m and earning 492 points and Findlay’s Pam Showman was fifth with a toss of 9.34m god for 486 points.
Good leapt 1.59m to earn first place in the high jump, clearing 724 points. Caldwell and Showman tied for second at 1.65m with each earning 795 points. Bourne and Daughenbaugh both had identical clearances of 1.62m to earn 759 points in a tie for fourth place.
Bourne crossed the line first in 25.33 earning herself 857 points. Her teammate Caldwell took second, clocking 26.06 for 792 points. Daughenbaugh ran 26.11 to take third, grabbing 788 points, Good was fourth, earning 787 points for her time of 26.12 and Dayton’s Hilary Lang placed fifth with her 26.31 effort, good for 770 points.
Day 1 Recap
Bourne holds first place with a total of 3,237 points, ahead of Good in second with 3,076 points. Caldwell is third (2,945), followed by Best (2,838) and Daughenbaugh (2,821).