Schnier Honored as Bearcats Set Records at Oliver Nikoloff Invitational|
March 30, 2013
CINCINNATI - It was the end of an era Saturday at University of Cincinnati's Gettler Stadium as Bill Schnier coached his final home meet at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational. Schnier, who will retire at the end of the outdoor campaign after 33 years at UC, was honored during the meet by UC Director of Athletics Whit Babcock and the Department of Athletics. Along with Schnier, UC also held Senior Day, recognizing the achievements and careers of 13 student-athletes.
Saturday was filled with strong performances by the Bearcats. Mackenzie Fields continued her impressive season, setting the Gettler Stadium and school records in the women's pole vault with a height of 14'1.25". Fields' vault on Saturday currently ties for second in the nation.
Records were set on the men's side as well. Josh Dangel's height of 17'6.25" in the pole vault set the Gettler Stadium record, breaking the previous record of 17'2.75" set by Kevin Shipper of Notre Dame in 2010. Dangel's mark on Saturday ranks sixth in the nation.
When asked how he felt about Fields and Dangel breaking records, Schnier said, "Well you have to feel really good if someone breaks a record. Mackenzie Fields in the pole vault is spectacular and she has one of the top heights in the country. Josh Dangel got a Gettler Stadium record on an amazing jump. I'm really proud of the two pole vaulters and Kris Mack for coaching them so well."
UC's Morgan Gordon, Shanice Smith and Kenya Woodall finished1-2-3 in the women's 200, while Darnell Gilbert took first in the men's 200. Woodall and Gilbert both finished first in the women's and men's 400, respectively. Woodall's 55.41 is seventh-best in UC history.
The women's 4x100 relay team of Gordon, Shanay Portis, Woodall and Smith finished first with a time of 45.79, which ties for tenth-best in school history
In the women's 100 meter hurdles, Je'Rica Sanders' time of 13.96 ranks sixth-best, while DanHeisha Harding's 14.01 ranks eighth in program history.
In one of the last events of the day, UC's Michael Nwankwo recorded the program's third-best mark in the men's triple jump with a distance of 49'7.75".
UC's women finished in first place, scoring 216.50 points and winning eight of 21 events. Miami (Ohio) and Dayton followed with 146.50 and 112 points, respectively. Marquette scored 93.50 points for fourth place, while Southeast Missouri finished fifth with 68.50 points. Xavier (44) and Northern Kentucky (33) placed sixth and seventh, respectively. Kentucky (31), Eastern Kentucky (18), Butler (17), Notre Dame (15) and Findlay (4) round out the women's field.
On the men's side, the Bearcats took third place with 184.50 points and won seven of 21 events. Southeast Missouri placed first with 196 points, followed by Miami (Ohio) with 189. Eastern Kentucky (49) and Marquette (47.50) round out the top five. Butler (45) finished sixth, while Xavier (Ohio) scored 27 points for seventh place. Cedarville (26) finished eighth while Notre Dame and Kentucky tied for ninth with 14 points. Northern Kentucky placed 11th with 10 points and Detroit Mercy finished 12th with two points to complete the men's competition.
Somerville Finishes Third at Texas Relays
Although away from his team Saturday, senior Terrence Somerville was not absent from competition. Somerville placed third in the 110m hurdles at the Texas Relays with a time of 13.48. The race was loaded with talent as the top four times in the final mark the four fastest times in the nation this season. Somerville's time ties for the fifth-fastest in school history and was faster than the former Texas Relays meet record of 13.50.
Oregon's Johnathan Cabral won the race in 13.33, which is the fastest time in the world this year. Clemson's Spencer Adams was second with a time of 13.47, third-fastest time in the world. Somerville's 13.48 finish is the fourth-fastest in the world.
Final UC Results
Women's 10,000 Meters: 4. Ashley Earman, 38:17.74.
Women's Javelin: N/A
Women's Shot Put: 2. Frida Akerstrom 47'10.50"; 5.Mekayla Breland 45'09.75"
Men's Long Jump: N/A
Men's Triple Jump: 1. Michael Nwankwo 49'7.75"; 4. Chris Greene 45'7.00"
Women's Triple Jump: N/A
Men's High Jump: 6. Michael Nwankwo 6'6"
Women's 5,000: 31. Stephanie Mee 20:13.08
Women's 4x100: 1. Cincinnati "A" Gordon, Portis, Smith, Woodall 45.79
Men's 4x100: 3. Cincinnati "A" Howard, Girgis, Lyshe, Gilbert 42.35; 4. Cincinnati "B" Risser, Alexander, Marks, Greene 43.92
Women's 3,000 Steeple: 12. Maggie Bischoff 12:34.26
Men's 5,000: 16. Eric Hauser 15:30.32; 18. Jeff Griffiths 15:40.19
Women's 4x400: 2. Portis, Lee, Grant, Woodall 3:47.52; 12. Clay, Fields, Vaughan, Pickens 4:17.84
Men's 4x400: 2. Court, Gilbert, Lyshe, Maldinger 3:18.63; 5. Cain, Mihaly, Williamson, Wynn 3:26.81