Track & Field Sweeps Oliver Nikoloff Invitational Titles
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March 31, 2012

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CINCINNATI -

The University of Cincinnati track and field team swept the titles at the 2012 Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, Saturday at Gettler Stadium.

The men's team tallied 156 points to top the field. Miami (OH) was second (123), followed by Tiffin (101), Marquette (99), Ashland (91), Kent State (66), DePaul (47), Xavier (29), Bellarmine (25), Dayton (19), Cedarville (13), Kentucky (12) and Northern Kentucky (5).

On the women's side, the Bearcats tallied 191.5 points. Marquette was second (102), trailed by Miami (OH) (83.5), Dayton (81), DePaul (81), Kent State (65), Ashland (48), Xavier (47), Tiffin (46.5), Bellarmine (23), Northern Kentucky (6), Kentucky (2.5), Findlay (2) and Mount Union (2).

A pair of Bearcats earned multiple event wins with Kathy Klump in the 800 and 1,500 meters and Tariq Sanders earning the top spot in both the long jump and triple jump.

Kaitlyn Good staged a second-day victory in the heptathlon, winning the final two events in the seven-event marathon to earn the victory.

UC got single event wins from Morgan Gordon (200 meters), Shanay Portis (400 meters), Eric Finan (5,000 meters), Dailyn Moore (110 hurdles), Jasmine Cotten (100 hurdles), Michelle Eby (pole vault), Chris Littleton (discus) and the women's 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams on the day.

On day one of the meet Friday, UC's Brian Zimmerman topped the men's javelin.

Emelie Larsson broke her own school record in the women's 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).

The Bearcats will return to action next weekend, sending a group to the USF Invitational in Tampa, Fla. as well as a group heading to the Miami (OH) Invitational in Oxford, Ohio.

100 METERS

Men's

  • Nick Williams from Xavier ran 10.77 to earn the victory. Tiffin’s Emmanuel Grembo was second (10.83), ahead of Marquette’s Tyler O’Brien (10.97), and the Ashland duo of DeAndre Davis (11.02) and Jordan Hoppel (11.07). UC’s Darnell Gilbert came home 10th (11.21), Dylan Bourelle was 16th (11.28), Darius Howard placed 19th (11.37), Kyle Donthnier was 22nd (11.84) and Michael Nwankwo was 23rd (12.19).

Women's

  • Miami’s Diona Graves clocked 11.86 for the win, leading a pair of UC runners, Alyssa Edley and Cameron Gardner who finished 2-3 with times of 12.16 and 12.18, respectively. Miami’s Layne Baggett was fourth (12.25) and Noelle Tazioli from Dayton was fifth (12.30). UC’s Shanice Smith was eighth (12.45), Jalisa Jarrett placed 10th (12.63) and Aricka Rhodes was 13th (12.75).

200 METERS

Men's

  • Xavier’s Nick Williams ran 21.66 to earn the victory over Marquette’s Tyler O’Brien, who placed second in 21.73. Tiffin’s Justin Ware was third (21.83), followed by Cincinnati Darnell Gilbert (21.99) and Ashland’s DeAndre Davis (22.22). UC’s Dylan Bourelle was 12th (22.58) and Darius Howard placed 16th (22.80).

Women's

400 METERS

Men’s

  • Jahquil Hargrove from Miami (OH) earned the top spot with a run of 48.48. Keith Cleveland of Ashland was second with a 48.54 clocking, followed by Robert Balzano from Miami (OH) who clocked 49.25 in third, Tom Scott from Ashland in fourth with a time of 49.65 and Ashland’s Damian Winner in fifth with a 49.74 clocking. UC’s Kevin Hicks was 15th (51.03), Ethan Leonard (51.98) placed 20th and Justin Mihaly clocked 52.32 to finish 21st.

Women's

  • Shanay Portis clocked 55.86 to earn the win for Cincinnati. Lindsey Holden (56.72) and Loreal Curtis (56.77), both of DePaul, placed second and third respectively. Marquette's Stephanie Grant too fourth in 56.97 and Bellarmine's Meghan Jones was fifth in 56.98. UC's Morgan Gordon was seventh with a time of 58.01.

800 METERS

Men's

  • DePaul’s Chris Miedema broke the tape in 1:52.86 for the win over Miami’s Kevin Brown (1:53.37). Ashland’s Brian Baum was third (1:53.43), followed by Miami’s Jack Spilman (1:53.99) and Cincinnati’s Ryan Wynn (1:54.11). UC’s Kyle Neyer was sixth (1:54.65), Tony Williamson placed 10th (1:55.20), Brian Barney took 16th (1:56.44), Zachary Fields was 17th (1:56.45), Chase Beckmann took 21st (1:57.64) and Ethan Bokeno was 24th (1:58.63).

Women's

  • Cincinnati's Kathy Klump held off a late charge from Miami’s Kelley Miller to win the 800 meters in 2:09.69. Miller clocked 2:10.60 for second place. Miami’s Taylor Wickware was third (2:15.46), Kent State’s Danielle Dougherty placed fourth (2:16.32) and DePaul’s Alex Muller was fifth (2:16.60). UC’s Katie Honigford was seventh with a time of 2:16.90.

1,500 METERS

Men's

  • Tiffin's Colin Fisher won the race in 3:51.77, ahead of DePaul's Evan Ross who was second in 3:53.53. Kent State's John Minen took third with a time of 3:54.18, DePaul's Eddie McDaniels was fourth in 3:55.55 and Cincinnati's Evan Baum took fifth with a 3:55.68 effort. The Bearcats' Jeff Griffiths and Chase Becmann placed 7-8 with times of 3:57.95 and 3:58.71, respectively. Matt Collmar was 15th with a time of 4:01.75, Rob Flannigan was 23rd in 4:07.54, Brian Palmer was 25th with a time of 4:07.64 and Kyle Lang took 33rd with his effort of 4:12.98.

Women's

  • Cincinnati's Kathy Klump took top honors with a time of 4:33.93. Xavier's group of Rachel Clark, Caylin Howell and Clare Fisher finished 2-3-4 with times of 4:35.32, 4:37.00 and 4:38.39, respectively. Monica Fisher from Miami (OH) was fifth in 4:39.54. UC's Carly Bauer placed 36th with a time of 5:23.70.

5,000 METERS

Men's

  • Cincinnati’s Eric Finan took the lead heading into the bell lap and clocked 14:19.46 for the win, holding off Miami’s Jarod Eick (14:19.85) and running the sixth-fastest time in the country this season. Marquette’s Jack Hackett was third (14:29.75), followed  by Ashland’s Matt Stratman (14:33.80) and Xavier’s Hank Geer (14:41.36).

Women's

  • Dayton's Elissa Mason broke the tape in 17:04.97 for the win. Becky Clark, competing unattached, was second in 17:18.75. Abby Fischer of Xavier took third in 17:34.75, ahead of a pair of Miami (OH) runners, Melissa Girgis in fourth (17:40.64) and Mattie Moncayo in fifth (17:43.43). UC's Cortney Staruch was eighth in 17:47.55. Lauren Goodwin won second two of the race in 18:21.11 and finished 17th overall. The Bearcats' Alex Mahle took 24th in 18:56.28.

HURDLES

Men's 110

  • Dailyn Moore clocked 14.41 to earn the win ahead of teammate Bryan Cain who was second in 14.46. JaShawn Combs from Miami (OH) took third with a time of 14.54, Bellarmine's Seth Sigler was fourth in 14.70 and Tiffin's Zachary Cernansky was fifth with a time of of 15.12. UC's Mario Cannon took ninth with a clocking of 15.47 and Brandon Cook was 13th in 16.68.

Women's 100

  • Jasmine Cotten and Danheisha Harding went 1-2 in the race with times of 14.06 and 14.34, respectively. Kendra Bassitt from Ashland was third in 14.64, Xavier's Emily Tyler clocked 14.74 for fourth and Miami's Xerina Hughey was fifth with a time of 14.76. UC's Brianna Patton was 15th with a 17.47 clocking and Paris Campbell was 16th in 19.70.

400 HURDLES

Men's

  • Miami's Skyler Coburn clocked 54.64 to pace the field. Tiffin's duo of Andrew Moore  (55.00) and Vyshawn Arnold (55.27) went 2-3, followed by UC's Bryan Cain in fourth with a time of 55.37 and Ashland's Wesley Washington was fifth in 55.39. Cincinnati's Brandon Cook placed seventh in 59.20.

Women's

  • DePaul's Kelcie Daniels won the women's event with a clocking of 1:03.48, ahead of Cincinnati's Danheisha Harding who finished in 1:04.19 to place second. Kent State's Lynnese Beyan was third (1:04.53), Bellarmine's Madison Roark took fourth (1:04.64) and UC's Gabby Calderone was fifth in 1:04.67.

3,000 STEEPLECHASE

Men’s

  • DePaul’s Matthew Graham finished in first, crossing the line in 9:00.93. Blake Johnson and Peter Bolgert from Marquette finished 2-3 with times of 9:07.43 and 9:08.56, respectively. Brendan Chwalek from Northern Kentucky finished in 9:14.08 taking fourth and Kent State’s Michael Heller was fifth in 9:18.02. UC’s Tyler Ross placed sixth with a 9:20.00 effort.

Women’s

  • Xavier’s Ashley Vincent took the win with a time of 10:43.94, followed by Dayton Lindsey Cummings (10:53.29), and three Marquette runners, Courtney Kelly in third (10:55.89), Sarah Ball in fourth (11:07.59) and Melissa Budelier in fifth (11:29.30).

4X100 RELAY

Men's

  • Tiffin's squad of Tony Marshall, Justin Ware, Jacob Buckwalter and Emmanuel Grembo covered the course in 41.47 to earn the win. Ashland's quartet of Brian Pongallo, Keith Cleveland, DeAndre Davis and Jordan Hoppel were second in 42.04, Marquette's group of Glenn Lawrence, Connor Stengel, Dan Nierzwicki and Tyler O'Brien placed third with a time of 42.73 and the Bellarmine quartet of William Saucer, Dominique McGinnis, Seth Sigler and Damar Williams  were fourth in 42.75. UC's foursome of Darius Howard, Dylan Bourelle, Matt Bova and Darnell Gilbert placed fifth with a 43.13 clocking.

Women's

  • The Cincinnati quartet of Morgan Gordon, Shanay Portis, Cameron Gardner and Alyssa Edley clocked 45.70 to earn the win. Miami's team of Layne Baggett, Rachael Clay, Diona Graves and Katie Scannell was second in 46.76 ahead of Dayton's Maya Pedersen, Rachel Weber, Noelle Tazioli and Ashley DeMange who placed third in 47.67. Ayesha Ewing, Loreal Curtis, Sarah Gordon and Lindsey Holden from DePaul took fourth in 48.03 and Marquette's Chanel Franklin, Carlye Schuh, Katie Kemmerer and Stephanie Grant who snagged fifth in 48.20.

4X400 RELAY

Men's

  • Ashland’s quartet of Damian Winner, Tom Scott, Drew Windle and Keith Cleveland crossed the line in 3:15.80 to earn the event win. The Miami (OH) team of Robert Balzano, Jahquil Hargrove, Jack Spilman and Jordan Goffena took second in 3:17.57, ahead of Cincinnati’s Bryan Maldinger, Ryan Wynn, Kevin Hicks and Darnell Gilbert (3:18.78). Kent State came in fourth after the 3:18.83 turned in by Laron Brown III, Dillon Corbett, Ryan Thomas and Matthew Thompson and Marquette was fifth with a 3:19.25 run by the foursome of Connor Stengel, Glenn Lawrence, Evan Ross and Kyle Winter. UC’s ‘C’ team of Justin Mihaly, Brian Barney, Ethan Bokeno and Bryan Cain clocked 3:26.54 while the ‘B’ quartet of Tony Williamson, Michael Rutherford, Kyle Neyer and Zachary Fields finished in 3:28.14.

Women's

  • Cincinnati’s Shanay Portis, Alyssa Edley, Jalisa Jarrett and Aricka Rhodes clocked 3:51.16 to earn the win over Miami’s Katie Scannell, Caroline Kwateng, Kelley Miller and Rachael Clay, who was second in 3:54.65. Marquette’s Gretchen Homan, Jenny Zahn, Kate Hein and Stephanie Grant took third (3:56.48), Kent State’s Lynnese Beyan, Andreea Patrasc, JoAnne Pittman and Tiffany Jones were fourth (3:56.93) and DePaul’s quartet of Elizabeth Jefferson, Rebecca Adamcheck, Sarah Gordon and Kelcie Daniels placed fifth (4:00.08).

HIGH JUMP

Men's

  • Marquette's Cheldon Brown was first with a leap of 2.03m (6-08.00) ahead of Kent State's Ruben Belen (1.98m/6-06.00) in second, Marquette's Michael Saindon (6-06.00) in third, Miami's Matt Gambill in fourth with a jump of 1.93m (6-04.00) and Kent State's Justin Bailey in fifth with a clearance of 1.88m (6-02.00).

Women's

  • Ashland's Jennifer Foster cleared 1.68m (5-06.00) for the win over Bellarmine's Nora Bowe who was second at 1.63m (5-04.25). Dayton's Ellie Grandi was third in a jump off over Tiffin's Meghan Gill and Kent State's Loren Thomas who tied for fourth. All cleared identical heights of 1.63m (5-04.25).

LONG JUMP

Men's

  • Tariq Sanders from Cincinnati leapt 7.14m (23-05.25) to earn the win over the field. Brandon Bruner (7.10m/23-03.50) and Marquis Brookins (7.06m/23-02.00), both competing unattached, finished second and third, respectively. Miami’s John Cantwell was fourth with a best effort of 6.83m (22-05.00) and Tiffin’s Emmanuel Grembo took fifth (6.74m/22-01.50). UC’s Michael Nwankwo was sixth with a jump of 6.66m (21-10.25) and Kyle Donthnier was ninth with his effort of 6.51m (21-04.25).

Women's

  • Tiffin's Marielle Segbor won the event with a leap of 5.42m (17-09.50) ahead of Carlye Schuh from Marquette who was second with a toss of 5.31m (17-05.25). DePaul's Ashley Holden was third (5.29m/17-04.25), Tiffin's Kayla Eliks took fourth (5.23m/17-02.00) and Ashland Jennifer Bjelac was fifth (5.20m/17-00.75).

TRIPLE JUMP

Men’s

  • Cincinnati’s Tariq Sanders and Michael Nwankwo went 1-2 with marks of 14.25m and 14.12m, respectively. Tiffin’s Antonio Combs placed third with a leap of 14.09m, Marquette’s James Muehleman was fourth (13.94m) and John Cantwell of Miami (OH) was fifth with a best effort of 13.82m. UC’s Kyle Donthnier was seventh with a jump of 12.29m.

Women’s

  • Maddi Schmidt from Dayton jumped 11.38m (37-04) to earn the win. Kent State’s Keri Dantley was second with a jump of 11.17m (36-07.75), ahead of Ashland’s Shaunisha Winter who was third in 10.90m (35-09.25). D’Wanda Ford from Tiffin took forth with a leap of 10.77m (35-04) and Krista Stillson from Miami (OH) was fifth with a mark of 10.70m (35-01.25).

POLE VAULT

Men’s

  • Cincinnati’s Tariq Sanders and Michael Nwankwo went 1-2 with marks of 14.25m and 14.12m, respectively. Tiffin’s Antonio Combs placed third with a leap of 14.09m, Marquette’s James Muehleman was fourth (13.94m) and John Cantwell of Miami (OH) was fifth with a best effort of 13.82m. UC’s Kyle Donthnier was seventh with a jump of 12.29m.

Women’s

  • UC’s Michelle Eby cleared 3.75m (12-03.50) for the win over Dayton’s Katrina Steinhauser who was second with a vault of 3.60m (11-09.75). Abby Croft from Marquette was third, also with a clearance over 3.60m (11-09.75) and UC’s Michelle Eby and Miami’s Hannah Tabler tied for foruth, also clearing 3.60m (11-09.75).

SHOT PUT

Men’s

  • Aaron Crabtree from Kent State took the top spot with a heave of 17.36m (56-11.50). Tiffin’s John Pemberton placed second with his effort of 17.19m (56-04.75). DePaul’s Matt Babicz took third (16.72m/54-10.25), followed by Robert Stein from Miami (OH) (16.41/53-10.25) and Chris Littleton from Cincinnati (16.25m/53-03.75).

Women’s

  • Kent State’s Joh’vonni Mosley threw 15.68m (51-05.50) to earn the win. Cincinnati’s Frida Akerstrom took second place with a best effort of 15.19m (49-10.00) Kent State’s Jackie Leppelmeier was third (13.95m/45-09.25), Marquette’s Kristen Gaffey was fourth (13.73m/45-00.50) and Rebecca Famurewa took fifth (13.48m/44-02.75). UC’s Mekayla Breland was sixth (13.46m/44-02.00) and Jessica Molyet took 17th (11.88m/38-11.75).

DISCUS THROW

Men's

  • UC's Chris Littleton threw 52.85 to outpace the field. Kentucky's Isiah Kent was second with a throw of 49.61, DePaul's Matt Babicz took third with an effort of 48.94, Miami's Nathan Hoch was fourth with a distance of 48.86 and Kent State's Aaron Crabtree took fifth with a throw of 48.38. UC's Jake Haseman was 11th with his best toss of 46.39m, Josh Ballenger took 21st with a mark of 40.30m and Josh Province was 24th with a distance of 36.53m.

Women's

  • Mary Angell, competing unattached, took top honors with a heave of 53.53m (175-07). DePaul’s Alanna Kovacs was second (49.43m/162-02), followed by UC’s Jessica Molyet (47.40m/155-06) and Mary Bridges (47.29m/155-02) in third and fourth and Tiffin’s Katherine Gerhardt in fifth with a mark of 47.24m (155-00). UC’s Frida Akerstrom placed 11th after throwing 44.29m (145-04) and Mekayla Breland placed 23rd (34.60m/113-06).

HAMMER THROW

Men’s

  • Ashland’s Garrett Grey threw 62.17m (204-00) to earn the victory over Bo Crabtree from Kent State who was second with a toss of 58.56m (192-01). Kent State’s Matthias Tayala was third (57.47m/188-06) followed by Ashland’s duo of Craig Call (56.06m/183-11) and Richard Quick (54.96m/180-04). UC’s Jake Haseman placed 11th with a throw of 48.69m (159-09), Josh Province was 24th with a toss of 41.46m (136-00) and Josh Ballenger was 26th (40.41m/132-07).

Women’s

  • Mallory Barnes, competing unattached, threw 56.94m to earn the win. Kent State’s Jackie Leppelmeier was second (56.54m), ahead of Marquette’s duo of Kathryn Koeck (54.94) and Samantha Kennedy (54.03) in third and fourth. UC’s Frida Akerstrom took fifth with a toss of 53.39m. The Bearcats’ Jessica Molyet was 16th with her throw of 44.94m, Mekayla Breland was behind her in 19th with a toss of 41.81m and Bridget McNeill took 24th with a throw of 38.73m.

DECATHLON

  • Mike Marsh, competing unattached, led wire-to-wire, winning eight out of 10 events on the way to tallying 7,011 points to earn the victory over UC’s Kyle Kubera who was second with 6,426 points. Cedarville’s James Blackwell was third (6,426), followed by teammate Landon Bundenthal (5,456) and Cincinnati’s Matt Bova (5,357). The Bearcats’ Cody Curry was eighth (4,852) and Andrew Henderson was ninth (4,564).

110 Hurdles

  • First-day leader Marsh opened up day two of the decathlon by topping the charts with a run of 15.49 earning 791 points. Kubera was second, totaling 716 points for his time of 16.15. Bova was third with his 16.37 clocking, good enough for 692 points. Blackwell finished in 16.77 to earn 648 points in fourth while Bundenthal ran 17.45 and tallied 578 points. UC’s Cody Curry clocked 18.10 to grab 515 points while teammate Andrew Henderson clocked 17.83 and took 541 points.

Discus

  • Marsh threw the discus 39.71m (130-03) to earn the win and 659 points. Kubera was second after throwing 33.51m (109-11) and tallying 534 points. Tiffin’s Kyle Danbury was third with a best effort of 31.50m (103-04) to total 494 points, Blackwell was fourth with a throw of 31.04m (101-10) and 485 points and Tiffin’s Jonathan Lester was fifth with a mark of 28.42m (93-03) and 433 points.

Pole Vault

  • Kubera took the top spot, clearing 4.60m (15-01), ahead of Marsh in second who was over the bar at 4.50m (14-09) to earn 760 points. Blackwell was third with a vault of 4.40m (14-05.25), earning 731 points. Curry was fourth (4.30m/14-01.25) to grab 702 points and Cedarville’s Mike Herrera was fifth (4.00m/13-01.50) to take 617 points.

Javelin

  • Marsh threw 52.10m (170-11) to score 620 points in the javelin. Kubera was second with a toss of 45.00m (147-08), ahead of Danbury who scored 475 points after throwing 42.28 (138-08). Herrera placed fourth after his mark of 41.80m (137-02) and Bundenthal was fifth with a mark of 40.87m (134-01), earning 455 points.

1500 Meters

  • Bundenthal won the 1,500 meters, clocking 4:51.81 to earn 608 points. Kubera was second in 4:53.17 (600), Bova was third, clocking 4:53.32 (599), Blackwell was fourth in 4:53.55 (597) and Marsh placed fifth with a time of 5:00.80 (555).

HEPTATHLON

  • Cincinnati’s Kaitlyn Good won the last two events to tally a comeback win over Ashland’s Cheryl Bourne. Good tallied 5,150 points for the 47-point victory over Bourne (5,103). Ashland’s Macy Caldwell took third (4,686), UC’s Dominique Best was fourth (4,446) and Tiffin’s Lynzi Daughenbuagh was fifth (4,269).

Long Jump

  • UC’s Dominique Best had the top jump, leaping 5.37m to total 663 points. Cheryl Bourne, the leader after the first four events, was second with a jump of 5.26m, grabbing 631 points. Dayton’s Hilary Lang was third after a jump of 5.17m, good for 606 points, Tiffin’s Kayla Davis placed fourth, jumping 5.16m (603 points) and UC’s Kaitlyn Good took fifth earning 592 points for a leap of 5.12m.

Javelin

  • Good took the top spot in the javelin, throwing 35.31m to earn 578 points. Bourne placed second with her throw of 32.50m, good for 524 points. Ashland’s Macy Caldwell was third with a best effort of 28.37m, earning 446 points. Dayton’s Erin Baldinger took fourth with her throw of 28.34 earning 445 points and Tiffin’s Kayla Ellks was fifth with her effort of 25.13m, totaling 385 points. UC’s Best threw 21.54m to tally 318 points.

800 Meters

  • Good clocked 2:14.22 to earn 904 points to close out the overall win. Caldwell was second with a time of 2:27.95 to earn 719 points. Bourne took third with a 2:28.53 clocking to snag 711 points, Daughenbaugh was fourth with a time of 2:32.48 to grab 662 points and Lang was fifth snagging 656 points after running 2:33.00.