Track & Field Finishes Strong At USF Collegiate Invitational

Chris Littleton
Track & Field |

April 7, 2012

Complete Results

TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Cincinnati track and field squad put together a strong showing in the USF Collegiate Invitational Friday at the USF Track & Field Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

The Bearcats claimed 18 victories and 51 Top-3 finishes in the meet against the host Bulls and North Florida. The meet served as a tune-up for the Big East Outdoor Championships that will be held at USF on May 4-6.

Jasmine Cotten (100 hurdles/high jump), Chris Littleton (shot put/discus) and Shanay Portis (100 meters/4x400 relay/long jump) were each multiple event winners.

Emelie Larsson bettered her own school record in the javelin for the third-straight meet. Larsson threw 50.59m (166-00) to earn the win over the field, surpassing her previous UC mark of 50.44m (165-06), set last week at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational. Her throw also moves her back into the Top-10 nationally this seaosn.

Portis clocked 11.65, tied for the second-fastest time in the BIG EAST this season, to win the 100 meters. Cameron Gardner was third in 12.01, followed by Alyssa Edley in eighth (12.32) and Morgan Gordon in ninth (12.48).

Darius Howard and Dylan Bourelle went 3-4 in the men's 100, clocking 10.96 and 11.03, both season best marks, respectively.

Portis nearly pulled the double-dip, placing second in the 200 meters with her season-best time of 23.81. USF's Dariel Jackson edged her at the line with a 23.67. Jasmine Cotten clocked 24.70 to take ninth place. Gardner was 13th in 25.24, Gordon was 15th (25.78) and Edley was 16th (26.02).



Howard and Bourelle both ran season-best efforts in the 200, clocking 22.17 and 22.47 to place third and fourth, respectively. Kyle Kubera was seventh with a time of 23.82.

Jalisa Jarrett ran 56.90 to claim third place in the 400 meters and Aricka Rhodes was fifth in 57.09.

Darnell Gilbert ran a season-best 47.76 in the 400 meters to place second, just behind USF's Pascal Orelus, who broke the tape in 47.69 too win. UC's Tony Williamson was seventh in 50.78.

Kathy Klump won the 800 meters in 2:05.66, besting the field by over three seconds. Katie Honigford was fourth (2:21.62) and Emily Clay placed seventh (2:23.91).

Michael Rutherford led Ryan Wynn and Kyle Neyer in a 1-2-3 UC sweep of the podium in the 800 meters. Rutherford crossed the line in a season-best 1:53.00 for the win, followed by Wynn in 1:54.35 and Neyer in 1:54.74.

Jenna Heaton took third in the 1,500 meters, crossing the line in 4:43.06.

Eric Finan ran 3:56.53 to take second in the 1,500 meters.

Evan Baum (15:14.23) won the 5,000 meters in a season-best time, besting teammate Tyler Ross who was second with a season-best clocking of his own at 15:27.98.

Jasmine Cotten and Danheisha Harding finished 1-2 in the 100 hurdles with times of 13.84 and 14.01, respectively. Dominique Best was seventh with a 14.93 clocking. Cotten's run is a season-best mark and is tied for the fifth-fastest effort in the confernece this season. Harding also ran a season-best time.

Dailyn Moore ran a season-best 14.04, the best mark in the BIG EAST this season, to win the 110 hurdles. Bryan Cain was third in 14.41 and Mario Cannon was fifth in 15.17.

Good, Best and Harding went 2-4-7 in the 400 hurdles, clocking times of 1:02.49, 1:03.83 and 1:05.06, respectively. Good ran a season-best time while Best hit the BIG EAST Championship qualifying standard.

Cain clocked 55.34 to win the 400 hurdles and Chase Beckman ran 9:12.79 to win the 3,000 steeplechase and qualify for the BIG EAST Championship.

The 4x100 relay squad of Gordon, Portis, Gardner and Edley covered the course in 46.62 to earn a second-place finish.

The men's 4x100 quartet of Howard, Bourelle, Matt Bova and Gilbert clocked 42.82 to place second in its race.

The 4x400 quartet of Portis, Good, Klump and Jarrett broke the tape in 3:40.57, the fourth-best time in the league this season, to earn the win. The 'B' foursome of Gordon, Harding, Heaton and Honigford was third with a 4:01.47 clocking.

The men's 4x400 squad of Neyer, Williamson, Wynn and Gilbert was second, covering the course in 3:19.65.

Cotten cleared 1.78m (5-10.00) on her third and final attempt to take top honors in the high jump. Good was third, leaping 1.63m (5-04.25).

Kubera was over the bar at 1.88m (6-02.00) to place fourth in the men's high jump.

Michelle Eby won the pole vault with her jump of 3.90m (12-09.50). Eby and USF's Nicole Smith had the same heigh but Eby cleared on her first attempt while Smith needed her second attempt, giving the Bearcats the win as both jumpers failed to clear the next height. Mackenzie Fields took fourth with a season-best jump of 3.80m (12-05.50). Emily Clay was over the bar at 3.70m (12-01.50) and placed sixth.

Josh Dangel cleared 4.90m (16-00.75), earning third place in the men's event. Kubera had a season-best effort of 4.76m (15-07.25), earning fifth.

Portis jumped a season-best 5.90m (19-04.25) to win the long jump ahead of teammate Jasmine Cotten who was second at 5.84m (19-02.00). Best placed sixth with a leap of 5.57m (18-03.25), Edley was ninth (5.41m/17-09.00) and Good was 12th (5.19m/17-00.50).

Tariq Sanders, Michael Nwankwo and Bova went 2-4-5 in the long jump with clearances of 6.87m (22-06.50), 6.43m (21-01.25) and 5.92m (19-05.25), respectively.

Gardner was third in the triple jump with an effort of 11.33m (37-02.25).

Nwankwo (14.20m/46-07.25) took first in the triple jump, followed by Sanders (14.11m/46-03.50) in second and Danglel (12.29m/40-04.00) in third.

Frida Akerstrom and Mekayla Breland went 1-3 in the shot put with marks of 14.86m (49-09.00) and 12.82 (42-00.75), respectively.

Chris Littleton heaved the shot put 16.35m (53-07.75) to win the event over the field.

Jessica Molyet and Mary Bridges went 2-3 in the discus. Molyet cleared 47.38m (155-05) while Bridges threw 46.60m (152-11).

Littleton also took top honors in the discus, winning with a toss of 54.66m (179-04), the second-best mark in the BIG EAST this season. Jake Haseman took second place with his heave of 54.08m (177-05).

Akerstrom, Molyet and Breland went 2-3-4 in the hammer throw. Akerstrom heaved 49.52m (162-06), Molyet threw 45.10m (147-11) and Breland had a best toss of 43.55m (142-10).

Haseman was second in the hammer throw, finished with a season-best effort of 176-06 (53.81m).

Kubera (41.89m/137-05) won the javelin and Bova was second (31.21m/102-05).

The Bearcats return to action next weekend, taking part in the Jesse Owens Invitational in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14.

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