April 12, 2014
The University of Cincinnati track & field programs each snatched second place at the All-Ohio Championships at Gettler Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats brought home a combined nine individual titles, including seven on Day Two of the meet.
The women's team really shined in the sprints as they garnered three titles in that category.
The 4x100-meter team got things started as they bolted to a time of 45.62, which ranks fifth in UC history. The foursome was comprised of Morgan Gordon, Kenya Woodall, Olivia Lopes and Shanice Smith.
Smith continued her excellence in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash as she finished third in the 100m and fourth in the 200m. Her time in the 200-meter dash was a personal-best of 24.28, and it puts her fourth in the UC records book.
Woodall garnered the 400-meter title as she cruised across the finish line at 53.92.
Je'Rica Sanders grabbed second in the 100-meter hurdles as she crossed the line at 13.71. Her time was a career-best, and it ranks her fourth in UC history.
Sophomore high jumper Erika Hurd also obtained an individual crown as she won the high jump with a clearance of 5' 7.75".
Mary Bridges excelled in the discus for the Bearcats as she finished third with a toss of 156' 9".
The women's team finished second in the team standings with 109.5 points. Akron was crowned the overall champion with 199 points.
The men's team also had great success in the sprints but also dabbled in some impressive performances in the distance races.
In the 100-meter dash, Nick Kowaleski and Tevin-Lloyd Thompson finished second and third. Kowaleski's time was a personal-best of 10.63, while Thompson's time of 10.72 is a collegiate-best since it was his season debut.
Kowaleski and Thompson combined with Demitri Beal and Nathan Jones to win the 4x100-meter relay. Their time of 40.79 ranks them eight in UC history.
Darnell Gilbert snatched the 400-meter crown with a career-best time of 46.95. His time now moves him to sixth in UC's records book.
Freshman Anthony Car also recorded a personal-best time as he strided to a time of 3:53.35 in the 1,500-meter run, which was good enough for fourth.
Evan Baum and Kevin Fink finished two-three in the 5,000-meter run also. Baum's time of 14:44.67 was a career-best effort.
Sophomore Macklin Tudor had another impressive day in the throws as he won the discus and finished second in the shot put. His shot put throw of 56' 7.5" is a new personal-best and ranks fourth in Bearcats' history.
Michael Nwankwo also garnered a second-place finish by jumping 48' 8.75" in the triple jump.
The men's team also broke home a runner-up finish as a team with 138 points, while the Zips again won the team title with 205 points.
The Bearcats are back in action next weekend as they head to Lexington, Ky. for the Heart of Bluegrass Classic. The two-day event begins on Friday, April 18.