T&F: Echikunwoke Smashes Record to Lead Bearcats
April 14, 2017


CINCINNATI - The first day of action at the All-Ohio Outdoor Track & Field Championships came to a close Friday night at Gettler Stadium in Cincinnati with the University of Cincinnati track and field program capturing four individual titles to lead the way in the annual meet pitting many of the teams from around the state against one another. One of the top performances of the day was turned in by Annette Echikunwoke as she not only won the hammer, she also bettered her own school record for the second week in a row.

In the Division I standings, the UC women currently lead the way while the UC men sit second so far. The Bearcats women have scored 69 points and lead current runner-up Miami by 23 points (46). Dayton and Ohio State are tied for third with 16 points while Wright State (14) and Bowling Green (12) round out the teams that have scored so far. On the men’s side, Miami has a commanding lead so far as the RedHawks have amassed 83 points with UC sitting second with 38 points. Ohio State (20), Ohio (16) and Dayton (5) round out the teams that have scored so far.

Echikunwoke won the hammer throw as she launched the ball out to 63.91m (209-08), one of two marks of over 63 meters on the day, to claim the gold medal and shatter her own school record for the second week in a row. The junior, who moved her best mark to 62.23m last week, improved by 5’ 6” this week as she broke the 63 meter barrier - and almost reach the 64 meter mark - twice on the day. With her winning mark, she has now raised her personal best by over 45’ since the start of last season.

Echikunwoke was not the only victor on the day for the women as three others took top honors in their respective events. On the track, Juliana Madzia, in her final home meet, ran 37:39.30 to win the 10,000m run while missing her PR by 0.17 seconds. Her finish made it a 1-2 showing for the Bearcats as Tessa Ward was second in a PR 38:45.01.

In the field, Irati Mitxelena also was close to her outdoor PR as she won the long jump with a leap of 5.79m (18-11.75), which is just 2cm off her outdoor best of 5.81m that she jumped earlier this season. The final champion came from Brooke Catherine, who cleared 3.90m (12-09.50) to win the pole vault while equalling her season-best clearance.

While Catherine won the pole vault, three of her teammates posted personal-best clearances with all three climbing over 3.75m (12-03.50). That group included two true freshmen in Lily Bunse, who placed second overall, and Rachel Coghill, who placed fourth. Bunse was working toward a higher bar, but a broken pole ended her day early (she would be fine following the incident). The final PR came from Sadie Brass, who bettered her previous best of 3.60m, an improvement of 3.75 inches.

The women’s heptathlon got underway with the first four events of the seven-event competition that sees Angelica Lightfoot leading the overall scoring with 2,961 points, the eighth-best first-day total in program history, while Naomi Urbano sits second overall with 2,942 points, the ninth-best total in UC history. Maggie Loeffler joined the other two with a PR of her own as she tallied 2,775 points to sit fifth after the first day.

Lightfoot: the rookie made the most of her first collegiate heptathlon as she recorded four personal bests with two marks that rank in the Top 10 of the program’s heptathlon lists. She opened running 15.06 for the ninth-fastest time in UC heptathlon 100m hurdles history while also launching the shot put out to 11.90m (39-00.25) for the fifth-best mark in UC heptathlon history.

Urbano: the sophomore reached a personal-best first-day total on the strength of PRs in all four events on the day. She opened by running 15.03 for the sixth-fastest time in UC heptathlon history before tying her heptathlon personal best in the high jump at 1.63m (5-04.25), tying her for eighth-best in UC heptathlon history. She also posted the seventh-best throw in UC heptathlon shot put history with a best of 11.35m (37-02.75).

Loeffler: the junior picked-up PRs in three events, including a big personal-best clearance of 1.66m (5-05.25) to win the high jump portion of the heptathlon and post the seventh-best heptathlon clearance in UC history. She also posted PRs in the 100m hurdles (15.33m) and the shot put (9.97m/32-08.50).

The men were represented in a trio of events on the day with a pair of runner-up finishes highlighting the day with both of those being earned by true freshmen. Austin Edwards finished second overall in the long jump as he posted a best of 7.21m (23-07.75), just off his collegiate personal-best mark of 7.28m, while Chris Province took runner-up honors in the hammer with a heave of 48.78m (160-00), a personal best.

Five other men competed on the day and all placed in the Top 7 to secure team points for the Bearcats. On the track, Nick Grismer was fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase while Frank Pierce was seventh in a personal-best time of 10:01.12. In the long jump, Sergio Acera placed fourth overall with a leap of 6.84m (22-05.25) while the duo of John Zedella (48.20m/158-01) and Aaron Deaton (38.44m/126-01) finished third and fifth, respectively, in the hammer.

The second and final day of action at the All-Ohio meet will take place Saturday at Gettler Stadium.

2017 All-Ohio TF Championships

2017 All-Ohio Outdoor Championships - Day 1 (4/14/17)
Women’s Results
3,000m Steeplechase
5. Marina Wrede - 11:36.46 - PR

10,000m Run
1. Juliana Madzia - 37:39.30
2. Tessa Ward - 38:45.01 - PR

Long Jump
1. Irati Mitxelena - 5.79m (18-11.75)
11. Kellsa Mbah - 4.56m (14-11.50)

Pole Vault
1. Brooke Catherine - 3.90m (12-09.50)
2. Lily Bunse - 3.75m (12-03.50) - PR
4. Rachel Coghill - 3.75m (12-03.50) - PR
5. Sadie Brass - 3.75m (12-03.50) - PR
10. Allie Plybon - 3.45m (11-03.75)

1. Annette Echikunwoke - 63.91m (209-08) - PR & UC RECORD
12. Nicole Breeden - 52.14m (171-01)
17. Ashley Williams - 41.65m (136-08) - PR
      Alexis Gray - foul

Day One Scoring
1. Angelica Lightfoot - 2,961 points - PR & UC #8
3. Naomi Urbano - 2,942 points - PR & UC #9
5. Maggie Loeffler - 2,775 points - PR
Rankings before names are in Division I results (DII/NAIA removed)

Event #1 - 100m Hurdles
1. Naomi Urbano - 15.03 [838 pts] - PR & UC Hep #6
3. Angelica Lightfoot - 15.06 [834 pts] - Hep PR & UC Hep #9
5. Maggie Loeffler - 15.33 [799 pts] - PR

Event #2 - High Jump
1. Maggie Loeffler - 1.66m (5-05.25) [806 pts] - PR & UC Hep #7
2. Naomi Urbano - 1.63m (5-04.25) [771 pts] - PR & UC Hep #t-8
3. Angelica Lightfoot - 1.60m (5-02.57) [736 pts] - PR

Event #3 - Shot Put
5. Angelica Lightfoot - 11.90m (39-00.25) [654] - PR & UC Hep #5
6. Naomi Urbano - 11.35m (37-02.75) [618] - PR & UC Hep #7
7. Maggie Loeffler - 9.97m (32-08.50) [527] - PR

Event #4 - 200m Dash
3. Angelica Lightfoot - 26.70 [737 pts] - PR
4. Naomi Urbano - 26.70 [715 pts] - PR
6. Maggie Loeffler - 27.85 [643 pts]

Women’s Team Scores - Division I
2. Miami - 46
3. Dayton - 16
3. Ohio State - 16
5. Wright State - 14
6. Bowling Green - 12

Men’s Results
3,000m Steeplechase
4. Nick Grismer - 9:39.16
7. Frank Pierce - 10:01.12 - PR

Long Jump
2. Austin Edwards - 7.21m (23-07.75)
4. Sergio Acera - 6.84m (22-05.25)

2. Chris Province - 48.78m (160-00) - PR
3. John Zedella - 48.20m (158-01)
5. Aaron Deaton - 38.44m (126-01)

Men’s Team Scores - Division I
1. Miami -- 83
3. Ohio State - 20
4. Ohio - 16
5. Dayton - 5