April 19, 2014
The University of Cincinnati track & field programs garnered 17 top-eight finishes at the Kentucky Relays on Saturday in Lexington, Ky. Sophomore Kenya Woodall led the way for the women as she tallied two top-eight finishes, while sophomore Mackling Tudor paced the men with two as well.
Woodall bumped down from her traditional 400-meter dash to run in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. In the 100m, the sophomore clocked in second overall with a time of 11.74, which is the fourth fastest time in UC history. She also jumped into the Bearcats' records book in the 200 as she ran 24.39, which puts her sixth all-time, and claimed fifth.
Freshman Kaele Lightfoot joined Woodall in making her mark in the records book as she ran a 2:13.36 to claim eighth in the 800-meter run, which ranks 10th all-time.
Erika Hurd nabbed Cincinnati's lone individual title of the day as she won the high jump with a clearance of 5' 10", matching her outdoor personal-best. Fellow sophomore Ashleigh Pickens had a career day as she set a new career-best by jumping 5' 7" and grabbing fourth overall.
UC also had two finish in the top-eight in the pole vault as Alyssa McBride finished third with a height of 12' 9.5", and Sarah Rasnick snatched seventh.
Mary Bridges and Jessica Molyet, who rank one-two in the discus in UC's record books, garnered sixth and seventh in their specialty, respectively.
Carmeron Gardner also placed in a throwing event as she took fifth in the javelin.
On the men's side, Tudor was the team's top performer grabbing a pair of top-eight finishes. The sophomore transfer finished third in the discus with a hurl of 179' 4". He then turned around to claim sixth in the shot put with a throw of 55' 11.75".
Success in the field events continued as Josh Dangel grabbed third in the pole vault and Dillon Risser finished seventh, respectively.
UC's distance crew had a quality day as well with Evan Baum finishing fourth in the 5,000-meter run and Tyler Ross claiming sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Both notched personal-best times with Baum crossing the line at 14:43.03 in the 5,000m and Ross finishing the steeplechase at 9:27.94.
Senior Darnell Gilbert also tallied a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.31.
The Bearcats now trek to the historic Drake Relays next weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. The three-day meet begins on Thursday, April 24 with a number of distance races.