Women's Track & Field Wins All-Ohio Championship, Men's Team Sixth|
April 21, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio - The University of Cincinnati women's track and field team won its second consecutive All-Ohio Outdoor Championship while the men's team placed sixth, Saturday at the George L. Rider Track in Oxford, Ohio.
The women's squad tallied 191 points, led by individual champions Shanay Portis (200 meters), Kathy Klump (800 meters), Kaitlyn Good (400 hurdles), the 4x100 meter relay squad of Morgan Gordon, Portis, Cameron Gardner and Alyssa Edley, the 4x400 quartet of Portis, Jalisa Jarrett, Aricka Rhodes and Klump, Mackenzie Fields (pole vault) and Emelie Larsson (javelin).
UC took the outdoor crown a year ago at Gettler Stadium knocked off second-place finisher Miami (151.5), Akron (79.5), Dayton (69), Ohio State (58.5), Ohio (52), Xavier (48), Ashland (42.5), Wright State (37), Kent State (27.5), Bowling Green (21), Findlay (17.5), Tiffin (15), Lake Erie (8) and Shawnee State (1).
The men's team placed sixth with 74 points, led by individual title winner Chase Beckman (3,000 steeplechase). Ohio State won the men's event with 160.83 points. Akron (148.33) was second, followed by Miami (113.33), Ashland (88), Findlay (84), the Bearcats, Kent State (40), Dayton (25), Lake Erie (25), Xavier (24.5), Ohio (20), Tiffin (12) and Wright State (1).
Portis was second in the 100 meters, clocking 12.06 to finish just ahead of Gordon in third (12.19) and Gardner in fifth (12.28). Shanice Smith clocked 12.49 to take seventh.
In the men's race, Darius Howard, Dylan Bourelle and Mario Cannon finished 10-11-12 with clockings of 11.39, 11.40 and 11.41, respectively.
Portis ran 24.26 to win the 200 meters, knocking off Gordon who took second in 24.71. Garnder was fifth in 25.17 and Smith placed seventh with a 25.32 clocking.
Darnell Gilbert was fourth in the 200 meters with his time of 22.03 ahead of Howard, who ran 22.76 to place 14th, Bourelle who was 16th (22.94) and Justin Mihaly who placed 19th (23.33).
Jarrett was second in the 400 meters, running 56.35 to finish behind Rachel Clay from Miami who won the race in 54.60. Rhodes was fifth with a time of 57.29 and Edley took 11th with her effort of 59.46.
Klump broke the tape in 2:07.85 to win the 800 meters with nearly a three-second cushion. Jenna Heaton clocked a season-best 2:11.04 to finish fourth. Katie Honigford placed eighth after clocking 2:16.17.
Evan Baum clocked 3:53.85 in the 1,500 meters, placing fifth. Jeff Griffiths placed 12th in 3:58.94, Matt Collmar placed 29th in 4:09.34 and Brian Palmer ran 4:20.18 to place 36th.
Good and Gabby Calderone went 1-2 in the 400 hurdles, clocking times of 1:00.98 and 1:02.64, respectively. Harding was fourth with a 1:04.23 clocking.
Cain took 12th in 400 hurdles, clocking 55.98. Brandon Cook was 14th in 58.37 and Mitchell ran 59.55 for 15th.
Cortney Staruch was 10th in the 3,000 steeplechase, clocking 11:05.95 in the race.
Beckman clocked a season-best 9:09.86 to edge out Akron's Joe McCoy (9:10.38) in the final straight. Tyler Ross was seventh in 9:33.31.
Gordon, Portis, Gardner and Edley clocked 46.12 to earn the win in the 4x100 relay while Portis, Jarrett, Rhodes and Klump rank 3:40.74 to take top honors in the 4x400 relay.
The men's 4x100 group of Howard, Gilbert, Bourelle and Cannon clocked 42.57 to place fifth while the 4x400 squad of Hicks, Wynn, Williamson and Gilbert was seventh with their effort of 3:18.71.
In the field events, Good tied for second in the high jump, clearing 1.67m (5-05.75). She had the same height as the winner, Jennifer Foster from Ashland, but cleared the height with one more attempt, placing her in a tie for second with Destiny Prusky from Lake Erie.
Mackenzie Fields topped the field in the pole vault by clearing 3.95m (12-11.50) on her second attempt to win a jump off over Akron's Ariane Beaumont-Courteau who needed three attempts to clear the same height. Michelle Eby was third (3.69m/12-01.25) and Emily Clay was fourth (3.69m/12-01.25).
Portis also placed fourth in the long jump, leaping 5.53m (18-01.75) ahead of Edley, who was ninth (5.36m/17-07.00).
Kyle Donthnier was ninth in the long jump with his best effort of 6.72m (22-00.75) and Nwankwo was 15th with his leap of 6.45m (21-02.00).
Gardner was fifth in the triple jump with her best effort of 10.98m (36-00.25). Nwankwo placed fourth in the men's triple jump with his leap of 13.95m (45-09.25). Donthnier was ninth with a jump of 12.54m (41-01.75).
Frida Akerstrom placed fourth in the shot put with a heave of 14.90m (48-10.75). Mekayla Breland was 18th after throwing 12.94m (42-05.50) on her final attempt in the preliminary round. Jessica Molyet was 26th with her toss of 11.82m (38-09.50).
Chris Littleton was fifth in the men's shot, throwing a season-best mark of 17.24m (56-06.75) which ties him for fourth best in the BIG EAST this season.
Mary Bridges bettered her own school record in the discus, throwing 50.66m (166-02) to place second. Bridges threw 49.84m (163-06) last weekend at the Jesse owens Track Classic to set the UC mark. Molyet was sixth with a mark of 46.66m (153-01), Akerstrom took 14th with a toss of 43.48m (142-08), while Breland was 30th with an effort of 36.74m (120-06).
Littleton threw 51.28m (168-03) to take fifth in the men's discus event. Jake Haseman was on his heels in sixth wtih a toss of 50.88m (166-11). Josh Ballenger was 20th (38.75m/127-01) and Josh Province was 21st (38.46m/126-02).
Kyle Kubera was seventh in the decathlon with a 6,165 point tally while Matt Bova took ninth with his total of 5,679 points. Bova's best individual event was a third-place finish in the 1,500 meters (4:44.52) while Kubera cleared 4.55m (14-11.00) to take second place in the pole vault.
UC is back in action next weekend, heading to Des Moines, Iowa, site of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, for the Drake Relays on Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28.