Personal Bests Highlight Day One of BIG EAST Championships

May 3, 2013

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Day one of the BIG EAST Track and Field Championships came to a close Friday evening as seven University of Cincinnati student-athletes recorded personal bests in several events.

Decathletes Matt Bova, Nathan Deslandes and Kyle Kubera and heptathletes Liz Carr, Cameron Gardner and Taylor Rosenhagen each recorded personal bests Friday. Mekayla Breland also notched a personal record in the women's hammer throw.

Bova recorded personal bests in the 100- and 400-meter dashes with times of 11.65 and 51.63, respectively. Deslandes hit his personal best in the high jump with a height of 5'11.5". Kubera ended day one notching personal bests in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.34 and the long jump with a distance of 21'11". His time of 52.43 marked his best time in the decathlon 400-meter dash, while his day one total points (3,496) also served up a personal best for the first day of competition in the event.

On the women's side, Carr's 2,427 points, as well as her marks in the 100-meter hurdles (16.08), high jump (4'10.25") and 200-meter dash (27.77) marked personal bests. Gardner recorded a personal best in the heptathlon 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.27. Her 39'6.5" toss in the shot put, 4'10.25" height in the long jump and time of 24.45 in the 200-meter dash marked personal bests and helped her score 2,883 points, the most she has scored on day one of any heptathlon competition. Rosenhagen followed with personal bests100-meter hurdles (15.82), high jump (5'4.25") and 200-meter dash (26.98) to give her a day one total of 2,865 points, also a personal record.



The men's and women's hammer throw rounded out competition for day one. UC's Breland finished in eighth place with personal record toss of 169'9". Monica Phillips placed ninth with a throw of 168'10" and Frida Akerstrom finished in 10th place with a distance of 168'8". Jessica Molyet threw the hammer 158'5" for a 16th place finish.

Josh Province was UC's sole men's hammer competitor and finished in 14th place with a toss of 163'4".

The heptathlon and decathlon continue at 9 a.m. ET Saturday. Track events begin at 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday with the men's and women's 1,500-meter run. Field events resume with the men's shot put at 11 a.m., and the women's long jump at 11:30 a.m.

Fans can watch day two for free via BIGEAST TV. For the Bearcats' schedule of events click here. For more information on the 2013 BIG EAST Track and Field Championships, including live results, visit Championship Central.