Cincinnati Advances Seven to Sunday's Finals
Gabby Calderone

May 3, 2014

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On a cool and windy day in Tampa, Florida, the University of Cincinnati track & field programs competed at the second day of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, which was comprised of mostly preliminary rounds. The men head into the final day of competition in sixth place, and the women enter Sunday in 10th.

In the 100-meter dash, Demitri Beal sprinted into Sunday’s finals. The junior, who was fifth in his heat, got in with his of 10.75 and earned the eighth spot.

Darnell Gilbert ensured his spot in the final of the 400-meter dash as he won his heat. The senior, who won the indoor 400m title, tied for the fastest prelim time of 47.26 with Erol Nolan from Houston.

Freshman Anthony Car received a spot in the finals of the 1,500-meter dash as he ran 3:55.39 to claim third in his heat. He enters tomorrow’s final with the sixth-fastest time.

Sophomore Bryan Cain finished third in his heat of the 110-meter hurdles but earned a spot in tomorrow’s finals with his time of 14.76. He enters with the sixth-best time.

Macklin Tudor competed in one of the few finals on Saturday as he garnered sixth in the shot put. The sophomore transfer threw 54’ 1” on his second throw of the competition and was unable to improve his position in the finals after recording three fouls.

Kyle Donthnier closed out the decathlon on Saturday with an eighth-place finish. The sophomore recorded two personal-records on the final day as he ran 16.88 in the 110-meter hurdles and cleared 14’ 1.25” in the pole vault. His decathlon point total of 6,024 is also a new career-best.

Senior Evan Baum also snatched an eight-place finish but it was in the 5,000-meter run. He ran a career-best of 14:38.56.

The men currently sit in sixth place with 32 points. Tomorrow they have an opportunity to improve their placing with Bearcats competing in nine events on the final day.  

In the women’s pole vault, Sarah Rasnick and Amanda Hotaling finished in a five-way tie for sixth with clearances of 11’ 7”. Alyssa McBride, who was the indoor pole vault champion, was unable to clear the opening height.

Misfortune continued for the women’s team in the 400-meter dash as Kenya Woodall won her heat, but she was disqualified for running out of her lane.

Things turned around for UC in the 100-meter hurdles as Je’Rica Sanders and Javette Lee earned spots in the finals. Sanders won the second heat with a time of 14.18, while Lee grabbed third in the same race to enter the finals with the seventh-best time of 14.56.

Gabby Calderone continued the success in the hurdles as she ran a personal-best time of 1:01.66 in the 400-meter hurdles. She finished second in her heat and advanced to the finals based on her time, which was the fifth fastest.

Junior Mekayla Breland garnered her second top-eight finish of the championships by claiming eighth in the shot put.

The final day of the American Championships begins at 10 a.m. with the men’s pole vault, men’s discus and women’s triple jump. Running events are slated to begin at 11:10 a.m. with the 4x100-meter relay. Links to live results and video can be found at the top of this page or by visiting Championship Central.