16 Bearcats Place on Final Day of AAC Championships
Darnell Gilbert

May 4, 2014

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The University of Cincinnati track & field programs closed out the inaugural American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships with the men claiming seventh and the women earning ninth. UC garnered 16 total top-eight finishes on the final day of competition.

Darnell Gilbert garnered a runner-up finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.13. The senior was the indoor champion, but Errol Nolan, who is a Jamaican Olympian, edged out Gilbert with a new stadium record of 46.00.

The Bearcats earned a chunk of points in the pole vault as senior Josh Dangel finished third and classmate Dillon Risser claimed seventh. Dangel cleared 17’ 0” before going out at the ensuing height.

A pair of fourth-place finishes with Bryan Cain in the 110-meter hurdles and the 4x100-meter relay. Cain clocked 14.65 with a headwind. The 4x100m quartet was comprised of Demitri Beal, Nathan Jones, Nick Kowaleski and Tevin-Lloyd Thompson.

Beal also placed individually as he snatched sixth in the 100-meter dash. The junior ran a time of 10.94 into a headwind of 2.6 meters per second.

Freshman Anthony Car earned fifth in the 1,500-meter run as he outkicked a pair of competitors on the homestretch. He crossed the line with a time of 3:56.72.

Michael Nwankwo also reeled in a fifth-place finish in the triple jump. The junior had a season-best mark on his first jump of the competition which was 49’ 8.5”.

Sophomore transfer Macklin Tudor struggled in the discus and did not make the finals, despite entering the weekend as the event favorite.

UC closed out the day with a sixth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay. The foursome ran a season-best time of 3:13.60 and was comprised of Bryan Maldinger, Gilbert, Robert Diehl and Nathan Alexander.

The men totaled 72 points on the weekend to earn seventh place.

Je’Rica Sanders was the top finisher on the women’s side as she garnered a runner-up finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.83.

The women also snatched a trio of third-place finishes with Erika Hurd in the high jump, Jessica Molyet in the discus and the 4x100-meter relay.

Hurd and Ashleigh Pickens each cleared 5’ 8”, which was the winning height, but due to misses at previous heights, Hurd, who won the indoor title, claimed third. Pickens had a few misses at earlier heights, so she was fifth overall. Her mark goes down as a new personal-best and ranks sixth in UC history.

Molyet hurled the discus 162’ 1” on her second attempt to place third. Teammate Mary Bridges also placed as she finished seventh with a toss of 154’ 4”.

The 4x100-meter relay had a strong run from their quartet of Morgan Gordon, Kenya Woodall, Cameron Gardner and Shanice Smith. The foursome clocked a new season-best time of 45.48 to earn fourth overall, but Houston was disqualified for an illegal handoff, which bumped UC onto the podium. The Bearcats’ time is tied for the third fastest in school history.

Senior Gabby Calderone recorded a career-best time of 1:00.62 in the 400-meter hurdles as she finished fourth, respectively. Calderone’s impressive time goes down as the third fastest in the Bearcats’ records book.

The 4x400-meter relay closed out the meet with an eighth-place finish. The quartet was comprised of Jada Grant, Kenya Woodall, Kaele Lightfoot and Jalisa Jarrett.

The women finished the meet with 45.4 points and finished ninth overall.

The Bearcats will now take a week off before competing at the Cardinal Twilight on May 16. The meet in Louisville, Kentucky will be the last chance for student-athletes to improve their marks and times for the NCAA East Regional.