Track & Field |
May 5, 2007
2007 BIG EAST Championship Central
STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Cincinnati women's and men's track and field teams sit in fifth and eighth place, respectively, after the first complete day of competition at the 2007 BIG EAST Championships on Saturday (May 5). The women have scored 31.5 points, while the men posted 14 points at Connecticut's George L. Sherman Family Sports Complex.
Junior Brittany Klima highlighted day one action for the Bearcats, as she won the pole vault title with a 12' 9-1/2" clearance, bettering her own school record. Klima had previously vaulted 12' 6" at the Southern Ohio Cup on March 31. Teammate Tara Meier, who won the 2007 BIG EAST Indoor pole vault crown, finished fourth with an 11' 11-3/4" vault.
Senior Ashley Wilhelm impressed as well, finishing third in the long jump (19' 9") and fourth in the heptathlon (5,409). Senior Renee Hein was fifth in the javelin, reclaiming the school record from Wilhelm with a 137' 9" throw. She is the favorite in the high jump which takes place on Sunday.
Junior Monica Hundley sped to a school record in the 100 hurdles for the third straight week. She finished fourth in the prelims with a 13.74, more than two tenths faster than her previous personal best. The finals of the 100 hurdles are scheduled for Sunday.
On the men's side, freshman Dayo Igeleke qualified for the finals in the 100 (10.54) and 200 (21.40), while senior Bob Kandell qualified in the 200 (21.63) and 400 (47.42). Sophomore Troy Lammers moved on in the 400 hurdles after posting the third-best mark, finishing in 52.41.
Senior John Dixon finished ninth in the 10,000 meters (30:28.82), just missing out on the points and finishing less than two tenths behind Chris Reis' 2001 school-record 30:28.67.
Senior Kevin Schwarz and sophomore Rick King each scored in the 3,000 steeplechase. Schwarz was fifth with a 9:05.63, while King placed eighth in 9:13.02.
Senior Andrew Smith placed third in the high jump (6' 8-1/4"), while Chris Hill (49' 4-1/2") and John Martin (48' 6-1/4") finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the shot put.
The final day of competition begins on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. with the men's javelin competition.