Track & Field Earns Three Individual Titles On Day Two Of BIG EAST Meet
Brian Zimmerman

May 5, 2012


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TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Cincinnati track and field team crowned three individual champions, Jasmine Cotten (heptathlon), Michelle Eby (pole vault) and Brian Zimmerman (javelin), on the second day of competition at the BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Tampa, Fla.

The women's team sits second with 41 points, trailing Louisville (53) by 12 points. USF is fourth (37), followed by Syracuse (35), Providence (33), West Virginia (32), DePaul (23), Notre Dame (19.5), Villanova (19.5), Rutgers (14), Pittsburgh (14), Connecticut (12), Marquette (11), St. John's (4) and Georgetown (3).

The men's team has 22 points and is tied for ninth. Connecticut leads (47), followed by Syracuse (45), Notre Dame (41), Villanova (35.5), Louisville (32), DePaul (32), USF (26), Marquette (22.5), the Bearcats and Georgetown (22), Rutgers (10), Pittsburgh (8) and Providence (8).

Cotten totaled 5,422 points to complete her indoor-outdoor sweep of the multi-events. Cotton, a three-time conference champ, was the 2012 BIG EAST Indoor Champion and an NCAA All-American in the pentathlon. She won the long jump (5.83m/19-01.50), was second in the javelin (32.90m/107-11) and seventh in the 800 meters (2:28.39) on the second day of competition. Kaitlyn Good, who won the javelin event in the heptathlon with her throw of 35.25m (115-08), was second with 5.267 points and Dominique Best was 11th (4.365).



Cotten talked about her victory with HERE.

Eby cleared 3.95m (12-11.50) to win the women's pole vault and give the Bearcats the indoor/outdoor sweep of the pole vault. It is her first BIG EAST title and follows the win of teammate Sarah Rasnick at the 2012 BIG EAST indoor meet. Emily Clay came home in sixth, clearing 3.75m (12-03.50).

Zimmerman, who won his second BIG EAST javelin crown (2010), continued his comeback from shoulder surgery in 2011 and was the only javelin thrower to clear 200 feet Saturday. His best heave of 65.97 (216-05) outdistanced the second-place finisher by 22 feet.

Shanay Portis qualified for the final in the 100 meters and just missed the final in the 200 meters. Portis clocked 11.57 in the 100, placing her fifth in the prelims and crossed the line in 24.04 in the 200, earning 10th place. Cameron Gardner was 20th in the 100 with her time of 12.09.

Morgan Gordon was 19th in the 200 meters with an effort of 24.57 and Alyssa Edley took 22nd with her clocking of 24.92.

Darius Howard clocked 10.96 in the men's 100 meters, placing 27th. He also finished 22nd in the 200 meters with a 22.28 clocking.

Jalisa Jarrett grabbed the eighth and final spot in Sunday's 400-meters final. Jarrett clocked 55.11 in her heat. Darnell Gilbert just missed qualifying for the finals in the 400 meters, clocking 47.90 to place ninth in the preliminary, just behind the final qualifying time of 47.75.

Kathy Klump won heat No. 2 in the women's 800 meters, breaking the tape in 2:08.25 to earn a spot in Sunday's final. Jenna Heaton clocked a season-best time of 2:09.34, placing 11th in the prelims.

Michael Rutherford was second in heat two of the 800 meters preliminary, crossing the line in 1:50.12 to qualify for Sunday's final.

Evan Baum took 20th in the men's 1,500 meters, coming across the line in 3:57.89.

Eric Finan clocked 14:36.01, placing 10th in the 5,000 meters.

Danheisha Harding finished seventh in the prelims for the 400 hurdles, clocking 13.72 and earning a spot in Sunday's final.

Gabby Calderone took sixth place in the opening round of the women's 400 hurdles. She finished in 1:01.84 advancing to the Sunday final. Bryan Cain was 14th in the prelims of the men's 400 hurdles, clocking 57.51.

Portis had a best jump of 5.67m (18-07.25) in the long jump, placing her ninth overall. Tariq Sanders leapt 7.17m (23-06.25) placing ninth in the men's long jump.

Frida Akerstrom threw 15.55m (51-00.25) to earn a fifth-place finish in the women's shot put. Mekayla Breland placed 15th with her throw of 13.20m (43-03.75). Chris Littleton had a heave of 17.17m (56-04.00) to place fourth in the men's shot put.

Emelie Larsson threw 48.68m (159-08), earning the true freshman a third-place finish in the women's javelin. Good finished 10th with a heave of 40.10m (131-07).

Kyle Kubera was ninth in the decathlon with 6,140 points and Matt Bova was 10th with his total of 4,751 points. Kubera had the top mark in the pole vault, clearing 4.55m (14-11.00) to earn maximum points in that event.

The meet concludes Sunday.