Somerville Sets UC Record on Final Day of BIG EAST Meet|
May 5, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The University of Cincinnati track and field teams crowned a pair of individual champions on the final day of competition Sunday at the BIG EAST Conference Championships in Piscataway, N.J.
UC’s women’s team finished in sixth place with 61 points, while the mens’ squad placed 10th, scoring 38.5 points.
Senior hurdler Terrence Somerville ran away with the BIG EAST 110-meter hurdles title and the school record with a time of 13.41, clipping the previous school record by .01 seconds.
“It feels good to be back in this position,” said Somerville. “I always want to keep my name at the top of the rankings, and it feels good to be back up there again. After redshirting last year and taking time off because of injuries, to come back and win the title after I won it in 2011 is a really good feeling for me and my team.”
David Payne held the previous record, running a 13.42 in the 110-meter hurdles in 2004. For Somerville, setting the record was a reminder of how great a career Payne had with UC.
“For a while the school record wasn’t that important to me,” Somerville continued. “I didn’t want to focus on the record; I just wanted to focus on running fast. Now that I have the school record I see the importance of it. Knowing all that David Payne gave to the team and what he did in his post-collegiate career, looking at the record means that I could be on pace to accomplish some of the things he did.”
Somerville was joined in Sunday’s circle of champions by teammate Josh Dangel, who won the men’s pole vault. Dangel vaulted a personal best 17’6 5/8” (5.35 meters), just .02 centimeters off the meet record.
“I felt pretty good today, even though I came in at a lower opening height than normal,” said Dangel. “I played it safe and got the first bar out of the way and cleared the next bars. I missed on one of the bars and the UConn guy [Cory Duggan] cleared that height, so I knew I would have to clear the next height if I wanted to win gold for Coach Schnier. I cleared the bar on my third attempt and the next bar on my first attempt, forcing UConn to clear the bar at the next height to keep up with me.”
Duggan was unable to clear the bar, and Dangel walked away with the 2013 title.
Dangel and Somerville join Emelie Larrson (javelin) and MacKezine Fields (pole vault) as UC’s four individual champions during the 2013 outdoor meet, bettering the Bearcats total of three titles a year ago.
Michael Nwanko and Tariq Sanders had strong performances in the men’s triple jump. Nwankwo placed fifth with a jump of 50’4” and Sanders came in seventh place with a distance of 45’4”.
“Everyone tried very hard,” said Schnier. “This is a conference of stars and too many other teams had more stars than us this week. We had two stars and to have two conference champions is something most teams do not have.
“Josh and Terrence are very strong,” continued Schnier. “Terrence beat David Payne’s school record .01 seconds, and David was the second faster hurdler in the world that year, so this is a tremendous accomplishment.”
Freshman hurdler Javette Lee topped her personal best in the 400-meter hurdles, running a 1:02.17 to take eighth place Sunday. Je’Rica Sanders place seventh in the 100-meter hurdles, running a 14.28, while high jumper Erika Hurd took fifth place Sunday with a height of 5’9”.
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