Track & Field Earns Finishes Fourth And Seventh At BIG EAST Outdoor Meet
Kathy Klump

May 6, 2012

Complete Results

TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Cincinnati women's track and field team tallied its best ever finish as the BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships wrapped up Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

The women's team tallied 81 points to finish fourth, its best finish since joining the BIG EAST Conference. Louisville won the women's title (104), followed by Notre Dame (99.5), USF (84), the Bearcats, West Virginia (72), Pittsburgh (66), Georgetown (61), Villanova (60.5), Connecticut (51), Rutgers (45), Syracuse (44), Providence (33), DePaul (30), St. John's (15) and Marquette (11).

The men's squad came home in seventh, scoring 58 points. Notre Dame won the meet (153) and was followed by USF (100), Pittsburgh (86), Connecticut (83), Syracuse (79), Villanova (75.5), the Bearcats, Georgetown (57), DePaul (47), Rutgers (38), Louisville (36), Marquette (28.5) and Providence (14).

The Bearcats crowned three individual champions on the weekend, with Jasmine Cotten (heptathlon), Michelle Eby (pole vault) and Brian Zimmerman (javelin) all earning individual titles.

Shanay Portis clocked 11.75 to come home eighth in the women's 100 meters.

Jalisa Jarrett was seventh in the women's 400 meters with her time of 55.25.

Kathy Klump placed third in a tightly contested women's 800 meter final. Klump clocked 2:04.70 to finish behind Heather Wilson of Connecticut (2:04.55) and Nicky Akande of Villanova (2:04.56).

The men's 800 meters was equally close with the top six finishers placing within a second of each other. Michael Rutherford came home third in 1:51.41, just behind the Villanova duo of Samuel Ellison (1:50.99) and Christopher Fitzsimons (1:51.24).



Danheisha Harding crossed the line in 13.64, finishing fifth in the 100 hurdles. Gabby Calderone was seventh in the women's 400 hurdles with her run of 1:02.25.

The 4x100 relay squad of Morgan Gordon, Portis, Cameron Gardner and Alyssa Edley finished in 45.52, grabbing a third-place finish.

The men's 4x100 quartet of Darius Howard, Darnell Gilbert, Dylan Bourelle and Mario Cannon clocked 41.87 to finish sixth.

The 4x400 quartet of Portis, Edley, Jarrett and Aricka Rhodes crossed the line in 3:42.36, placing sixth.

The men's team of Bryan Cain, Brian Barney, Zachary Fields and Gilbert was second in its heat with a time of 3:16.41, placing seventh overall.

The foursome of Kaitlyn Good, Jenna Heaton, Katie Honigford and Kathy Klump ran 8:45.60 in the 4x800 relay to earn a fifth place finish.

The men's 4x800 relay came home third, clocking 7:30.09 behind the running of Kyle Neyer, Ryan Wynn, Tony Williamson and Rutherford.

Cotten was eighth in the women's high jump with a top clearance of 1.73m (5-08).

Josh Dangel was fourth in the men's pole vault with a best clearance of 4.95m (16-02.75). Kyle Kubera also finished in the points, placing seventh with his jump of 4.50m (14-09.00).

Mary Bridges was second in the discus after a heave of 50.66m (161-05). Jessica Molyet was sixth with her best effort of 46.66m (153-01). Frida Akerstrom was ninth after tossing 43.70m (143-04).

Jake Haseman and Chris Littleton finished 4-5 in the discus, respectively. Haseman had a best mark of 51.39m (168-07) while Littleton threw 51.32m (168-04).