June 11, 2017
EUGENE, Ore. - Loretta Blaut put together a solid performance in the high jump to earn a tie for sixth as the junior claimed USTFCCCA All-America First Team honors for the second year in a row to lead the University of Cincinnati women’s track and field team on the final day of competition at the 2017 NCAA Final that was held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Blaut, the lone Bearcat competitor on the fourth and final day of action in the Pacific Northwest, scored 1.5 points for the team to help UC to a tie for 69th place overall.
// BLAUT FINISHES SIXTH
For the second year in a row, Blaut claimed not only a sixth-place finish in the high jump, but also grabbed first-team All-America honors. Blaut opened the day by clearing 1.73m (5-08.00) on her first attempt and then proceeded to clear the next two bars on her first attempt, too, as she took down 1.78m (5-10.00) and then 1.82m (5-11.50). With the bar raised to 1.85m (6-00.75), Blaut took three tries at tying the school record, but was unsuccessful as the field of 13 remaining competitors was whittled down to five. Based upon misses, Blaut and three other women each tied for sixth place as none of the four ladies missed prior to 1.85m. One miss at any of those bars would have sent an individual to a placement outside the Top 8, which would not score team points and also relegate that individual to second team honors.
// TEAM SCORING
With the 1.5 points Blaut accumulated with her finish, the Bearcats finished the competition in a tie for 69th overall with both Lehigh and Texas State. Host Oregon won the team title to sweep all three national titles this year (cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field) with 64.0 points while Georgia was just off the pace in second with 62.2 points. USC (43), Kentucky (40) and Florida (39) rounded out the Top 5 teams in the standings.
// ALL-AMERICA HISTORY - BLAUT
With her All-America honor, Blaut brought her career totals to three All-America accolades overall and two first-team designations. She is now tied for second in women’s program history for both overall All-America honors (indoor and outdoor, first and second team) and for the most first-team certificates. When looking at just outdoor performances, Blaut is the first woman to earn multiple first-team All-America honors in a career and ties for the all-time program lead with both Al Lanier (1972 and 1973 long jump) and David Payne (2003 and 2004 110m hurdles) as the only Bearcats to earn multiple first-team honors.
// ALL-AMERICA HISTORY - TEAM
With Blaut and Adrian Valles (pole vault) earning first-team All-America honors and both Macklin Tudor and the women’s 4x400m relay team of Haisha Bisiolu, Deanna Gesicki, Tiona Lattimore and Bryana Robinson all earning second-team, the Bearcats program finished with seven individuals collecting All-America honors this year. The All-America total is the most in a single outdoor meet for the Bearcats in program history, surpassing the four attained last year, which also broke the previous record of three that were earned in 2015, 2011 and 1973. The 2017 haul also marks the second season in a row that UC has had two, first-team All-Americans.
// IN THE BLOCKS
With the conclusion of competition in Eugene, the 2017 outdoor and 2016-17 collegiate seasons have come to a close. The Bearcats will return to action when the cross country team toes the line in September. Before then, several track and field athletes will compete in various summer events, including the 2017 U.S. Senior and Junior National Championships in Sacramento, Calif., as well as events in Europe.
2017 NCAA Final • Day 4 (6/10/17)
t6. Loretta Blaut - 1.82m (5-11.50) - All-American
Women’s Team Standings (FINAL)
1. Oregon - 64.0
2. Georgia - 62.2
3. USC - 43.0
4. Kentucky - 40.0
5. Florida - 39.0
69. CINCINNATI - 1.5
UC tied with Lehigh and Texas State
2017 USTFCCCA All-Americans
First Team (2)
Blaut, Loretta - Women’s High Jump
Valles, Adrian - Men’s Pole Vault
Second Team (5)
Bisiolu, Haisha - Women’s 4x400m Relay
Gesicki, Deanna - Women’s 4x400m Relay
Lattimore, Tiona - Women’s 4x400m Relay
Robinson, Bryana - Women’s 4x400m Relay
Tudor, Macklin - Men’s Discus