Indoor Track & Field Grabs Seven Event Wins At EIU Early Bird
Paris Campbell

Dec. 11, 2011

CHARLESTON, Ill. - The University of Cincinnati indoor track and field team opened its indoor season Friday, picking up seven event wins at the Eastern Illinois University Early Bird Meet at Lantz Fieldhouse.

Shanay Portis won the 60-meter dash with a finals time of 7.65 after earning the top seed into the finals with her run of 7.71. Her time in the 29th best in the NCAA this season and she was one of five UC sprinters to qualify for the BIG EAST Conference Championships at 60 meters.

Paris Campbell (4th/7.75), Morgan Gordon (6th/7.84), Cameron Gardner (8th/7.96) and Alyssa Edley (9th/7.84) all met the qualifying standard. Gordon (7.75) and Gardner (7.81) posted better qualifying times in the preliminary round. Campbell, Gordon and Edley all set personal bests.

Campbell earned top honors in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking a personal-best time of 8.59 seconds, the seventh-fastest time in the nation this season and a BIG EAST qualifying mark.

Portis and Gordon finished 1-2 in the 200 meters. Portis was first in 25.40 and Gordon was second in 25.57. Shanice Smith took fourth place in 25.84.

Aricka Rhodes ran a time of 57.52 to win the 400 meters, hitting the standard for the BIG EAST meet. Her converted time of 56.82 ranks in the Top-15 nationally this season.

Kathy Klump ran a personal-best time of 2:54.93 to win the 1,000 meters, finishing ahead of Jenna Heaton, who was third in 2:58.50.

Klump and Heaton teamed with Portis and Rhodes to win the women's 4x400-meter relay. The quartet's combined time of 3:52.28 ranks as the seventh-best mark in the nation this season.



Jasmine Cotten scored 3,803 points to win the women's pentathlon, the five-event competition that includes the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800 meters. Cotten posted top marks in the hurdles (8.67), high jump (1.78), shot put (11.39) and long jump (5.63).

Kaitlyn Good, who placed second with a personal-best total of 3,621 points, had the top mark in the 800 meters with her run of 2:19.93. Cotten and Good's point totals both rank in the Top-5 nationally this season. Dominique Best tallied 3,237 points to finish fourth overall.

Sarah Rasnick qualified for the BIG EAST meet and placed third in the women's pole vault with her leap of 3.80 (12' 5.5"). Clay was seventh with a jump of 3.20 (10' 6").

Portis and Edley placed 2-3 in the long jump with jumps of 5.39 (17' 8.25") and 5.33 (17" 5.75"), respectively. Cameron Gardner had a personal-best leap of 11.31 (37' 1.25").

UC placed three student-athletes in the Top-6 of the shot put. Frida Akerstrom (14.39/47' 2.5") placed third, Jessica Molyet (13.62/44' 8.25") set a personal best and finished fifth and Mekayla Breland (13.43/44' 0.75") also had a personal best, placing sixth. All three hit the qualifying standard for the BIG EAST meet.

Molyet also took fifth in the weight throw with a personal-best effort of 15.30 (50' 2.5"). Akerstrom (14.94/49' 0.25") was sixth and Theresa Seide (14.09/46' 2.75") was 10th.

The Bearcats will not return to the track until the new year, heading north to the Akron Opener on Friday, Jan. 13, 2011 at the Stile Field House.