Bearcats come out strong at SPIRE Collegiate Indoor Season Opener

Kaitlyn Good
Track & Field |

Dec. 15, 2012

The University of Cincinnati indoor track & field team came out in strong form Saturday in its first formal meet of the season, posting nine results that rank among the top 50 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national results reports through last weekend's meets. The Bearcats dominated the competition at the SPIRE Institute Collegiate Opener meet in Geneva.

"We are very excited about our great start to the season," said head coach Susan Seaton. "Several Bearcats achieved national-level marks and the whole team competed with purpose. This is definitely a meet to build on."

Among the UC student-athletes who put up nationally ranked efforts were:

* Mackenzie Fields matched the best pole vault height in the nation with her winning vault of 13'5.25".

* Erika Hurd's height of 5'8" in the high jump ranks among the top 20.

* Frida Akerstrom had a throw of 49'2.5" in the shot put, good for the top 20.

* Kaitlyn Good scored 3,907 points in the pentathlon, a figure that would place her in the top five nationally. Teammate Taylor Rosenhagen's 3,018 points is within the top 50.

* Kenya Woodall won the 400 meters in 56.79, a time that ranks amongst the top 20 in the nation.

* Kelsey Mueller posted a top 50 national time in the 800 meters, winning in 2:18.86.

* The Bearcats 4x400-meters relay team of Shanay Portis, Jada Grant, Javette Lee and Woodall recorded a top 50 time of 3:53.04.

* Monica Phillips' weight throw mark of 58'1.25" is in the top 50.

Among other standouts, Portis added three individual wins (long jump, triple jump and 60 meters) to the relay team victory that she led off.

The Bearcats also competed in the men's pole vault with Josh Dangel finishing first with a vault of 16'6" and Tommy Marks second at 16'0". Both efforts are among the top 50 vaults in the nation.

The Bearcats' next meet will be on January 12 when they participate in the Doug Raymond Indoor Invitational in Kent.

Results (UC finishers):

Pentathlon: 1. Kaitlyn Good, 3.907; 3. Taylor Rosenhagen, 3,018

High jump: 1. Erika Hurd, 5'8"; 3. Ashleigh Pickens, 5'4.25"; 4. Liz Carr, 5'0.25"

Pole vault: 1. Mackenzie Fields, 13'5.25"; 2. Amanda Hotaling, 11'9.75"; 2. Emily Clay, 11'9.75"; 4. Chelsea Vaughan, 11'3.75"

Long jump: 1. Shanay Portis, 18'3"; 2. Alyssa Edley, 16'11.5"

Triple jump: 1. Shanay Portis, 37'0.5"

Shot put: 1. Frida Akerstrom, 49'2.5"; 3. Mekayla Breland, 44'8.75"; 5. Jessica Molyet, 42'0.75"

Weight throw: 1. Monica Phillips, 58'1.25"; 2. Mekayla Breland, 53'10.25"; 3. Jessica Molyet, 52'6.75"; 5. Frida Akerstrom, 51'11.25"; 7. Mary Bridges, 47'7.25"

60 meters: FINAL - 1. Shanay Portis, 7.65; 2. Cameron Gardner, 7.80; 3. Erika Hurd, 7.95; 4. Alyssa Edley, 7.96; 5. Emily Cunningham, 7.97; 6. Mackenzie Fields, 8.04; 7. Shanice Smith, 8.05

60-meters hurdles: 1. Danheisha Harding, 8.90; 3. Javette Lee, 9.08

200 meters: 2. Cameron Gardner, 25.45; 3. Emily Cunningham, 25.54; 4. Alyssa Edley, 26.00; 5. DanHeisha Harding, 27.22

400 meters: 2. Kenya Woodall, 56.79; 4. Jada Grant, 57.84; 5. Javette Lee, 58.21; 6. Gabby Calderone, 59.11

800 meters: 2. Kelsey Mueller, 2:18.86; 3. April McPherson, 2:26.67; 4. Rachel Richardson, 2:27.08

Mile: 2. Ashley Earman, 5:34.97; 3. Carly Bauer, 5:38.80; 5. Stephanie Mee, 5:44.59

3,000 meters: 1. Emily Clay, 10:26.02; 2. Anne Pace, 10:38.98; 3. Amber McAlpine, 10:52.54

400-meters relay: 1. UC "A" (Portis 57.5, Grant 58.9, Lee 59.5, Woodall 56.9) 3:53.04; 3. UC "B" (Mueller 64.5, McPherson 65.1, Earman 67.4, Deitzer 62.8) 4:20.02

Men's pole vault: 1. Josh Dangel, 16'6"; 2. Tommy Marks, 16'0"



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