Bearcats Duel with Akron to Open 2014

Jan. 9, 2014

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The University of Cincinnati's 2014 indoor slate begins this Friday at the Stile Athletics Field House in Akron, Ohio for a rare dual meet with the Zips.

Field events will begin with the men's pole vault at 6:45 p.m. with running events getting started at 7:15 p.m. The meet will be on scored on a 5-3-2-1 basis for individual events with two athletes per school eligible to score. Relays will be scored 5-3 with one score per team.

Fans should enter through the UA student recreation center main entrance. Tickets are $6 at the door and can be purchased starting at 5:45 p.m. Live results will be posted to with a free live web stream available through

1. The dual will be the Bearcats' second meet of the season after competing at the Hoosier Open on Dec. 13-14. In Bloomington, UC brought home five first-place finishes and a handful of career-best performances.

2. Cincinnati returns nine of their 11 student-athletes that participated at the 2013 NCAA East Preliminary Round for the outdoor season. At the top of that list is All-American pole vaulter Josh Dangel and Swedish national champion Frida Akerstrom, who won the shot put this past summer. The rest of the participants were: Mary Bridges, Erika Hurd, Emelie Larsson, Alyssa McBride, Jessica Molyet, Dailyn Moore and Michael Nwankwo.

3. At the Hoosier Open, Dangel vaulted 16' 10.75", which is currently tied for the 10th best mark in the country. With his personal-best indoor height being 17' 1", he looks to improve on his ranking this weekend. The senior will have a good measuring stick this weekend as he takes on the country's top vaulter in Shawn Barber of Akron. Barber cleared a height of 18' 0.5" this past weekend.

4. Hurd also ranks towards the top in the NCAA as she sits tied for fourth in the high jump at 5' 8.75". The sophomore qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round last spring and recorded a personal-best jump of 5' 10' earlier in the 2013 season.

5. Nwankwo sits fifth nationally in the triple jump after going 49' 8.25" at the Hoosier Open. The mark is his personal-best for indoors and ranks second in school history behind Al Lanier's jump of 52' 5.5" in 1972.