UC heads to Kent State's Doug Raymond Invitational|
Jan. 11, 2013
The University of Cincinnati women's indoor track & field team will compete in its first meet of the new calendar year Saturday when it takes part in the Doug Raymond Invitational at Kent State University. The one-day meet will take place at the Kent State Field House.
The Bearcats last competition at the SPIRE Institute Collegiate Opener on December 15. UC turned in strong performances that day - 16 results would be among the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) top 50s - but it has been four weeks since that meet. Nonetheless, head coach Susan Seaton believes her student-athletes will be ready for this weekend's event.
"There is always concern when much of the team was left to train on their own for three weeks during the holiday break between semesters," Seaton said. "But I do have confidence that they took care of business and will pick up right where they left off."
Standouts among the performances at SPIRE were Kaitlyn Good and Mackenzie Fields. Good had a banner day competing in the pentathlon, totaling 3,907 points to be ranked third in the nation by USTFCCCA. Her 2:13.79 time in the 800 meters is currently 10th and her 5' 6.5" height in the high jump is 39th. There won't be a pentathlon competition held at the Doug Raymond meet so Good will be competing in individual events instead.
Fields came out of the SPIRE meet with the nation's best mark in the pole vault (13' 5.25"), which has since been bettered by one inch. She remains second on the USTFCCCA list.
"(Good and Fields) both had tremendous starts to the season," said Seaton. "Provided they stay healthy, they will be in position to do even greater things later this season."
Aside from no pentathlon competition, the team will be competing mostly in their specialty events. Morgan Gordon (sprints), Jalisa Jarrett (400 meters) and Je'Rica Sanders (hurdles) will be making their first appearances of the 2012-13 season after missing the SPIRE meet. The Bearcats will also run the distance medley relay for the first time this season. Additionally, freshman Alyssa McBride (pole vault) will be making her UC debut. McBride was named Ohio's Gatorade girls' track & field athlete of the year after setting the state record at 13' 1" to win the OHSAA Division II state title in the pole vault. She went on to win at the New Balance Indoor Nationals as well.
The Kent State Field House It is a multi-purpose facility with an artificial turf football infield and a 300-meter Mondo track. It is a relatively familiar facility for the Bearcats, having hosted the All-Ohio meet two years ago when UC won the meet in impressive fashion, besting second-place Akron by over 40 points. In that meet, current team members Fields won the pole vault and Frida Akerstrom the shot put.
"We have run some great times there in the past, including some school records that were set at this facility, so we are excited to return," said Seaton.
You can follow the Bearcats at the Doug Raymond Invitational through live Twitter updates on @UCDougMosley.
DOUG RAYMOND INVITATIONAL - schedule and expected UC entry list
10 a.m. - 5,000 meters
12:30 p.m. - 1,000 meters - Hannah Christ
2:15 p.m. - 60-meters hurdles finals
2:25 p.m. - 60 meters finals
4:55 p.m. - Distance medley relay
5:25 p.m. - 4x400-meters relay