UC Track Wins All-Ohio Championship|
Jan. 22, 2011
KENT, Ohio - The University of Cincinnati indoor track and field team came out victorious Saturday, Jan. 22, at the All-Ohio Championships at the Kent State Field House on the strength of seven individual wins.
The Bearcats totaled 119 points to win the All-Ohio, followed by Akron's 78.20 points and Kent State's 71.20. It's the second consecutive overall team win for UC, which won the Akron Opener on Jan. 7.
"Today we are the best team in Ohio and we are very proud of it," said UC head coach Susan Seaton. "We competed with heart and tenacity and gave a full team effort to win the championship."
The other competing teams finished in order of Miami (Ohio), Toledo, Ashland, Dayton, Bowling Green, Youngstown State, Ohio University, Wright State, Findlay, Tiffin, Central State, Xavier (Ohio) and Lake Erie.
"Having seven individual champions is a big achievement against the quality teams we faced in our home state," Seaton said. "We also proved that we are the No. 1 sprint team in the state, winning every sprint events at the meet."
Senior sprinter Natasha Burse (Garland, Texas/Richardson) earned a pair of championships. She won the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash with times of 7.54 and 24.40, respectively. Junior sprinter Aricka Rhodes (Westerville, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) finished in first in the 400-meter dash after recording a time of 55.97.
Junior Kathy Klump (Aurora, Ind./South Dearborn) was the victor in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.25. The Bearcats relay team of senior Vanessa Hardin (Westerville, Ohio), sophomore Shanay Portis (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield), Klump and Rhodes finished the 4x400-meter relay in 3:47.85, good for first place.
Junior Mackenzie Fields (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mariemont) won the pole vault competition after clearing a height of 13-01.75 feet. With a distance of 48-05.50 feet, freshman thrower Frida Akerstrom (Nynaeshamn, Sweden) finished first in the shot put event.
The UC men's outdoor track team also competed at the All-Ohio, one of its three sanctioned indoor events, and placed fifth overall as a team with 59 points.
The Bearcats were led by junior hurdler Terrence Somerville (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel), who won the 60-meter hurdle event with a time of 7.68, which is the current NCAA leader and ranks fourth in the world. His time trails only Bearcats Hall of Famer and Olympian David Payne's 7.62 in the UC record books.
Also leading the way for the men was junior distance runner Eric Finan (New Richmond, Ohio/New Richmond), who won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:17.07, over 17 seconds more than the next man to finish. His run breaks the UC record and is currently ranked second in the NCAA.
The women's team returns to action at the Pole Vault Summit, Jan. 28-29, in Reno, Nev., while the men's outdoor team will compete in another indoor meet at the Rod McCray Invitational, Jan. 28-29, in Lexington, Ky.