UC men's and women's teams in action at Univ. of Kentucky indoor meet|
Jan. 25, 2013
For the first time this season, the full University of Cincinnati men’s indoor track & field roster will compete with the women’s team at the University of Kentucky’s Rod McCravy Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
The meet will take place Friday and Saturday at UK’s Nutter Field House and will feature a number of U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) nationally and regionally ranked teams, including host Kentucky (Southeast #7 men, #9 women), Ohio State University (Great Lakes #2 men), University of Louisville (Southeast #13 men, #5 women), University of Missouri (Midwest #6 men), Clemson University (national #1 women, Southeast #1 men, Southeast #1 women), Georgia Tech (South #9 men), University of Memphis (South #7 men, #5 women), Miami University (Great Lakes #13 women), Appalachian State University (Southeast #11 men, #11 women), Eastern Kentucky University (Southeast #15 men), Southern Illinois University (Midwest #10 men, #9 women) and Missouri State University (Midwest #12 women). UC’s women’s team is ranked eighth in the USTFCCA’s Great Lakes region.
UC’s men’s track & field squad doesn’t formally become an intercollegiate team until next season, but NCAA rules permit outdoor teams to compete in up to three indoor events. The Rod McCravy will be the first of those three for the UC men.
“The entire men’s team will be attending the Rod McCravy Invitational, our first of three official indoor meets for this team,” said men’s head coach Bill Schnier. “The next two will be the Hoosier Hills Invitational at Indiana University and a dual meet with Miami to be held at my alma mater, Capital University, in Bexley, Ohio. We have been practicing since August so a meet will actually be quite unusual and very much welcomed.”
The season has already gotten off to a notable start for the Bearcats. After three meets, UC has five student-athletes with performances ranked in the top 50 in the nation by the USTFCCA. Kaitlyn Good’s 3,907-point effort in December’s SPIRE Institute Collegiate Opener meet stands as the third-highest total in the country. Two pole vaulters are among the best in NCAA Division I – Mackenzie Fields 13’ 5.25” mark at SPIRE is 10th on the women’s list and Josh Dangel’s 18’ 8.75” mark at Kent State University’s Doug Raymond Invitational is 41st on the men’s list. Erika Hurd went to 5’9.25” to win the high jump at Indiana University’s Gladstein Invitational last weekend and that stands as the 22nd best mark nationally. Frida Akerstrom is 46th in the shot put with her 49’ 5.75” toss at the Doug Raymond meet.
There have been a number of people who have stood out for their performances to date,” said women’s head coach Susan Seaton. “Kaitlyn Good in the pentathlon and 800 meters, Erika Hurd in the high jump, Monica Phillips in the weight throw, Frida Akerstrom in the shot put and Kenya Woodall in the 400 meters. Kaitlyn Meyer and Anne Pace had PRs in distance races last week. Mackenzie Fields and the pole vault crew are very competitive. There are a few others who we are still waiting on to get back to their form.”
With the number of ranked teams participating, the UC staff is expecting the Rod McCravy to be a very competitive meet.
“This is usually a good meet all around,” said Seaton. “Performances in the throws and hurdles are usually at national levels and often in the jumps as well.”
Event-by-event Twitter updates will be provided by following @UCDougMosley.
Rod McCravy Invitational meet schedule
Entire meet schedule is listed and all times are ET. UC participants are includes for those events where they are entered.
Friday, Jan. 25
8 p.m. – Women’s 5,000 meters – Anne Pace
8:20 p.m. – Men’s 5,000 meters – Colin Cotton
8:40 p.m. – Women’s Distance Medley Relay -
8:55 p.m. – Men’s Distance Medley Relay – UC ‘A’
4 p.m. – Women’s Open Long Jump – Alyssa Edley
4 p.m. – Women’s Invitational Long Jump – Shanay Portis
4:30 p.m. - Men’s High Jump – Michael Nwankwo
6:20 p.m. – Men’s Open Long Jump – Kyle Donthnier, Chris Greene
Saturday, Jan. 26
2 p.m. – Men’s Shot Put – Robert Dennis, Carl Laux
10:15 a.m. – Women’s 3,000 meters – Ashley Earman
1:25 p.m. – Women’s 60-meters hurdles finals -
1:30 p.m. – Men’s 60-meters hurdles finals -
1:35 p.m. – Women’s 60 meters finals -
1:40 p.m. – Men’s 60 meters finals -
4:10 p.m. – Men’s 3,000 meters -
4:30 p.m. – Women’s 4x400-meters relay – UC ‘A’, UC ‘B’
4:53 p.m. – Men’s 4x400-meters relay – UC ‘A’