Track & Field |
Feb. 5, 2013
Mackenzie Fields is this week's BIG EAST Conference women's indoor track & field student-athlete of the week, as announced by the league office this afternoon. Fields, a pole vaulter, is the honoree for the field events. She is the first UC women's indoor track & field honoree this season.
Fields matched her season-best effort this past weekend at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City, vaulting 13' 9.25" (4.20 meters) to finish second. Her mark currently ranks seventh-best in the nation according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) results lists. The mark also ranks 54th best in the world this year per the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the track & field world governing body.
Fields, a senior from Cincinnati (Mariemont High School), has posted seven of the top 10 UC indoor pole vault marks during her career. Her 13' 9.75" (4.21 meters) vault two years ago during her junior season is the second-best in UC history. She missed last season after an injury required surgery on her foot.
“Mackenzie has made a great comeback and is in amazing shape right now," said UC head coach Susan Seaton. "Her jumping has been very consistent and will improve significantly once we start peaking. We are excited for the prospects she is facing with the upcoming Big East meet and hopefully the NCAA indoor championship in early March.”
Fields opened the indoor season in December by winning at the SPIRE Institute Collegiate Opener with a 13' 5.25" (4.10 meters) mark and went into the Christmas break with the USTFCCCA's top mark. She won again in the Bearcats' first meet after the holidays, going 13' 1.5" (4.00 meters) at Kent State University's Doug Raymond Invitational. She was sixth (12' 5.5"/3.80 meters) at the UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit and then placed second at the University of Kentucky's Rod McCravy Invitational with a season-best effort of 13' 9.25" (4.20 meters).
Fields and the Bearcats indoor track & field teams will be in action on Friday at Indiana University's Hoosier Hills Invitational. The BIG EAST championships are the following weekend (Sat.-Sun. Feb. 16-17) in Geneva, Ohio.