Feb. 7, 2017
Release from the American Athletic Conference (link)
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati track and field junior Alex Bloom has been selected as the American Athletic Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week following an impressive weekend at the Charlie Thomas Invitational that included 10 personal-bests in a possible 10 events, the conference office announced Tuesday (February 7). Bloom, who recorded the conference-leading score in the heptathlon with a career-best 5,604 points, posted the eighth-highest score of any athlete in the nation over the weekend in the seven-event, two-day competition featuring three running and four field events.
Bloom’s point total stands as the second-best in school history and trails only the record total of 5,612 points his current coach Chris Wineberg scored during his days as a student-athlete. Bloom, who bettered his PR by 623 points (was 4,981), not only recorded a PR in each individual event, but also saw each of those marks move into the program’s heptathlon event all-time Top 5, including school heptathlon records in the long jump (7.19m/23-07.25) and high jump (2.10m/6-10.25), a mark that also was a meet record previous held by world champion and world record holder Ashton Eaton.
Bloom opened the competition with a school-record first day total of 3,212 points as he ran 7.15 in the 60m dash (UC heptathlon #2 all-time), 7.19m in the long jump, 12.34m (40-06.00) in the shot put (UC heptathlon #4) and 2.10m in the high jump. Day Two saw him score 2,392 points, the fourth-most in program history, as he ran 8.68 in the 60m hurdles (UC heptathlon #2), 4.55m in the pole vault (UC heptathlon #5) and then ran 2:46.87 in the 1,000m run (UC heptathlon #4). In the final event, he needed a time of 2:45.80 to tie the school record in overall points and, although he did not hit that time, still managed to run a personal best by nearly nine seconds after competing in the previous six events over two days.
Following the heptathlon, Bloom now ranks 15th in the NCAA in the heptathlon and 57th in the high jump. On a conference level, he not only has the overall heptathlon lead by over 100 points, he also ranks in the Top 8 in the high jump (#2) and the pole vault (#8) while three other individual marks place him in the American’s Top 12.
The Bearcats return to action this weekend in Nashville, Tenn., as they will take part in the Music City Challenge hosted by Vanderbilt inside the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility. The meet, which will feature several highly ranked teams and a large number of individuals ranked highly on the NCAA descending order lists, will run Friday and Saturday.
2016-17 American Athletic Conference Weekly Honors
Week 6 (February 7)
Women’s Track - Tori Williams (Houston)
Women’s Field - Chardae Greenlee (Memphis)
Men’s Track - Stefano Migliorati (ECU)
Men’s Field - Alex Bloom (Cincinnati)
Season Honors for Cincinnati
- Bryana Robinson - January 17
- Annette Echikunwoke - December 13, January 24, January 31
- Adrian Valles - January 17 & January 24
- Alex Bloom - February 7