Bearcats head to the Hoosier Hills this weekend
Tariq Sanders will be competing in the long jump and triple jump at the Hoosier Hills Invitational.

Feb. 8, 2013

Indiana University’s Hoosier Hills Invitational will be the final tuneup for the University of Cincinnati’s women’s indoor track & field team before next weekend’s BIG EAST Conference championship meet. The Hoosier Hills will take place Friday and Saturday.

The UC men’s track & field team will take part in the Hoosier Hills as well. Although UC won’t formally field an indoor team until next year, the Bearcats outdoor squad is permitted by NCAA rule to compete in three indoor meets. The Hoosier Hills will be the second meet of the three with the last slated to be a dual meet on March 1 against Miami University which will take place at the Capital Center on the campus of Capital University, the alma mater of UC men’s head coach Bill Schnier.

For the women’s team, the Hoosier Hills will be that last chance to add to BIG EAST qualifying marks. The Bearcats already have 35 qualifiers – see the UC qualifying list at the end of this story – and will look to add to that total in selected events. However, a full squad won’t be going to the meet.

“We are tapering to peak at the Big East Championships,” said UC women’s track & field head coach Susan Seaton. “Selected student-athletes will do that best by competing one final time in their event, others will benefit from training through the weekend and resting from travel. We also have a few athletes competing to earn a Big East qualifying mark or to finish their season with an improvement.”

Although the full team won’t be at the Hoosier Hills, Seaton did see several areas where UC could potentially have very good results. Mackenzie Fields, the current BIG EAST student-athlete of the week for field events and ranked among the nation’s top pole vaulters, won’t be competing this weekend but UC will have a strong pole vault contingent in Chelsea Vaughan, Alyssa McBride and Emily Clay. All three do have BIG EAST qualifying marks with Clay and Vaughan tied for sixth on the conference list and McBride 17th. Seaton also pointed out Monica Phillips and Mary Bridges in the weight throw, Je’Rica Sanders in the 60-meters hurdles and Cameron Gardner in 60 meters and 200 meters as poised to post top marks in this meet.



For the men’s team, Schnier is looking forward to the Hoosier Hills as a chance to improve on the performances from their last meet, two weeks ago at the University of Kentucky’s Rod McCravy Invitational.

“Since this is the middle of our three meets, we are expecting better marks than in our initial meet,” Schnier said. “We will also be anticipating our final meet which leads into the outdoor season. One’s first meet is seldom his best so I fully expect better marks from everyone which should be very rewarding.”

The jumps were particularly strong events for UC at the Rod McCravy. Tariq Sanders went 23’ 9” in the long jump, a mark that ranks in the top 100 in the nation. Michael Nwankwo also had a top 100 performance in the triple jump with his 48’ 7.25” leap and Sanders is not far behind that with a 47’ 10.5” effort. Schnier also pointed to Marquis Brookins as another strong performer in the long jump, having a season-best 23’ 1.25” jump. The pole vault has been a strong suit for the Bearcats men’s team as well. Josh Dangel is in the top 100 with his 16’ 8.75” mark and Tommy Marks is just outside of the top 100, having cleared 16’ in a December meet.

On the track, Schnier believes his team is particularly strong from 800 meters and up, including Tony Williams in the 800, Chase Beckmann in the mile, Eric Hauser in the 3,000 meters and Colin Cotton in the 5,000 meters. He also pointed out Bryan Cain in the 60-meters hurdles.

“I anticipate many breakout performances but I especially look to the middle-distance and distance runners who usually benefit most from meets as the season progresses,” Schnier said. “That entire group is poised and ready to go.”

The Bearcats will be up late Friday – the meet starts at 5 p.m. and will likely be nearing midnight by the time the day’s competition is completed. The last track event is scheduled to run after 11 p.m. and the last field event won’t start until 10:30 p.m. There will be some competition for UC on Saturday morning with Darnell Gilbert entered in the men’s invitational 400 meters and finals in the 60 meters and 60-meters hurdles. The full schedule with UC entries is below:

Friday, February 8

Field Events

5 p.m. - Women’s Long Jump – Dominique Best

5 p.m. - Men’s Weight Throw – Michael Leone, Josh Province

5:30 p.m. - Women’s Pole Vault – Chelsea Vaughan, Alyssa McBride, Emily Clay

6:45 p.m. - Men’s High Jump

7 p.m. - Men’s Long Jump – Marquis Brookins, Tariq Sanders

7 p.m. - Men’s Shot Put, top 9 legal marks in trials advance to finals

7:30 p.m. - Women’s Weight Throw – Mary Bridges, Jessica Molyet, Monica Phillips

8:30 p.m. - Men’s Pole Vault – Colt Robinson, Tommy Marks, Josh Dangel

9 p.m. - Women’s Triple Jump

9:15 p.m. - Women’s High Jump – Ashleigh Pickens

9:30 p.m. - Women’s Shot Put

10:30 p.m. - Men’s Triple Jump – Kyle Donthnier, Michael Nwankwo, Tariq Sanders

Track Events

5 p.m. - Women’s 60-meters Hurdles Prelims – Je’Rica Sanders

5:20 p.m. - Men’s 60-meters Hurdles Prelims – Daniel Daugherty, Dailyn Moore, Bryan Cain

5:40 p.m. - Women’s 60 meters Prelims – Emily Cunningham, Cameron Gardner, Shanice Smith

5:55 p.m. - Men’s 60 meters Prelims – David Braswell, Darius Howard, Marquis Brookins

6:15 p.m. - Men’s Distance Medley Relay Invitational

6:30 p.m. - Women’s Mile

6:40 p.m. - Men’s Mile – Chase Beckmann

6:55 p.m. - Women’s 400 meters – Jalisa Jarrett, Gabby Calderone

7:15 p.m. - Men’s 400 meters – Bryan Maldinger, Brendan Lyshe

7:35 p.m. - Women’s 800 meters – April McPherson, Hannah Christ

7:50 p.m. - Men’s 800 meters – Ryan Wynn, Chase Beckmann, Cameron Rohmann

8:05 p.m. - Women’s 600 meters

8:25 p.m. - Men’s 600 meters – Tony Williamson, Brian Barney, Justin Mihaly

8:40 p.m. - Women’s 200 meters – Morgan Gordon, Cameron Gardner, Emily Cunningham, Shanice Smith

9:05 p.m. - Men’s 200 meters – Marquis Brookins, Darnell Gilbert, Darius Howard

9:35 p.m. - Women’s 3,000 meters – Ashley Earman

9:50 p.m. - Men’s 3,000 meters – Colin Cotton, Evan Baum, Jeff Griffiths

10:15 p.m. - Women’s Distance Medley Relay

10:30 p.m. - Men’s Distance Medley Relay

10:45 p.m. - Women’s 4x400-meters Relay

11:05 p.m. - Men’s 4x400-meters Relay – UC ‘A’: Bryan Cain, Bryan Maldinger, Tony Williamson, Darnell Gilbert

Saturday, February 9

10:30 a.m. - Women’s 60-meters Hurdles finals

10:35 a.m. - Men’s 60-meters Hurdles finals

10:40 a.m. - Women’s 60 meters finals

10:45 a.m. - Men’s 60 meters finals

10:55 a.m. - Women’s Invitational Mile

11:05 a.m. - Men’s Invitational Mile

11:15 a.m. - Women’s Invitational 400 meters

11:25 a.m. - Men’s Invitational 400 meters – Darnell Gilbert

11:35 a.m. - Women’s Invitational 800 meters

11:40 a.m. - Men’s Invitational 800 meters

11:45 a.m. - Women’s Invitational 3,000 meters

12 p.m. - Men’s Invitational 3,000 meters

For event-by-event results of UC student-athletes on Twitter, follow @UCDougMosley.


UC’s BIG EAST Conference championship meet qualifying performances (as of 2/7/13):

Qualifying standards are listed in parenthesis next to the event.

60 meters (7.75)

Shanay Portis, 7.65 (12/15/12 - SPIRE Institute Collegiate Season Opener)

Morgan Gordon, 7.70 (1/25/13 – Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational)

200 meters (25.15)

Shanay Portis, 24.86 (2/1/13 – Armory Collegiate Invitational)

400 meters (57.54)

Kenya Woodall, 55.82 (2/1/13 – Armory Collegiate Invitational)

Javette Lee, 56.95 (1/25/13 - Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational)

Shanay Portis, 57.38 (1/12/13 – Doug Raymond Invitational)

500 meters (1:17.24)

Kaitlyn Good, 1:15.64 (2/1/13 – Armory Collegiate Invitational)

Javette Lee, 1:16.42 (2/1/13 – Armory Collegiate Invitational)

800 meters (2:17.04)

Kaitlyn Good, 2:13.79 (12/15/12 - SPIRE Institute Collegiate Season Opener)

Kelsey Mueller, 2:16.89 (2/2/13 – Armory Collegiate Invitational)

60-meters hurdles (9.02)

Danheisha Harding, 8.74 (2/1/13 – Armory Collegiate Invitational)

Javette Lee, 8.79 (1/12/13 – Doug Raymond Invitational)

Je’Rica Sanders, 8.86 (2/1/13 – Armory Collegiate Invitational)

4x400–meters relay

UC, 3:48.38 (1/25/13 – Rod McCravy Invitational)

4x800-meters relay

UC, 9:28.97 (1/18/13 – Gladstein Invitational)

High jump (5’6”/1.68m)

Erika Hurd, 5’10”/1.78m (2/1/13 – Armory Collegiate Invitational)

Kaitlyn Good, 5’8”/1.73m (1/18/13 – Gladstein Invitational)

Ashleigh Pickens, 5’6”/1.68m (1/12/13 – Doug Raymond Invitational)

Pole vault (11’ 7.75”/3.55m)

Mackenzie Fields, 13’ 9.25”/4.20m (1/25/13 – Rod McCravy Invitational)

Emily Clay, 12’ 1.5”/3.70m (2/1/13 – Armory Collegiate Invitational)

Amanda Hotaling, 12’ 1.5”/3.70m (1/12/13 – Doug Raymond Invitational)

Chelsea Vaughan, 12’ 1.5”/3.70m (2/1/13 – Armory Collegiate Invitational)

Alyssa McBride, 11’ 7.75”/3.55m (1/12/13 – Doug Raymond Invitational)

Long jump (5.50m)

Shanay Portis, 18’ 9”/5.71m (1/25/13 – Rod McCravy Invitational)

Triple jump (11.28m)

Shanay Portis, 37’ 0.5”/11.29m (12/15/12 – SPIRE Institute Collegiate Opener)

Shot put (12.75m)

Frida Akerstrom, 49’ 5.75”/15.08m (1/12/13 – Doug Raymond Invitational)

Mekayla Breland, 44’ 10.75”/13.68m (1/25/13 – Rod McCravy Invitational)

Jessica Molyet 42’ 0.75”/12.82m (12/15/12 – SPIRE Institute Collegiate Opener)

Weight throw (15.40m)

Monica Phillips, 58’ 3.25”/17.76m (1/18/13 – Gladstein Invitational)

Frida Akerstrom, 54’ 1.75”/16.50m (2/1/13 – Armory Collegiate Invitational)

Mekayla Breland, 53’ 10.25”/16.41m (12/15/12 – SPIRE Institute Collegiate Opener)

Jessica Molyet, 52’ 6.75”/16.02m (12/15/12 – SPIRE Institute Collegiate Opener)


Kaitlyn Good, 3,907 points (12/15/12 – SPIRE Institute Collegiate Opener)

Taylor Rosenhagen, 3,116 points (1/25/13 – Rod McCravy Invitational)

Liz Carr, 2,843 points (1/25/13 – Rod McCravy Invitational)