T&F Set for Final Competition Before Conference Meet
Feb. 15, 2017

Bearcats Statistics & Updated Records/Top 10s (pdf)

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati track and field program will send a small group of competitors north to Columbus this weekend as 20 individuals are set to enter the Buckeye Tune-Up hosted by Ohio State inside French Field House Friday. Field events will get underway starting at 4 p.m. before running events take to the track at 5 p.m.

The meet in Columbus is the final chance for the Bearcats to ready themselves for the championship season as the 2017 American Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held Friday and Saturday, February 24-25, inside the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. From there, individuals either will compete two weeks later at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas, or begin preparing for the arrival of the outdoor season, which gets underway in Raleigh, N.C., on March 24-25 at the Raleigh Relays hosted by NC State.

This week, 13 women and seven men will comprise the competitors for the Bearcats. On the men’s side, UC will send Sergio Acera (long jump), Mykel Chambers (60m), Spencer Clark (mile & 3,000m), Khalid Fuller (60m), Tevin-Lloyd Thompson (60m), Adrian Valles (pole vault) and Kelvin Williams (60m hurdles) to compete while the women’s entrants will be comprised of Aliya Barnes (60m hurdles), Haisha Bisiolu (60m), Loretta Blaut (high jump), Sadie Brass (pole vault), Lily Bunse (pole vault), Brooke Catherine (pole vault), Madison Dunlap (mile), Alanna Hendricks (60m), Emma Hensley (3,000m), Grace O’Donnell (mile), Juliana Puopolo (60m hurdles), Vanessa Robinson (mile) and Grace Winckowski (60m hurdles).

The Bearcats traveled to Nashville, Tenn., last weekend and found great success at the Music City Challenge hosted by Vanderbilt as the team combined collect 34 personal bests and five marks that now rank among the Top 10 all-time in program history. Here is a breakdown of some of the top performances:



Women’s Recap:
Mighty Mile: The women’s mile saw seven different Bearcats compete with four turning in personal-best times while rewriting a large chunk of the UC record book. In the race, Meg Westerheide led the charge as she clocked in at 5:00.32 to run the second-fastest time in UC history while Vanessa Robinson (5:07.06) and Madison Dunlap (5:07.35) turned in the seventh and eighth-best times, respectively, in UC history.
Coming Back Strong: Westerheide was not done as she returned to the track one hour later and ran a blistering 2:12.87 in the 800m run to move into fourth on the UC Top 10 list, giving her two of the fastest mid-distance event times in program history. In fact, following the weekend, Westerheide became just the second UC woman to rank among the Top 10 in both events, joining Alexis Anton, who is now seventh in the 800m and third in the mile.
Haisha Hurrying: Bisiolu, like Westerheide, had some great times on short rest as she raced twice in the 60m dash before taking on the 400m dash. In the short sprint, she rank 7.53 in the preliminary round to record the third-fastest (tie) time in UC history before coming back and running 7.60 to take eighth in the finals. One hour after the finals, she ran 55.35 in the quarter to post the sixth-fastest time in UC history.
Missed It By That Much: Had it not been for a disqualification because of a lane violation, the women’s 4x400m relay would have recorded a school record in the event at 3:39.47. That time would have bettered the previous mark by three seconds and rank second in the conference. The team of Tiona Lattimore, Bisiolu, Deanna Gesicki and Bryana Robinson now have their sights set on the conference meet to break the record and capture a conference crown.
Tossing One In: The throwers turned in three great marks, including Nicole Breeden, who posted a personal-best of nearly three feet in the weight throw with her toss of 17.13m (56-02.50). With that toss, she moved up to No. 7 on the UC charts. In the shot put, Annette Echikunwoke, the top collegiate finisher in the weight throw, placed sixth overall with a personal-best toss of 15.88m (52-01.25) – the second-best mark in UC history – while Ashley Williams also moved up to No. 5 with her toss of 15.11m (49-07.00).
Up and Over: Brooke Catherine climbed over 3.89m (12-09.00) to move up to No. 8 all-time in the pole vault while Sadie Brass returned to the 12’ mark as she cleared a personal-best height of 3.69m (12-01.25).

Men’s Recap:
A Brooks Runs Through It: Jimmy Brooks continued to show his speed as he placed sixth in the 60m dash final with a time of 6.83, the second-fastest time in school history and the fastest in 15 years (2002). Brooks, who ran 6.88 (just off his 6.86 PR), also competed on the 4x400m relay team that had a great run.
Relay Really Fast: The 4x400m relay team of Halen Witcher, Brooks, Kevin Konkoly and Jaashir Morris combined to run 3:13.64 and place third overall in the meet. That time, which ranks them second in the conference, stands as the third-fastest time in UC history. In fact, their time is the first added to the indoor Top 10 ledger since the 1998 season and only the second since 1989. The remaining seven marks all were attained in the 1970s.
Getting Over It: Alex Bloom, for the second week in a row, impressed in the high jump as he once again cleared 2.10m (6-10.75), the seventh-best clearance in school history. Bloom, who nearly cleared 2.13m, also defeated the current conference leader in the meet and remained ranked second overall on the conference lists.
Nearly Got It: Macklin Tudor had a strong showing in the shot put as the senior hit a toss of 18.15m (59-06.75). Not only was that mark just 4cm off his personal best and school-record mark, it also placed him second in the conference, just 1cm off the league lead.
Double Delight: Ryan Greene had been hanging around two time barriers and, for the first time, took both down this week as he recorded times under 23 seconds in the 200m dash and under 50 seconds in the 400m dash. First up, Greene clocked a time of 22.95 in the 200m. He followed that on the next day with a time of 49.54 in the quarter.
Long Run: Four men ran the two longest indoor distances at Vanderbilt and all four recorded personal-bests. In the 5,000m run Friday night, Dan Huben clocked in at 14:56.17 and Seamus Collins at 15:10.45. Then, on Saturday, the duo of Nick Grismer and Spencer Clark recorded PRs of their own as they ran 8:35.23 and 8:43.78, respectively. 

Championship season gets underway next week as the Bearcats and the rest of the league will venture to the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala., to compete in the 2017 American Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. The meet will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 24-25.