Track & Field Heads To Big Apple For BIG EAST Championship Meet|
Feb. 17, 2012
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati indoor track and field team returns to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in New York City this weekend for the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship.
The meet begins on Saturday and continues Sunday as the Bearcats will look to improve on their program-best sixth-place finish from 2011. The BIG EAST will provide a free live feed of the meet at BIGEAST.org and a feed for mobile devices at bigeastmobile.com. Live results will be available
Kathy Klump is the defending BIG EAST Champion in the 500 meters and will run in the trials for the race at 1:20 p.m. Saturday with the top nine runners advancing to the Sunday final. She holds the top seed in the event, running a school-record time of 1:11.10 on the Armory track during the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 3. Klump is also scheduled to compete in the 800 meters where she holds the No. 5 seed with her time of 2:06.66, run at the Rod McCravy Memorial on Jan. 27.
Shanay Portis, Morgan Gordon and Alyssa Edley will all run in the 60 meters. Portis is among the Top-10 seeds in the event with her time of 7.62, set at the Gladstein Invitational. Gordon had a season-best effort of 7.75 at the Eastern Illinois Early Bird and Edley clocked 7.84 at the same meet.
Gordon and Portis will also take part in the 200 meters. Portis ran a 24.79 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and Gordon clocked 25.31 at the Rod McCravy Memorial.
Jalisa Jarrett and Aricka Rhodes lead UC in the 400 meters. Jarrett had a season-best effort of 56.90 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational while Rhodes clocked 57.52 at the Eastern Illinois Early Bird.
Jenna Heaton will run the 1,000 meters, entering the event with a season-best time of 2:55.85, set at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.
Paris Campbell and Danheisha Harding are tied for the No. 6 seed in the 60 hurdles with identical times of 8.59. Campbell hit her mark at the Eastern Illinois early bird and Harding ran her time at the Rod McCravy Memorial. Je'Rica Sanders is the No. 9 seed in the event after running a time of 8.61, also at the Rod McCravy Memorial.
Ashley Honigford, Heaton, Good and Klump will team together to run the 4x800 relay, holding the No. 2 seed in the event after a school-record time of 8:56.75 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.
Portis, Rhodes, Edley and Jarrett hold the No. 10 seed in the 4x400 relay with a season-best mark of 3:49.17, set at the Rod McCravy Memorial.
Sarah Rasnick enters the meet as the top seed in the pole vault. She is the only vaulter in the league to clear the four meter mark this season. Rasnick leapt 4.07 meters (13-04.25) at the Akron Opener on Jan. 13. Michelle Eby is the No. 3 seed with her best effort of 3.82 meters (12-06.25) at the Rod McCravy Memorial on Jan. 27. Emily Clay is the No. 7 seed with her top jump of 3.72 meters (12-02.50), also completed at the Rod McCravy Memorial.
Dominique Best, Jasmine Cotten and Kaitlyn Good will start competition in the pentathlon at 8 a.m. Saturday. The event consists of the 60 hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800 meters. Cotten and Good are seeded No. 2 and 3 after tallying 3,803 points and 3,621 points, respectively, at the Eastern Illinois Early Bird on Dec. 9, 2011. Best tallied 3,237 points in the same event and holds the No. 10 seed.
Cotten is seeded No. 3 in the high jump after her leap of 1.80 meters (5-10.75) at the Akron Opener. Good will also compete, snagging the No. 13 seed with a top mark of 1.72 meters (5-07.75).
Cotten and Portis are among the entries for the long jump. Portis holds the No. 8 seed with her season-best leap of 5.86 meters (19-02.75) while Cotten is seeded No. 9 with her top mark of 5.84 meters (19-02.00).
Frida Akerstrom is seeded No. 3 in the shot put with a season-best toss of 14.96 meters (49-01.00). Jessica Molyet and Mekayla Breland will also be in the field. Molyet threw 13.62 meters (44-08.25) earlier this season and Breland has a best effort of 13.43 meters (44-00.75).
Akerstrom and Molyet will also compete in the weight throw. Akerstrom's top throw this season was 16.17 meters (53-00.75) and Molyet threw 15.52 meters (50-11.00).