Track & Field |
March 7, 2012
University of Cincinnati student-athlete Jasmine Cotten was named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and women’s head coach Susan Seaton was named Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year Wednesday.
The USTFCCCA region awards are voted on the by the region-specific coaches.
Cotten, a senior from Fayetteville, W.Va., was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer at the BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championship. She scored 23 points and helped the Bearcats to a best-ever second-place team finish.
At the conference meet, Cotten was the winner of the pentathlon with 4,192 points – a mark that ranks third among collegians this year. She was also second in the long jump and fourth in the high jump.
Her season best in the high jump of 5-11½ (1.82m) ranks in the nation’s top 20 this season. She is slotted to compete at the NCAA indoor meet in both the pentathlon and high jump.
Seaton led UC to a runner-up finish at the BIG EAST Championship, winning four individual titles, earning seven Top-3 finishes and grabbing awards for Most Outstanding Track Performer (Kathy Klump) and Most Outstanding Field Performer (Cotten).
Five UC school records were broken and Klump won titles in the 800 and 500 meters, clocking UC and meet record times of 2:05.47 (13th in the NCAA) and 1:10.08, respectively. Cotten scored 23 points, won the pentathlon (4192 points, third in NCAA), was second in the long jump and fourth in the high jump (ninth in the NCAA with 5-11½). Sarah Rasnick won the pole vault with a school record mark of 13-10 (19th in NCAA).
Three Bearcats, including Cotten, Kathy Klump and Terrence Somerville, will be in action this weekend at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, set to run March 9-10 in Nampa, Idaho inside Boise State University’s Jacksons Track at the Idaho Center. ESPN3 and NCAA.com will provide live coverage of the championships.