Bearcats head south to UCF Invitational, Alabama Relays|
March 21, 2013
The promise of sunny weather and warmer temperatures has lured the University of Cincinnati women's outdoor track & field team south this weekend. The Bearcats will be competing in the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla., on Friday and Saturday. It will be UC's second outdoor meet of the season following last weekend's home meet, the Early Bird Relays.
"The focus on our Orlando trip is mainly training and taking advantage of the nice weather to get back into outdoor track mode," said UC head coach Susan Seaton. "It also provides an opportunity to compete against teams we typically don't face and to earn good early season marks under great conditions."
The competition field is highlighted by the University of Florida which is No. 7 in the nation in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason ranking. Just behind Florida is the meet host, UCF, which is ranked 11th. Rounding out the meet is UC's conference foes University of Connecticut and DePaul University, Ohio State University, North Carolina State University, University of Maryland, Georgia State University, Illinois State University, Princeton University, Florida International University, Norfolk State University and University at Albany-SUNY.
The Bearcats had a successful opening weekend at the Early Birds last Saturday with several nationally ranked performances turned in. Picking up where she left off in the indoor season, Mackenzie Fields is seventh in the nation in the pole vault with a 13' 3.5" mark. Also in the pole vault, Alyssa McBride is ranked 13th (12' 9.5") and Emily Clay and Chelseas Vaughan are 59th (11' 9.75"). Erika Hurd and Ashleigh Pickens are tied at 34th in the nation in high jump with a 5'6" mark. Jessica Molyet is 37th in the discus with a 153' 3" throw and Mary Bridges is 54th at 149' 3". Shanay Portis is 54 in the long jump (18' 7".
UCF Invitational meet schedule with UC entries:
3 p.m. - Javelin throw - Emelie Larsson
2:50 p.m. - 800 meter - Kelsey Mueller
The UC men's outdoor track & field team is headed south this weekend as well, just not quite as far south as the women's team. The men will be at the Alabama Relays on Friday and Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. It will likewise be UC's first meet since hosting last weekend's Early Bird Relays.
The Bearcats have several nationally ranked performers after last weekend's season-opening home meet. Josh Dangel is fourth in the nation with a 17' 2.75" height in the pole vault. Dailyn Moore is ranked seventh in the 110-meters hurdles at 14.10. Colin Cotton is No. 10 in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:39.99. Three are in the top 50 in the triple jump: Michael Nwankwo is No. 13 (49' 4.5"), Tariq Sanders is No. 44 (46' 8.75") and Chris Greene is No. 48 (46' 6.75").
UC will get to test those top marks against a field that includes three teams ranked in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason poll - University of Wisconsin is seventh, Indiana University is 18th and University of Georgia is 24th.
The early-season meet is drawing teams from outside of the south region. UC is the only Big East Conference institution in the meet and will face schools from the Southeastern Conference (host University of Alabama and Georgia), Big Ten (University of Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin) and Atlantic Coast Conference (Georgia Tech).
Alabama Relays schedule with UC entries
7:15 p.m. - 1,500 meters - Evan Baum
6:45 p.m. - High jump - Michael Nwankwo
8:05 p.m. - 400 meters invitational - Darnell Gilbert