Bearcats head south to UCF Invitational, Alabama Relays
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March 21, 2013

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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:

Friday

Field events

11 a.m - Hammer throw - Mekayla Breland, Mary Bridges, Jessica Molyet, Frida Akerstrom, Monica Phillips

2 p.m. - Pole vault - Emily Clay, Alyssa McBride, Mackenzie Fields, Chelsea Vaughan

3 p.m. - Javelin throw - Emelie Larsson

3:30 p.m. - Long jump - Dominique Best, Taylor Rosenhagen, Shanay Portis

Saturday

Field events

9 a.m. - Discus throw - Mekayla Breland, Jessica Molyet, Mary Bridges, Frida Akerstrom 10 a.m. - High jump - Erika Hurd

11 a.m. - Shot put - Taylor Rosenhagen, Mekayla Breland, Frida Akerstrom

Track events

1 p.m. - 4x100-meters relay - UC (Morgan Gordon, Shanay Portis, Kenya Woodall, Cameron Gardner)

1:45 p.m. - 100-meter hurdles - DanHeisha Harding, Je'Rica Sanders, Javette Lee, Taylor Rosenhagen

2:10 p.m. - Kenya Woodall, Jada Grant (also Mary Wineberg)

2:30 p.m. - 100 meters - Morgan Gordon, Shanay Portis, Cameron Gardner

2:50 p.m. - 800 meter - Kelsey Mueller

3:10 p.m. - 400-meters hurdles - Javette Lee, Gabby Calderone, Je'Rica Sanders, DanHeisha Harding

3:55 p.m. - 5,000 meters - Anne Pace, Kaitlyn Meyer

4:40 p.m. - 4x400-meters relay - UC (Shanay Portis, Javette Lee, Jada Grant, Kenya Woodall)

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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

Friday

Field events:

2 p.m. - Hammer throw - Michael Leone, Josh Province

5:45 p.m. - Triple jump - Chris Greene, Tariq Sanders, Nathan Deslandes, Michael Nwankwo

6:15 p.m. - Pole vault - Cody Curry, Nathan Alexander, Dillon Risser, Colt Robinson, Kyle Kubera, Tommy Marks, Josh Dangel

Track events:

5:10 p.m. - 4x200-meters relay - UC (Darius Howard, Kevin Girgis, Brendan Lyshe, Adam Court)

5:35 p.m. - 400-meters hurdles - Daniel Daugherty, Riley West, Bryan Cain

6:10 p.m. - Kevin Girgis, Terrence Somerville

6:40 p.m. - 400 meters - Justin Mihaly, Brendan Lyshe, Bryan Maldinger, Adam Court

7:15 p.m. - 1,500 meters - Evan Baum

8:40 p.m. - 5,000 meters - Oliver Book, Eric Hauser, Kevin Fink, Chase Beckmann, Greg Sanders, Jeffrey Griffiths

Saturday

Field events:

1:30 p.m. - Discus throw - Josh Province, Carl Laux, Josh Ballenger, Matt Weber, Bobby Dennis

6:15 p.m. - Long jump - Chris Fisbeck, Kyle Kubera, Matt Bova, Nathan Deslandes, Tariq Sanders

6:45 p.m. - High jump - Michael Nwankwo

7 p.m. - Javelin throw - Matt Weber, Josh Province, Josh Ballenger

7:30 p.m. - Shot put - Bobby Dennis, Carl Laux

Track events:

6:10 p.m. - 4x100-meters relay - UC (Darius Howard, Kevin Girgis, Darnell Gilbert, Brendan Lyshe)

6:30 p.m. - Distance medley relay - UC (Chase Beckmann, Brendan Lyshe, Cameron Rohmann, Kevin Fink)

7:05 p.m. - 110-meters hurdles - Daniel Daugherty, Bryan Cain, Terrence Somerville, Dailyn Moore

8:05 p.m. - 400 meters invitational - Darnell Gilbert

8:45 p.m. - Cameron Rohmann, Tony Williamson, Brian Barney, Ryan Wynn

9:45 p.m. - UC (Bryan Maldinger, Brendan Lyshe, Ryan Wynn, Darnell Gilbert)