Bearcats host annual Oliver Nikoloff Invitational this weekend|
March 28, 2013
It will be a historic weekend at Gettler Stadium as an era draws closer to an end. It is the annual Oliver Nikoloff Invitational meet weekend, but moreso it is the final home meet in the career of head coach Bill Schnier, who is retiring at the end of this season after 33 years at UC.
The meet will take place Friday and Saturday with the javelin and hammer throws being held at nearby Coy Field. Friday’s schedule features the first day of men’s and women’s multi-events competition and the evening is capped with the men’s and women’s 10,000-meters races. Saturday’s activities includes a t-shirt giveaway to the first 100 fans, complimentary tattoos and pom pons, and a raffle for a Bearcats prize pack.
Admission to Friday’s Oliver Nikoloff events is free. On Saturday, tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for youth (12 and under), and groups of 15 or more are $1 per person. Parking is available in the adjacent Calhoun Garage for $5.
Schnier’s men’s team is coming off a good meet last weekend, albeit one that was cut short by weather conditions. The Bearcats came away from the Alabama Relays will some impressive marks and will be looking to improve upon them in their home meet.
“Coming off a very rainy Alabama Relays, we have been on pins and needles all week as we have encountered nothing but cold and snow, but the forecast looks quite promising for Friday and Saturday so we are so thankful for that,” said Schnier. “As a team we really anticipate seeing the results in meets which we have so often seen in practice.
“With the multi-events on Friday and Saturday, we get our first opportunity to compete in the decathlon, advancing our cause as Big East placers. The 10,000 meters. will be run on Friday night, an event not normally run but still a Big East and NCAA event. Four Bearcats will compete in the 10K and UC All-American Eric Finan will rabbit that race through four miles. This group is really running well so their hopes are high.
“The sprints and relays, not a major factor during the indoor season, has improved dramatically. They can't wait for a good day with good competition which will be in evidence on Saturday. This is a group on the rise.”
UC’s 4x100-meters relay team ran the fourth-fastest time in the BIG EAST Conference so far this season, coming in at 42.61 at the Alabama Relays.
Schnier expects a weekend of solid competition for the Bearcats in a meet named for the only coach at UC to have served a longer tour of duty than he.
“We host the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational on Friday and Saturday, a meet named after the track & field coach from Bulgaria who served UC for 50-plus years from 1917 to 1959,” said Schnier. “Fourteen teams will compete and all either NCAA Division I or good Division II teams.
Teams slated to compete at the Oliver Nikoloff includes Xavier University, University of Kentucky, Marquette University, Miami University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Dayton, Butler University, Eastern Kentucky University, Notre Dame University, Southeast Missouri State University, Ashland University, Cedarville University and University of Findlay.
“Our hurdlers have really been doing well, Schniner said. “Three will compete at home and (current BIG EAST track performer of the week) Terrence Somerville will be at the prestigious Texas Relays, competing against the best in America (in the 110-meter hurdles).”
Somerville is ranked No. 1 in the BIG EAST after clocking 13.72 at the Alabama Relays. However, teammate Dailyn Moore is No. 2 at 14.03. The Bearcats also boast the fourth-ranked performer as well, Bryan Cain (14.25). Cain is also ranked eighth in the 400-meters hurdles (55.50).
“We have been quite silent this far in the 3,000-meter steeplechase but Oliver Book will make his first 2013 appearance. His training and racing has been exceptional so he is eager to see how that translates to the steeplechase. The UC pole vaulters tend to vault better at home than anywhere else so all six fully plan to be at their best. At the Early Bird Relays Josh Dangel tied the Gettler Stadium record but plans to own it by himself on Saturday.”
Dangel’s record height was 17’ 2.75”, which is second-best in the BIG EAST (topped only by a quarter-inch). Tommy Marks is eighth at 16’.
The UC women’s team is also coming off an impressive weekend at the UCF Invitational in Orlando with several performances being ranked among the best in the BIG EAST so far this season. Those in the top 10 are:
Indoor All-American and conference pole vault champion Mackenzie Fields is No. 1 in the outdoor pole vault at 13’ 11.25”, Alyssa McBride is fourth (12’ 9.5”) and Chelsea Vaughan is seventh (12’ 3.5”);
The 4x100-meters relay team is fourth (46.05);
Kenya Woodall is ranked seventh in the 400 meters at 54.71;
Monica Phillips is seventh in the hammer (164’ 4”);
The 4x400-meters relay team is ninth (3:43.70).
Oliver Nikoloff schedule with UC entries:
Friday, March 29
11:30 a.m. - Men’s decathlon 100 meters
12 p.m. - Women’s heptathlon 110-meters hurdles
12:15 p.m. - Men’s decathlon long jump
12:45 p.m. - Women’s heptathlon high jump
1:15 p.m. - Men’s decathlon shot put
2:15 p.m. - Men’s decathlon high jump
2:15 p.m. - Women’s heptathlon shot put
3:15 p.m. - Women’s heptathlon 200 meters
4 p.m. - Men’s decathlon 400 meters
8:45 p.m. – Women’s 10,000 meters – Ashley Earman
Saturday, March 30
11:30 a.m. – UC senior awards
9 a.m. - Men’s decathlon 110-meters hurdles
9:30 a.m. - Women’s heptathlon long jump
9:40 p.m. - Men’s decathlon discus throw
10:40 a.m. - Men’s decathlon pole vault
11:45 a.m. - Women’s heptathlon javelin throw (at Coy Field)
12:30 p.m. - Men’s decathlon javelin throw (at Coy Field)
1:50 p.m. - Women’s heptathlon 800 meters
2:30 p.m. - Men’s decathlon 1,500 meters
11 a.m. – Men’s long jump
12:30 p.m. – Men’s high jump – Michael Nwankwo
1 p.m. – Women’s javelin throw (at Coy Field) – Emilie Larsson
2 p.m. – Men’s triple jump – Michael Nwankwo, Chris Greene
2 p.m. – Women’s triple jump
11 a.m. – Girls on the run (3 x 800 meters)
5:20 p.m. – Women’s 4x400-meters relay – UC ‘A’ (Shanay Portis, Javette Lee, Jada Grant, Kenya Woodall), UC ‘B’ (Shanice Smith, Jalisa Jarrett, Kelsey Mueller, Gabby Calderone), UC ‘C’ (Emily Clay, Mackenzie Fields, Chelsea Vaughan, Ashleigh Pickens), UC ‘D’ (Erika Hurd, Dominique Best, Morgan Gordon, Cameron Gardner)