OXFORD, Ohio - The University of Cincinnati men's track team earned five event titles in winning the Miami Invitational this afternoon at George L. Rider Track. The Bearcat women placed fourth in the thirteen-team field.
The men posted 201.50 points, easily outdistancing second-place Kent State (162) and host Miami (149.50). The women's team earned 87.50 points in placing behind champion Ball State (144.50), host Miami (113), and Kent State (112).
Senior Chris Smith(Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) won the pole vault by a foot and a half, qualifying for the NCAA regionals with a 17' 6-1/2" vault. He fell just 3-1/4" short of Dan Albrinck's school record, set in 1994.
Other winners for the men included sophomore Justin Conway(Sandusky, Ohio/Perkins) in the 200 meters (21.97), junior Taylor Garvin(Maineville, Ohio/Kings) in the 3,000 steeple chase (9:17.83), and sophomore Cameron Widget in the long jump (23? 6?). The 4 x 400 relay team, consisting of seniorJimmy Mount(Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North), sophomore Keith Hamilton(West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West), junior Jerod Batt(Sandusky, Ohio/Milan Edison), and junior Lonnie Irving(Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield Senior), won the title in 3:13.40.
On the women?s side, sophomore high jumper Renee Hein(Cincinnati, Ohio/Mercy) continued her terrific season, winning her third high jump title of the season (5? 8-3/4?). Senior Jo Young(London, Ohio/London) contributed her usual top-five finishes, winning the hammer throw (175? 10?) and finishing third in the shot put (46? 10-1/4?) and fourth in the discus (137? 6?). Her hammer throw mark set a new school record by two inches.
The Bearcats will now ready themselves to take on the state?s elite at the All-Ohio Championships on April 15 in Columbus.