April 15, 2014
The American Release
The American Athletic Conference announced Tuesday afternoon that University of Cincinnati sprinter Kenya Woodall has been named Female Track Athlete of the Week. The sophomore from Coatesville, Pa. snatched first-place finishes in all three of her events at the All-Ohio Championships this past weekend, which included the 400-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay.
Woodall cruised to a convincing win the 400-meter dash by posting a time of 53.92, which is the second time she has run under 54 seconds. She currently ranks 16th in the NCAA East and 29th nationally.
Possibly the most impressive race for Woodall was in the 4x400 when she anchored the Bearcats with a 54.2 split and pulled off a come from behind win. She was given the baton in third place and nearly 50 meters behind the top two teams, but the Coatesville, Pa. native caught up on the back stretch and stole the lead to anchor UC to a winning time of 3:42.73.
In the 4x100, she ran the second leg of the relay that broke the tape at 45.62, which ranks fifth in UC history.
Woodall is the second Bearcat from the women’s team to be honored by the league office with a weekly award. The previous recipient was Kaitlyn Good, who was named Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 28.
The Bearcats are back on the road this weekend as they head to Lexington, Ky. for the Heart of Bluegrass Classic. The two-day meet beings on Friday, April 18.