Bearcats roll through tune-up weekend, ready for BIG EAST|
April 27, 2013
Although some of the Bearcats’ top performers stayed home, the weekend was one well spent for the UC outdoor track & field teams as they prepare for next week’s BIG EAST championship meets. The Bearcats turned in a strong performance at Miami University’s RedHawk Invitational on Saturday following Friday’s big news of an individual championship at the Drake Relays.
The teams depart for the BIG EAST meets mid-week, so several who already had top qualifying marks took the weekend off from competition to train at back on campus.
At the RedHawk Invitational, UC’s throwers had an impressive day. Emelie Larsson won the women’s javelin throw by uncorking the best mark in the BIG EAST this season. Her 161’ 3.5” throw ranks 16th in the nation. Mary Bridges and Jessica Molyet finished first and second, respectively, in the women’s discus throw, both with season bests. Bridges’ mark of 170’ 2.5” ranks her second in the BIG EAST. Molyet ranks fourth with her 163’ 9” toss. In the men’s discus throw, Bobby Dennis finished second with a 158’ 4.5” mark.
Mekayla Breland finished second in the women’s shot put (44' 8.25") and Monica Phillips was third in the women’s hammer throw (168' 10.75"). On the men’s side, Josh Province was second in the hammer throw (175' 9") and Carl Laux was third in the shot put (46').
“We had outstanding performances from our throwers,” said UC women’s head coach Susan Seaton. “We had one school record, one top BIG EAST mark and overall ten personal bests. Bobby Dennis moved into the top eight in the BIG EAST with his personal record throw over 48 meters in the discus.”
UC’s top women’s pole vaulter, Mackenzie Fields, went to the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, with teammate Alyssa McBride. On Friday, Fields won the competition and McBride finished 10th. The pair will go into the BIG EAST championships ranked Nos. 1 and 2. Emily Clay and Chelsea Vaughan competed in the women’s pole vault at the RedHawk Invitational with Clay finishing second (12' 2") and Vaughan fourth (11' 8.25"). Top men’s pole vaulter Josh Dangel also went to the Drake Relays where he did not clear the opening height. At the RedHawk Invitational, Colt Robinson finished third (15’ 4.25”) and Cody Curry fourth (14’ 10.25”).
On the track, Oliver Book and Chase Beckmann finished first and second, respectively, in the men’s 3,000-meters steeplechase. It was a close finish between the two with Book winning in 9:17.17 and Beckmann just behind in 9:17.31.
The Bearcats had a strong day in the hurdles races as well. In another tight one-two finish, Gabby Calderone won the women’s 400-meters hurdles in 1:02.17 and Javette Lee was second in 1:02.21. In the women’s 100-meters hurdles, Je'Rica Sanders finished second in 14.10 and Lee was third in 14.70. Bryan Cain won the men’s 110-meters hurdles in 14.47 and Daniel Daugherty was fourth (15.72). Cain came back shortly after that win to finish second in the 400-meters hurdles (56.15), just ahead of teammate Riley West in third (56.94).
“The women’s hurdlers ran well and look ready to compete at the BIG EAST meet,” said Seaton.” The pole vaulters had a nice weekend as well. On the men’s side, it stands out that Oliver Book and Chase Beckmann both qualified for the BIG EAST meet in the 3,000-meters steeplechase.”
Entries for the BIG EAST championship meets will be finalized early this coming week. The event will take place at Rutgers University’s Bauer Track & Field Complex in Piscataway, N.J.
RedHawk Invitational with UC results:
Saturday, April 27
Men’s shot put – 3. Carl Laux, 46'.
Women’s shot put – 2. Mekayla Breland, 44' 8.25".
Men’s long jump - 3. Tariq Sanders, 22' 10.5".
Women’s triple jump – 4. Ashleigh Pickens, 33' 3.5".
Women’s javelin throw – 1. Emelie Larsson, 161’ 3.5”.
Women’s 5,000 meters – 4. Ashley Earman, 18:52.31.
Men’s 100 meters – 4. Kevin Girgis, 11.52.
Men’s 5,000 meters – 7. Greg Sanders, 15:45.15.
Drake Relays with UC results:
Friday, April 26