April 29, 2014
The American Release
The American Athletic Conference announced Tuesday afternoon that University of Cincinnati high jumper Erika Hurd has been named the league’s female field athlete of the week. The sophomore cleared a career-best height at the 105th Drake Relays to win the high jump crown in front of nearly 10,000 fans.
After battling the six-foot barrier for nearly two seasons, Hurd finally broke through as she soared over the 6’ 0.5” bar at the historic Blue Oval on her first attempt to become the desired Drake Relays Champion. The clearance was the best of her career, and it places her second in Cincinnati history just a quarter of an inch behind Renee Hein (6’ 0.75”, 2007).
The Manchester, Maryland, native’s triumph in Des Moines, Iowa was the eighth Drake Relays crown in UC history. The Bearcats’ last title came in 2013 when Mackenzie Fields won the pole vault.
Hurd’s leap of 6’ 0.5” is tied for sixth in the nation and leads the American. She is one of only 10 high jumpers nationally to surpass the six-foot barrier this season.
The Bearcats have now garnered three weekly league honors this season on the women’s side, including two field athlete of the weeks. Kaitlyn Good earned field athlete of the week during the indoor season on Jan. 28, while Kenya Woodall garnered track athlete of the week on April 15 following the All-Ohio Championships.
This weekend will be a big one for Hurd and the rest of the Bearcats as they head to Tampa, Florida for the inaugural American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. The league meet begins on Friday, May 2 and will conclude on Sunday, May 4.