Cincinnati Embark on Inaugural AAC Outdoor Championships
Anthony Car

May 1, 2014

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The University of Cincinnati track & field programs will compete at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships this weekend in Tampa, Florida. The meet, which is hosted by USF, begins on Friday, May 2 and wraps up on Sunday, May 4.

UC hopes to improve on their finishes from the indoor championships where both programs finished seventh.

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1. Sophomore Erika Hurd, who won the indoor high jump title, is coming off the best performance of her career as she jumped 6’ 0.5” to win the Drake Relays. The impressive leap is the best in the conference and is tied for sixth in the nation. She also sits second in UC history just a quarter of an inch behind Renee Hein, who set the record and claimed UC’s only high jump title in 2007.

2. Senior Darnell Gilbert looks to defend his indoor 400-meter dash title this weekend in Tampa. He enters the weekend with the second-fastest time in the conference. His time of 46.95 is also the sixth fastest in UC history. The Cincinnati native has cut nearly a second off his fastest time from last season where he finished 12th at the conference meet.

3. Kenya Woodall enters the weekend with a lot of hype as she sits second in the 400-meter dash and will also run on the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. In the open 400, the sophomore has a time of 53.55, which is just .25 seconds off Mary (Danner) Wineberg’s school record. UC has never won an outdoor 400m title on the women’s side. During the indoor conference championships, she broke the indoor school record and took fourth overall.

4. Senior Josh Dangel will look to rebound after finishing fifth at the indoor championships. He enters the meet with the league’s second-best mark of 17’ 10.25”. Last season, he won the BIG EAST pole vault crown. His leap of 17’ 10.25” was set at the All-Ohio Championships and is a UC school record.

5. Sophomore Alyssa McBride attempts to sweep the pole vault titles after winning the indoor crown in New York. She enters the meet ranked fifth with a clearance of 13’ 5.25”, which ranks fourth in UC history. A McBride victory would make it back-to-back seasons with UC winning the pole vault with Mackenzie Fields garnering the individual title last year.

6. Sophomore transfer Macklin Tudor has a chance to bring home a pair of individual titles with being ranked first in the discus and third in the shot put. Tudor, who broke the school discus record in the first outdoor meet of the season, is the favorite in the discus with his mark outdistancing second place by nearly two feet. In the shot put, he ranks fourth in UC history with a hurl of 56’ 7.5” and is about a foot from breaking the school record of 57’ 9” by Troy Cooper.

7. Je’Rica Sanders could garner UC’s first 100-meter hurdles crown this weekend as she enters with the second-fastest time. Sanders’ time of 13.71 currently sits fourth in Bearcats history. She finished tied for third in the 60-meter hurdles during the indoor championships.

8. Michael Nwankwo has a chance this weekend to rake in some points for UC as he is ranked fourth in the high jump and sixth in the triple jump. The junior finished ninth indoors in triple jump but battled an injury during the competition. He did not compete in the high jump. Last season, Nwankwo claimed fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 50’ 4.75”.