May 14, 2014
The University of Cincinnati cross country and track & field programs celebrated their 17th annual awards banquet Sunday afternoon at the Great Hall on UC’s campus. A total of 17 awards were handed out during the banquet.
Junior Josh Province was given the program’s highest honor by winning the Gettler Spirit of Track & Field Award. The thrower from Willowick, Ohio, is a walk-on for the Bearcats and recently won the hammer throw at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. Province steadily moved up the league rankings by setting new personal records on weekly basis, and his performance in Tampa, Florida, was no different. On his fifth throw, he flung the hammer 189’ 4.5” to win the event crown and give UC its only individual title of the meet.
Province was also tagged the Most Improved Athlete on the men’s side. Mekayla Breland was honored on the women’s side with the same award.
Senior Evan Baum and sophomore Ashley Earman were named the Most Valuable Performers of the cross country teams. Baum was the Bearcats’ top runner in all six meets. His sixth-place finish at the American Athletic Conference Championships aided UC in finishing second as a team. Earman led the women’s team in five of the six races.
On the track, Je’Rica Sanders and Darnell Gilbert were tagged the Most Valuable Track Athletes of the Year. Sanders was a two-time all-conference honoree with taking third in the 60-meter hurdles during the indoor season and finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles at the American Outdoor Championships. She is tied for the third fastest time in school history in the 60-meter hurdles and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles. Gilbert won the conference 400-meter indoor crown and was runner-up outdoors. The senior has the sixth fastest 400m both indoors and outdoors along with the eighth fastest indoor 200-meter dash.
Josh Dangel and Erika Hurd were named the Most Valuable Field Athletes of the Year. Dangel has now earned the award for the second consecutive year after breaking UC’s outdoor pole vault record with a clearance of 17’ 10.25” and earning all-conference honors both indoors and outdoors. Erika Hurd received the award after winning the high jump at the American Indoor Championships and the Drake Relays while earning all-conference outdoors. She also set a career-best mark in the high jump by clearing 6’ 0.5” at the Drake Relays.
The top freshmen for the Bearcats were Amanda Hotaling and Anthony Car. Hotaling earned a share of sixth place at the American Outdoor Championships in the pole vault. Car snatched fifth in the 800-meter run at the conference outdoor meet.
2014 CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK & FIELD AWARD WINNERS
Gettler Spirit of Track & Field
Most Valuable Cross Country Performer
Women – Ashley Earman
Men – Evan Baum
Most Valuable Track Athlete
Women – Je’Rica Sanders
Men – Darnell Gilbert
Most Valuable Field Athlete
Women – Erika Hurd
Men – Josh Dangel
Women – Amanda Hotaling
Men – Anthony Car
Women – Kelsey Mueller
Men – Oliver Book
Women – Mekayla Breland
Men – Josh Province
Women – Gabby Calderone; Jessica Molyet
Men – Chase Beckmann; Dillon Risser