Track & Field Preps For NCAA Outdoor Championships|
June 5, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati track and field team will send four student-athletes to the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, set to run from June 6-9 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
Heptathlete Jasmine Cotten advanced automatically to Des Moines while Michelle Eby (pole vault), Kathy Klump (800 meters) and Emelie Larsson (javelin) made the championship on the strength of their individual efforts at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla.
Cotten scored a season-high 5,422 points to win the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship. She also was the league's indoor champion in the pentathlon and a USTFCCCA All-American in the multi-event. Cotten ranks as No. 22 on the seed list for the heptathlon which is scheduled to get underway at 2 p.m. Friday. First-day events are the 100 hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters. The Saturday events, which begin at 4 p.m., consist of the long jump, javelin and 800 meters.
Eby is the No. 18 seed in the pole vault competition, set to run at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Eby won the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Championship and cleared 4.05m (13-03.50) at the preliminary meet to advance to nationals. Her best outdoor clearance of the season is 4.18m (13-08.50) which occurred at the UC Early Bird Relays on March 17.
Klump will toe the line ranked No. 10 in the 800-meter semifinal on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. She was third in the 800 meter quarterfinal in Jacksonville, clocking 2:05.05, the fifth-best time of the day. She was near the back of the field early in her heat after being tripped up. She moved towards the front and ran into a qualifying spot in the final straightaway. Klump, who ran a season-best outdoor time of 2:04.70 at the BIG EAST meet, was the 2012 BIG EAST Indoor Champion and a USTFCCCA Indoor All-American.
Larsson was third in the preliminary javelin competition in Jacksonville with a best toss of 48.48m (159-00). Already the UC record holder, the true freshman holds a season-best throw of 50.59m (166-00) and is seeded 12th in the NCAA meet. The javelin throw is set to take place on Thursday at 3:40 p.m. ET.
ESPNU will televise Saturday’s action from Noon-2 p.m.. The ESPN announcing team is comprised of Trey Bender (play-by-play), Larry Rawson (analyst) and Jill Montgomery (reporter). The entire event will be streamed live through WatchESPN.com, with the exception of Wednesday, June 6, which will be streamed at www.NCAA.com. It is available for free.