Women's Track & Field Adds Nine For 2012 Season

Oct. 24, 2011

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati women's track and field team added nine signees that will enroll at UC this fall and participate in the 2012 season.

Included in the class is a pair of State Champions as well as three state-runner ups, a pair of top-rated transfer student-athletes and athletes who have competed at the international level.

The class is compised of: multi-eventer Dominique Best (Allentown, Pa./Allen/La Salle), thrower Mekayla Breland (St. Marys, Ohio/St. Marys), pole vaulter/middle distance runner Emily Clay (Normal, Ind./University), hurdler Danheisha Harding (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne/Eastern Kentucky), sprinter Jalisa Jarrett (Pickerington, Ohio./Central), thrower Emelie Larrson (Hisings Backa, Sweeden/Polhemsgymnasiet), jumper Taylor Rosenhagen (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands), hurdler Je'Rica Sanders (Mentor, Ohio/Lake Catholic) and sprinter Shanice Smith (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover).

Women's Head Coach Susan Seton is excited about the addition of the nine newcomers and what they bring to the table.

"Our incoming class is one of the largest in team history and we look to our newcomers to have an immediate impact in all three sports this season," Seton said. "The addition of State Champions Mekayla Breland and Je'Rica Sanders as well as three state meet runner-up finishers in Emily Clay, Taylor Rosenhagen and Shanice Smith will give our team a big boost.



"We are also excited to add transfer students Dominique Best and Danheisha Harding, who each bring experience as colligate conference champions to the team. Swedish javelin specialist Emelie Larsson will add international competition experience to our squad and her current PR of 169-2 will rank her amongst the top throwers in the BIG EAST Conference and NCAA."

Best, a sophomore transfer from La Salle University, was the 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Outdoor Heptathlon Champion. She tallied a seven-event total of 4,367 points to earn the win.

Breland was a two-event qualifier at the OHSAA Division II State Championships. She placed second in the shot put and eighth in the discus.

Clay qualified for the Illinois State Meet in three events, the pole vault, 800 meters and mile run. She took second place in the pole vault. Clay also placed 13th in the Illinois State Cross Country meet.

Harding, a junior transfer from Eastern Kentucky, was the runner up in the 100-meter hurdles at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship.

Jarrett qualified for the OHSAA Division I State Meet in three events, the 400 meters, 4x200-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay. She anchored Pickerington Central to a fifth-place finish in the 1,600 relay.

Larrson took third place in the javelin at the Swedish Nationals and Junior Nationals and has a personal-best throw of 169-2.

Rosenhagen was a four-event qualifier at the Kentucky state meet (high jump, long jump, shot put, triple jump). She placed second in the shot put, third in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump.

Sanders was the OHSAA Division II Champion in the 100-meter hurdles and the runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles.

Smith placed second in the 200 meters at the Ohio State indoor meet where she also took third place in the 60-meter dash.

The 2011-12 indoor track and field campaign gets started on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at the Eastern Illinois University Early Bird meet which will take place at Lantz Fieldhouse in Charleston, Ill.