UC Track Wins All-Ohio Championship


Jan. 22, 2011



KENT, Ohio – The University of Cincinnati indoor track and field team came out victorious Saturday, Jan. 22, at the All-Ohio Championships at the Kent State Field House on the strength of seven individual wins.

The Bearcats totaled 119 points to win the All-Ohio, followed by Akron’s  78.20 points and Kent State’s 71.20. It’s the second consecutive overall team win for UC, which won the Akron Opener on Jan. 7.

The other competing teams finished in order of Miami (Ohio), Toledo, Ashland, Dayton, Bowling Green, Youngstown State, Ohio University, Wright State, Findlay, Tiffin, Central State, Xavier (Ohio) and Lake Erie.

Senior sprinter Natasha Burse (Garland, Texas/Richardson) earned three championships. She won the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash with times of 7.54 and 24.40, respectively.

Junior sprinter Aricka Rhodes (Westerville, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) finished in first in the 400-meter dash after recording a time of 55.97.

Kathy Klump (Aurora, Ind./South Dearborn) was the victor in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.25.

The Bearcats relay team of senior Vanessa Hardin (Westerville, Ohio), sophomore Shanay Portis (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield), Klump and Rhodes finished the 4x400-meter relay in 3:47.85, good for first place.

Junior Mackenzie Fields (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mariemont) won the pole vault competition after clearing a height of 13-01.75 feet.

With a distance of 48-05.50 feet, freshman thrower Frida Akerstrom (Nynaeshamn, Sweden) finished first in the shot put event.

The Bearcats return to action at the Pole Vault Summit, Jan. 28-29, in Reno, Nev.