Cross Country |
Jan. 28, 2011
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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Cincinnati track and field team continues its indoor schedule Friday and Saturday with multiple events, highlighted by the Rod McCravy Invitational at E.J. Nutter Field House on the campus of the University of Kentucky.
The women’s indoor track team will attempt to win its third consecutive meet after finishing in first place at the All-Ohio Championships on Jan. 22 and the Akron Opener on Jan. 7. However, the team will have to do so without four of its pole vaulters as Kayla Dunn, Michelle Eby, Mackenzie Fields and Sarah Rasnick are all competing at this weekend’s Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev.
The Bearcats have received strong performances from their sprinters this season, most notably Natasha Burse (Garland, Texas/Richardson) and Aricka Rhodes (Westerville, Ohio/Thomas Worthington).
Burse has won the 200 meter dash at all three of UC’s meets this season. The senior from Garland, Texas, has recorded times of 24.40 (All-Ohio), 24.70 (Akron Opener) and 25.27 (Early Bird) seconds. Additionally, she’s won the 60-meter dash twice this season with times of 7.54 at the All-Ohio and a UC record 7.48 at the Early Bird Meet at Eastern Illinois University on Dec. 10.
Rhodes, a junior sprinter, finished in first in the 400-meter dash at both the All-Ohio and the Akron Opener after recording times of 55.97 and 56.00, respectively.
Also shining for the Bearcats this season has been the performance of their 4x400 relay team, which has won all three of its races this season. The team, which primarily has featured Rhodes as the anchor; sophomores Shanay Portis (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) and Alyssa Edley (London, Ohio/London); and either senior Vanessa Hardin (Westerville, Ohio) or Klump, won the Early Bird race with a time of 3:53.66; the Akron Opener with a time of 3:51.02; and at the All-Ohio it finished in 3:47.85.
The UC men’s team will continue its indoor competition as it prepares for the beginning of the outdoor season in March. Last week at the All-Ohio Championships, the men finished in fifth place overall and were led by Terrence Somerville
(Akron, Ohio/Buchtel) and Eric Finan
(New Richmond, Ohio/New Richmond).
Somerville won the 60-meter hurdle event with a time of 7.68, which is the current NCAA leader and ranks fourth in the world. His time trails only Bearcats Hall of Famer and Olympian David Payne's 7.62 in the UC record books.
Finan won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:17.07, over 17 seconds more than the next man to finish. His run breaks the UC record and is currently ranked second in the NCAA.