Dec. 8, 2013
The University of Cincinnati track and field programs began the 2013-14 season this past weekend with its annual Black vs. Red Intrasquad Meet in The Armory-Fieldhouse on the 175-meter flat track. The winner of the meet came down to the final race with Team Black edging Team Red, 116-108.
The split women’s teams battled to a 56-56 tie, despite Team Black winning nine of the 14 events. Team Red racked up the points in multiple events to hold a slim lead entering the 4x400, but the foursome of Erin Milner, Kaele Lightfoot, Kelsey Mueller and Shanice Smith aided Team Black in pulling out a first-place finish to force the draw.
Team Red snatched an early lead with having the top three finishers in the 55-meter dash, but Team Black responded by going first through third in the 55-meter hurdles.
Sophomore Je'Rica Sanders was arguably Team Red's top performer as she won both the 55-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash.
Senior Morgan Gordon and freshman Taylor Hill kept Team Red going with a one-two finish in the 400-meter dash, while Team Black garnered four first place finishes out of seven field events.
Similar to the women’s side, Team Black on the men’s side won nine of 14 events, but Team Red couldn’t keep pace and lost 62-50.
Senior Marquis Brookins headed the charge for Team Black with a pair of event wins in the 55-meter dash and the long jump.
Junior Michael Nwankwo claimed first in the triple jump with a meet record leap of 48’ 4.45”. His mark surpasses Chris Greene’s record set in 2012 of 47’ 10.75”.
Team Black sealed the victory with the quartet of Jordan Hardiman, Brian Barney, Dailyn Moore and Nathan Alexander winning the 4x400. Hardisman (high jump), Barney (800m) and Moore (55m hurdles) also won their respective individual events.
Team Red received a trio of meet records but was unable to match Team Black’s depth.
Sophomore Macklin Tudor was possibly the highlight of the meet as he set two meet records. His first came in the discus with a hurl of 170’ 9”, which broke Chris Littleton’s record of 163’ 4” set in 2011. The second was in the shot put with a toss of 55’ 6.5”. The record was formerly held by Troy Cooper at 55’ 3.75’ (2009).
Senior Kyle Kubera also set a meet record as he won the inaugural pentathlon.
The Bearcats head to their first official meet of the year this weekend in Bloomington, Ind. at the Hoosier Open. Friday’s competition is slated to begin at 4:50 p.m. ET with the women’s 5,000-meter run, while Saturday’s schedule features just pentathlon events and begins at 9 a.m. ET.