Bearcats among nation’s best on USTFCCCA performance lists

It turns out the University of Cincinnati indoor track & field team had an bigger day than first thought at the SPIRE Institute Collegiate Season Opener meet on Saturday. After the meet results were reported to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA), 16 UC performances are ranked in the top 50 in the nation, led by Mackenzie Fields being No. 1 in the pole vault and Kaitlyn Good at No. 3 in the pentathlon.

Fields is tied atop the pole vault ranking with Demi Payne of Kansas at 13’5.25″. Only six in the nation have cleared 13 feet so far this season.

Good is ranked third in the pentathlon with her 3,907-points effort at SPIRE. The top two, Merryl Mbeng of Kansas State and Whitney Fountain of Clemson, are both over 4,000 points, but the next highest after Good is under 3,700. Good also ranks 10th in the nation in the 800 meters.

Of the 15 student-athletes who compiled the ranked performances, seven are freshmen – Kenya Woodall (400 meters, 4×400-meters relay), Jada Grant (400 meters, 4×400-meters relay), Kelsey Mueller (800 meters), Javette Lee (4×400-meters relay), Erika Hurd (high jump), Amanda Hotaling (pole vault) and Monica Phillips (weight throw). Only three are seniors – Fields, Shanay Portis and men’s pole vaulter Tommy Marks. Marks and fellow pole vaulter Josh Dangel, who is a junior, competed in the SPIRE Institute meet as well as UC prepares to bring on men’s indoor track & field as an intercollegiate team program next season.

Rounding out the ranked competitors were sophomore Taylor Rosenhagen (pentathlon) and juniors Good, Emily Clay (pole vault) and Frida Akerstrom (shot put).

UC in the USTFCCCA top 50 performances lists:

400 meters: 13. Kenya Woodall, 56.79; 39. Jada Grant, 57.84

800 meters: 10. Kaitlyn Good, 2:13.79; 45. Kelsey Mueller, 2:18.86

4×400-meters relay: 36. Cincinnati “A” (Shanay Portis, Jada Grant, Javette Lee, Kenya Woodall), 3:53.04

High jump: 10. Erika Hurd, 5’8″, 34. Kaitlyn Good, 5’6.5″

Pole vault: 1. Mackenzie Fields, 13’5.25″; 39. Amanda Hotaling, 11’9.75″; 39. Emily Clay, 11’9.75″

Shot put: 17. Frida Akerstrom, 49’2.5″

Weight throw: 30. Monica Phillips, 58’1.25″

Pentathlon: 3. Kaitlyn Good, 3,907 points; 36. Taylor Rosenhagen, 3,018 points

Men’s pole vault: 18. Josh Dangel, 16’6″; 32. Tommy Marks, 16’0″

MacKenzie Fields
MacKenzie Fields


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