Mackenzie Fields wins BIG EAST pole vault title

Mackenzie Fields won the pole vault title at the BIG EAST Conference indoor track & field championship meet on Sunday.The meet took place at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva.

The two-day championship meet came to a close on Sunday. The Bearcats totalled 39 team points which placed them eighth in the standings.

Fields won the competition at 13′ 3″, then had the bar placed at 14′ (officially 13′ 11.25″) which she cleared on her third attempt. That height represents the sixth-best mark this season according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association results reporting site.

After clearing 14′, Fields then tried to clear 14′ 2″ which would have been a BIG EAST record. She was unable to top the mark in three attempts.

The Bearcats have now won back-to-back indoor pole vault titles at the BIG EAST championship meet. Last year, Sarah Rasnick won with a 13′ 10″ height. Rasnick is sitting out this season with an injury.

UC had four pole vaulters in the final. Chelsea Vaughan finished sixth (12′ 3.5″), Alyssa McBride was 11th (11′ 9.75″) and Emily Clay was 14th (11′ 9.75″).

The big story on Saturday for UC was the three qualifiers that the Bearcats placed in the 60-meters hurdles final. Of the three, Je’Rica Sanders came through with a fourth-place finish in a season-best time of 8.60. Javette Lee was seventh (8.79) and DanHeisha Harding ninth (8.97).

In other events on Sunday, Frida Akerstrom was fifth in the shot put with a 50′ 7.5″ throw. Erika Hurd was sixth in the pole vault with a 5′ 8.75″ leap. Kenya Woodall was sixth in the 400 meters, finishing in a season-best time of 55.15. The 4×400-meters relay team of Shanay Portis, Lee, Jada Grant and Woodall placed eighth in 3:43.70.


Mackenzie Vaulter Magazine
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