Alex Ryan, University of Cincinnati

Triple jump, weight throw records improved upon with six other marks ranking in UC Top 10

The University of Cincinnati track and field program got off to a solid start at the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., Friday as the Bearcats recorded two school records and added six more all-time program Top 10 marks. Combined, the men and women recorded 22 personal bests on the day as well.


– Competing in her first triple jump event of the season, Rebecka Abrahamsson picked up where she left off last year as the sophomore shattered her own school record while finishing second overall Friday. Abrahamsson recorded a best of 13.05m (42-09.75) to better her previous school record by 1-03.75 (0.40m).

– For the second week in a row, the weight throw school record was smashed as Annette Echikunwoke sent the implement soaring to a mark of 20.31m (66-07.75) to finish second overall in the competition and first among collegiate entrants. With her mark Friday, Echikunwoke not only increased her own school record by another 10.75-inches, but also has now improved her career-best by more than six feet since the start of the season.

– Also in the weight throw, two other women recorded personal best marks, including Leah Heckaman and her top toss of 17.18m (56-04.50), the sixth-best mark in program history. Nicole Breeden also recorded a personal best in the event, recording a mark of 16.21m (53-02.25).

– The meet opened with a pair of entrants into the women’s pentathlon, which resulted in four individual event personal-best marks and one overall pentathlon PR for Maggie Loeffler, who placed eighth overall with 3,041 points. Loeffler tallied PR’s in the 60m hurdles, shot put, long jump and 800m run. Naomi Urbano also was in the competition, but an injury forced her out of the final event (800m), giving her no point total for the event.

– On the track, Bryana Robinson wasted no time joining the ranks of UC’s all-time best as she finished third in the 400m dash in 56.50. That time is a personal best for the transfer student-athlete and also the sixth-best all-time at UC.

– Haisha Bisiolu matched her 60m dash time of 7.70 from last weekend, which equals the seventh-best time in UC history. Kellsa Mbah, along with Bisiolu, advanced to the finals of the event, which will be held Saturday.

– Grace O’Donnell clocked a personal-best time of 10:29.67 in the 3,000m run for the women’s final PR on the day.


– In the first day of action in the heptathlon, Alex Bloom set himself up to record a personal best score in the seven-event competition by tallying 2,877 points through the first four events to sit sixth overall. Individually, Bloom recorded PR’s in the final three events of the day, including the long jump, shot put and high jump. His high jump clearance of 2.07m (6-09.50) was the third-best in the event and left him 1cm shy of equalling the program’s No. 10 spot. Bloom will conclude the heptathlon Saturday, needing at least 1,916 points to equal or better his heptathlon PR.

– In the field, Tariq Sanders finished third in the triple jump with a best of 14.70m (48-02.75). That mark is not only a PR, but also ranks as the fifth-best all-time in UC history.

– Back on the track, rookie Mykel Chambers was the seventh qualifier to the finals in the 60m dash as his first collegiate race lasted just 6.92 seconds. That time, however, stands as the ninth-fastest all-time at UC.

– Greg Sanders rounded out the PR’s for the Bearcats as he clocked a time of 8:40.12 in the 3,000m run to finish 13th overall in the event.

– Although not a PR, Jimmy Brooks clocked a time of 48.45 in the fast section of the 400m dash to win the event.

 Action in Bloomington comes to an end on Saturday. Follow @GoBearcatsTFXC on Twitter for updates during the meet.

 Women’s Results at Gladstein Invitational – Day 1 (1/22/16)

Pentathlon 60mH-HJ-SP-LJ-800m

8.   Maggie Loeffler – 3,041 points – PR

            9.72 [765 pts]

            1.56m (5-01.25)[689]

            8.78m (28-09.75)[450]

            4.74m (15-06.75)[490]

            2:33.73 [647]

–.   Naomi Urbano – DNF

            9.61 [787 pts]

            1.65m (5-05.00)[795]

            11.33m (37-02.25)[617]

            5.25m (17-02.75)[628]

            DNS [0]

 60m Dash – Prelims

5.   Haisha Bisiolu – 7.70 – advances to finalUC #7

8.   Kellsa Mbah – 7.79 – advances to final

10.   Alanna Hendricks – 7.85

18.   Javette Lee – 8.00

 60m Hurdles – Prelims

12.   Javette Lee – 8.89 – does not advance

17.   Aliya Barnes – 8.96 – does not advance

 400m Dash – Fast Section

2.   Kenya Woodall – 55.49

 400m Dash – Final

3.   Bryana Robinson – 56.50 – PR & UC #6

14.   Jada Grant – 57.92

 3,000m Run – Final

22.   Grace O’Donnell – 10:29.67 – PR

 High Jump

2.   Erika Hurd – 1.76m (5-09.25)

3.   Loretta Blaut – 1.72m (5-07.75)

T8.   Ashleigh Pickens – 1.63m (5-04.25)

 Triple Jump – Final

2.   Rebecka Abrahamsson – 13.05m (42-09.75) – PR & UC#1

 Pole Vault

t11.  Brooke Catherine – 3.41m (11-02.25)

t14.  Sadie Brass – 3.41m (11-02.25)

t14.  Alyssa McBride – 3.41m (11-02.25)

 Weight Throw

2.   Annette Echikunwoke – 20.31m (66-07.75) – PR & UC#1

5.   Monica Phillips – 17.71m (58-01.25)

7.   Leah Heckaman – 17.18m (56-04.50) – PR & UC #6

12.   Nicole Breeden – 16.21m (53-02.25) – PR


Men’s Results at Gladstein Invitational – Day 1 (1/22/16)

Heptathlon Day 1 – 60m-LJ-SP-HJ

6.   Alex Bloom – 2,877 points – Day 1 PR

            7.50 [713 pts]

            6.68m (21-11.00)[739]

            11.19m (36-08.50)[557]

            2.07m (6-09.50)[868]

 60m Dash – Prelims

7.   Mykel Chambers – 6.92 – advances to finalPR & UC #9

11.   Tevin-Lloyd Thompson – 6.99 – does not advance

 60m Hurdles – Prelims

9.   Kelvin Williams – 8.32 – does not advance

 400m Dash – Fast Section

1.   Jimmy Brooks – 48.45

 400m Dash – Final

9.   Kevin Konkoly – 49.51

20.   Jaashir Morris – 50.46

 Mile Run – Fast Section

13.   Seamus Collins – 4:17.31

 3,000m Run – Final

13.   Greg Sanders – 8:40.12 – PR

 Shot Put – Final

4.   Macklin Tudor – 16.66m (54-08.00)

8.   John Zadella – 15.12m (49-07.25) – PR

 Triple Jump

3.   Tariq Sanders – 14.70m (48-02.75) – PR & UC #5

 Pole Vault

6.   Nathan Alexander – 4.81m (15-09.25)

11.   Cody Curry – 4.51m (14-09.50)

—   Adrian Valles – no height