Bearcats Spilt Squads Ahead of Big Weekend

CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati men’s and women’s track and field teams are splitting rosters to compete in two encounters this weekend.

The Cincinnati distance runners will head to South Bend, Indiana for the Meyo Invitational, while the UC sprinters and field athletes will compete in the Doc Hale Meet in Blacksburg, Virginia. Both meetings begin on Friday February 3rd and end on Saturday February 4th.


The Meyo Invitation will be held at the Loftus Sports Center and will be hosted by Notre Dame. On Friday, field events begin at 4:00 p.m., running events begin at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, the running events begin at 10am, followed by the field events at 11am

All dates and start times can be found here. Fans can keep up with live scores on the action at the Meyo Invitational.


The Doc Hale Meet takes place at the Rector Fieldhouse. On Friday, field events begin at 4:00 p.m., followed by running events from 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, the field events begin at 11:00 a.m., the running events begin at 2:00 p.m

All dates and start times can be found here. Fans can follow the action via Live Scores, which can be found here.


The Bearcats have six student-athletes with times or grades that rank in the top 25 nationally.

The Cincinnati women’s high jump and men’s weight-throwing rosters have two top-25-scoring athletes. Senior taylor beard Nation-ranked ninth in women’s high jump and number one in the American Athletic Conference with a grade of 1.84 meters while teammate sophomore Annika Kinley ranks second in the AAC and 20th in the country at 1.81 meters.

Senior Fred Moundani leads the way for the men’s weight throwing team as he ranks first in the AAC and 11th in the nation with his UC-record 19.57 m. Junior Giovanni Gutierrez Mark of 18.75 meters ranks 25th in the nation and second in the AAC.

second grader Steven McElroys Time of 46.44 in the men’s 400 yards ranks first in the AAC and 17th in the NCAA and senior Rylee Penn leads the AAC and ranks 24th in the nation on the women’s mile with a time of 4:37.19.

Both the women’s high jump and men’s weight throw rosters rank third in the first USTFCCCA event roster rankings of the season. In the latest USTFCCCA regional rankings, UC women rank sixth in the Great Lakes region, up two places from last week’s ranking, while UC men rank 11th in the region.

// Penn was named Athlete of the Week by AAC.
Penn was named the American Athletic Conference’s Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.

The senior received the award following her performance at the Bob Pollock Invitational last Friday. This is the first time in her career that she has received this honor.

The Corona, California native earned the award after breaking the Cincinnati women’s 3,000 meter indoor record with a time of 9:14.54. She defeated her teammate Senior Maddie Walkers previous school record by a full 15 seconds. Her time is also a full 15 seconds faster than the second best time in the American Athletic Conference and ranks 19th in the nation.

Penn not only won the 3,000 meter, but also the women’s 1 mile with a personal best of 4:37.19. Penn’s time is the second fastest in UC history and just three seconds off the record. Her mileage ranks first in the AAC and 24th in the nation.

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