Outdoor Track & Field

Cincinnati, Memphis and Wichita State Win Events on Day 1 of The American’s Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship

Championship Central | Results | Highlights
WICHITA, Kan. – Behind strong performances in Friday’s throwing events, the Memphis women earned three trips to the podium and scored 31 points on the opening day of the 2019 American Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships to lead the way at Cessna Stadium. Powered by a first-place finish in the 10,000-meter run to end the day, the Shockers are in second place with 18 points, followed by Tulsa with 14 points in third place. Two records fell in the women’s meet on the first day of competition.

Cincinnati redshirt senior Annette Echikunwoke smashed her own American record in the women’s hammer throw, winning her third conference title in this event. On her first attempt, the All-America thrower bested her own conference mark set three years ago with a distance of 64.51 meters (211' 7"). She then re-set her record on her third attempt and bested the all-time American Athletic Conference mark with her distance of 65.41 meters (214' 7"). Her top throw of the day ranks 11th nationally this season. Each of her throws traveled over 62 meters.
The second American record of the day fell in the final event, as Wichita State’s Winny Koskei paced ahead of SMU’s Hannah Miller on the final lap, running a 3:12 final 1K split to capture her second-consecutive American 10,000-meter title in 34:24.94. Her time was also good for a Cessna Stadium record. In addition to winning the 2019 American Cross Country title, Koskei has won the 10,000m twice as well as the indoor and outdoor 5,000-meter titles.
The top three 10,000-meter finishers ran under the stadium record, as SMU’s Hannah Miller earned a podium finish for a third-straight year, taking second place (34:28.48). Tulsa’s Caitlin Klopfer placed third with her time of 34:40.25. SMU’s Svenja Ojstersek took fourth place, while Tulsa freshman Jenny O’Bryan rounded out the top five.
Memphis scored 11 points in the hammer throw with three athletes finishing in the top eight. DeeNia McMiller earned the third-place podium spot with her throw of 61.14 meters on her first attempt. Vigdis Jonsdottir rounded out the top five with her distance of 60.30 meters. Samantha Lenton placed eighth with her toss of 58.56 meters on her final attempt. UConn’s Chanell Botsis turned in a runner-up finish with her distance of 61.81 meters (202' 9").
The Tigers continued to shine in the throws, getting more points in the javelin. Senior Ashley Pryke picked up her third-straight javelin title with her distance of 51.65 meters (169' 5") on her third attempt. Mona Jaidi clinched the second-place spot with her distance of 51.52 meters (169' 0") on her opening attempt. Wichita State’s Kendra Henry moved up a spot from last year, placing third with a personal-record throw of 49.08 meters (161' 0").
Wichita State made its presence felt in the heptathlon with three Shockers finishing in the top five through the first four events on the first day. Sydney Wilson, who tallied three PRs on the day, posted a pair of first-place finishes, winning the high jump (1.71 meters) before posting a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash (25.61 seconds). She finished second in the 100-meter hurdles to start the day and fifth in the shot put, ending the day with 3,236 points. Claudia Rojo is currently in third place (3,089 points), while last year’s heptathlon champion Henry will enter tomorrow’s action in fourth place (3058 points). This year’s frontrunner entering the title meet, Katie Straus of Cincinnati, ended the day in second place with 3,107 points.
Kicking off the track prelims, Temple punched three tickets to the 800-meter finals with Helene Holm Gottlieb posting the top time of the day (2:09.14). Millie Howard ran the second-fastest prelim time (2:10.53), followed by two-time outdoor 800m American champion Susan Aneno of UConn (2:12.25).
In the 200-meter dash prelims, freshman Caisja Chandler of Cincinnati posted the top mark of 23.45 seconds, followed by last year’s third-place finisher Chelsea Francis of SMU (23.70 seconds). UCF’s Devin D’Oliveira ran the 400-meter hurdles in under a minute with her time of 59.98 seconds to lead eight qualifiers to Sunday’s final race. A trio of Wichita State hurdlers booked their trip to the finals, along with two SMU athletes.
The 2019 American Outdoor Track and Field Championships continue Saturday. For more information, visit http://TheAmerican.org/OTF.
Women’s Teams Scores
1) Memphis - 31
2) Wichita State - 18
3) Tulsa - 14
4) SMU - 13
4) UConn - 13
4) Cincinnati - 13
7) UCF - 7
8) USF - 5
9) Houston - 3
10) Tulane - 0
10) ECU - 0
10) Temple - 0
Championships Schedule:
Saturday, May 11
10:30 a.m. 110m Hurdles
11:20 a.m. (est.) Discus Throw
12:30 p.m. (est.) Pole Vault
3:30 p.m. (est.) Javelin
5:00 p.m. (est.) 1500m Run
Saturday, May 11
11:00 a.m. Long Jump
1:00 p.m. (est.) Javelin
2:30 p.m. (est.) 800m Run
Field Events
3:00 p.m. Long Jump – W Trials & FINAL
3:30 p.m. Shot Put – W Trials & FINAL
4:30 p.m. Pole Vault – W Trials & FINAL
5:00 p.m. Long Jump – M Trials & FINAL
5:30 p.m. Shot Put – M Trials & FINAL
Track Events
5:30 p.m. 100m Hurdles – W Trials
5:45 p.m. 110m Hurdles – M Trials
6:00 p.m. 1500m Run – W Trials
6:15 p.m. 1500m Run – M Trials
6:30 p.m. 400m Dash – W Trials
6:45 p.m. 400m Dash – M Trials
7:00 p.m. 100m Dash – W Trials
7:15 p.m. 100m Dash – M Trials
7:30 p.m. 3,000m Steeplechase – W FINAL
7:45 p.m. 3,000m Steeplechase – M FINAL
Sunday, May 12
Field Events
2:30 p.m. High Jump – M Trials & FINAL
2:30 p.m. Triple Jump – W Trials & FINAL
2:30 p.m. Discus – W Trials & FINAL
3:30 p.m. Pole Vault – M Trials & FINAL
4:30 p.m. High Jump – W Trials & FINAL
4:30 p.m. Triple Jump – M Trials & FINAL
4:30 p.m. Discus – M Trials & FINAL
Track Events
4:30 p.m. 400m Relay – W FINAL
4:40 p.m. 400m Relay – M FINAL
4:50 p.m. 1500m Run – W FINAL
5:00 p.m. 1500m Run – M FINAL
5:10 p.m. 100m Hurdles – W FINAL
5:20 p.m. 110m Hurdles – M FINAL
5:30 p.m. 400m Dash – W FINAL
5:35 p.m. 400m Dash – M FINAL
5:45 p.m. 100m Dash – W FINAL
5:50 p.m. 100m Dash – M FINAL
6:00 p.m. 800m Run – W FINAL
6:05 p.m. 800m Run – M FINAL
6:15 p.m. 400m Hurdles – W FINAL
6:20 p.m. 400m Hurdles – M FINAL
6:30 p.m. 200m Dash – W FINAL
6:35 p.m. 200m Dash – M FINAL
6:40 p.m. 5,000m Run – W (unseeded) FINAL
7:05 p.m. 5,000m Run – W (seeded) FINAL
7:25 p.m. 5,000m Run – M FINAL
7:45 p.m. 1600m Relay – W FINAL
7:55 p.m. 1600m Relay – M FINAL
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