Three University of the Cumberlands (UC) track and field athletes traveled to Louisville, Kentucky on Friday to compete in the Cardinal Twilight Meet. Those three athletes who competed at University of Louisville competed very well overall in their respective events.
For the women's side of the competition, Danielle Hoop (Owenton, KY) ran the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase and finished in 2nd place out of 8 women with a new personal record of 10:56.99, breaking her own school record. University of Louisville's Benadate Cheruiyot won the event in a time of 10:33.12. Hoop's time now seeds her fourth in the NAIA, where she is only 11 seconds from the number one seed time and less than two seconds behind the number two and three seed.
The other two athletes that competed at the meet were Jonathan Gears (Andover, OH) and Landon Hamilton (Andover, OH) who both participated in the Men's 5,000 meter run. For Hamilton, this was his last collegiate 5,000 meter run where he placed 22nd with a time of 15:13.61. Gears ran within the middle of the pack for nearly the entire race, but made his move with about half a mile to go. Running a new personal record of 14:33.94, he broke his previous personal record by 16 seconds and placed 2nd behind Eric Finan who won the event in 14:13.99. Not only did he hit the NAIA "A" Standard for Nationals, Gears is currently ranked 10th in the NAIA.
This was a very great opportunity for these athletes to run fast one last time before leaving to go to Nationals which takes place May 23-25 at Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, Indiana.
For more information on the track teams or Patriot athletics visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.
Article Provided by Danielle Hoop, UC Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant