For their performances at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational and the Alabama Relays, University of Cincinnati junior Antione Drakeford was named Big East Conference male track athlete of the week, while junior Jasmine Cotten, of Fayetteville, earned the league’s female field athlete of the week, the conference announced on Wednesday.
Cotten led three UC heptathletes with a second-place finish in the heptathlon at the Alabama Relays with a NCAA provisional mark of 5,321. Among the seven events, Cotten posted regional qualifying distances of 5-foot-8 3/4 in the high jump and 19-foot-8 in the long jump.
In the 400-meter dash at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, Drakeford broke the Gettler Stadium and UC records while setting a regional qualifying time of 45.83 seconds. His 400 time is the top mark in the Big East this season.