McElroy wins U20 National Championship, Breaks Meet, UC Records

Zach Stipe

Assistant AD / Communications

EUGENE, Oregon – University of Cincinnati Athletics Steven McElroy won the U20 National Championship in the 400-meter dash on Saturday at Hayward Field at the USATF U20 Outdoor Championships.

McElroy, a native of Pickerington, Ohio, clocked a school and competitive record time of 44.93 from lane five, running away from the field and qualifying for the U20 World Championships in Athletics, which will be held in Cali, Colombia during the first week of August.

McElroy’s time shatters his own school record (45.57) and cements the Bearcat as the first U.S. 400m runner under 20.

McElroy’s championship on Saturday caps an incredible first season. He won the 400m at the 2022 U.S. Indoor and Outdoor Championships while qualifying for the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Additionally, Cincinnati Kennedy Marable competed in the triple jump Saturday at the Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships – also at Hayward Field.

Marable’s mark at 12.90 m (42-04) places him 12th.

bear cat Annika Kinley completed the UC competition on Saturday, placing sixth in the high jump with a jump of 1.70m (5-7) at the U20 Championships.

Thursday, UC super Annette Echikunwoke finished third in hammer throw at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

Echikunwoke’s throw of 73.76 yards (242-0) at Hayward Field qualified the UC alum for July’s World Championships, also to be held in Eugene.

Echikunwoke won the NCAA title for UC in the shot put in 2017.

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The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics competes at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics with a vision to achieve Next Level Success for the 18 university teams and more than 500 student-athletes. The Bearcats have a proud athletic history, winning eight national championships and 117 conference titles. Cincinnati’s men’s basketball team is among the top 15 winningest programs of all time, while the football team became the first American Athletic Conference program to make the college football playoffs in 2021 Olympic gold medalist, volleyball player Jordan Thompson, NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and Major League Baseball legend Sandy Koufax are among the personalities who have competed as the Bearcats.

UC student-athletes collectively posted a 3,369. Overall GPA in Spring 2022 with 77% honor roll earning spots and six Bearcats earning CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

Under the direction of the sports director John Cunninghamand supported by more than 150 full-time employees, The mission of UC Athletics is to relate our community, to improve our university and impact the lives of student-athletes as they prepare to change the world on and off the field.

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