Throwers Highlight Track and Field's Day at the Vanderbilt Invitational

Sam Bombaugh won the weight throw crown on his final attempt.

Sam Bombaugh won the weight throw crown on his final attempt.

Jan. 24, 2014


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sam Bombaugh recorded his second win of the season in the weight throw, and the University of Louisville track and field teams concluded their first day of competition at the Vanderbilt Invitational Friday evening in Nashville.

Bombaugh, who reached the finals of the event, had trailed for the entire competition before posting the winning throw on his final attempt. The Falmouth, Mass., native logged a season-best 18.94m/62-1.75 for the win. Bombaugh continues to hold the No. 1 ranking in the weight throw in the American Athletic Conference.

“Sam Bombaugh did a great job of working through a tough start to come back and get the win on his last throw of the night,” head coach Dale Cowper said.

Cowper’s event group produced another standout performance. Patrice Gates, who registered a personal best in the weight throw during the team’s last meet, beat that mark by nearly two feet. The senior, who finished second, had a toss of 19.54m/64-1.25 and was one of three in the competition to break the facility mark.

Patrice Gates improved her personal-best mark in the weight throw by nearly two feet.

Much like Bombaugh, Gates remains atop the AAC in the event and likely positions herself in the top-30 nationally.

“I’m very excited for Patrice to come up with another personal best,” Cowper stated. “She continues to progress and it will be fun to see where can end up.”

On the track, the women’s distance medley relay put together a performance that ranks in the top five in school history. The quartet of Michelle Molodynia, Randi Norris, Kelsey Cramsey, and Emily Bushey raced to a time of 11:54.63, the third-best mark in school history and the fastest time since 2010.

The men’s distance medley relay of Mattias Wolter, Marcus Motill, Thomas Cave, and Andrew Stewart also earned a third-place finish.

Louisville returns to competition on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Lambert Fieldhouse at noon ET with the women’s shot put. The Cardinals have the opportunity to compete in as many as 24 events on the final day of competition.

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Friday, Jan. 24

Women’s High Jump
6. Maggie Gilbertson - 1.69m/5-6.50
9. Kelsie Courtney - 1.64m/5-4.50

Women’s Long Jump
6. Brittany Owens - 5.95m/19-6.25
9. Bre’Yana Wash - 5.85m/19-2.50
14. Hannah Cox - 5.58m/18-3.75
t-26. Brianne Brown - 4.93m/16-2.25

Women’s Weight Throw
2. Patrice Gates - 19.54m/64-1.25
8. Caitlin Gilmore - 16.79m/55-1
9. Dolly Nyemah - 16.67m/54-8.25
11. Rachel Serafin - 15.45m/50-8.25

Men’s Pole Vault
Kevin Jackson - NH

Men’s Long Jump
9. Jeron Brown - 6.75m/22-1.75
10. Nick Kennedy - 6.57m/21-6.75
Guillaume Victorin - FOUL

Men’s Weight Throw
1. Sam Bombaugh - 18.94m/62-1.75
10. Isaac Bowling - 15.11m/49-7

Women’s Distance Medley Relay
3. Louisville ‘A’ (M. Molodynia, R. Norris, K. Cramsey, E. Bushey) - 11:54.63

Men’s Distance Medley Relay
3. Louisville ‘A’ (M. Wolter, M. Motill, T. Cave, A. Stewart) - 10:05.18

Women’s 5,000m
20. Megan Klein - 17:50.20
21. Maria Frigo - 17:53.63

Men’s 5,000m
6. Japhet Kipkoech - 15:04.21



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