Ben Williams has won both triple jump competitions he has competed in this season.
Jan. 25, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Ben Williams secured his second indoor victory in the triple jump to lead the University of Louisville track and field teams on Saturday at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.
Williams, who made his Louisville debut in the Cardinals' season-opener, registered a triple jump mark of 15.96m/52-4.50 that landed him a win, a top-five national ranking, and AAC Field Athlete of the Week accolades. The Newcastle, United Kingdom, matched that mark on his final jump of the meet for the win and to likely maintain his top-five standing.
"Ben turned in another strong performance and one of his early fouls was on a big jump," head coach Dale Cowper said. "He has some big jumps left in him as the indoor season progresses."
Leading the throws group was Steve Wade, who posted a third-place finish in the shot put. His season-best mark of 17.17/56-4, a four-foot improvement from two weeks ago, gives Louisville three throwers in the top 10 in the event in the AAC. Brad Vivace, who leads the league in the shot put, finished fourth in the meet.
Kelsey Cramsey set a 14 second personal best in the mile, clocking a time of 5:01.22 to win her heat following a strong finish. The sophomore finished 10th overall with a mark that currently ranks in the AAC's top 10 in the event.
In the men's mile, Thomas Cave and Ernest Kibet each finished in the top 15. A freshman, Cave clocked a time of 4:18.58 to take 13th, while Kibet's 4:19.53 mark was good enough for 14th. Both marks currently rank in the top 10 in the conference.
Calvin Arsenault and Emily Bushey also had notable finishes on the track. Arsenault, after advancing to the finals in the 60m hurdles, clocked a time of 8.00 to finish fifth. Bushey, who participated in the 800m, took ninth after finishing the race in 2:15.06.
Competing in one of the final events of the day, Benadate Cheruiyot logged a season-best 3,000m time to take 16th. The sophomore's time of 10:02.43 was a 13-second improvement from her last time running in the event and should put her in the top five in the conference.
"We had some really outstanding efforts this weekend," Cowper added. "This part of the season is the most challenging time as we continue to prepare for The American Championships in five weeks.
"This weekend, we made progress in several areas and learned some valuable lessons along the way."
Louisville returns to action at the end of the month with the Indiana Relays. The two-day event begins Jan. 31 in the Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Ind.
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VANDERBILT INVITATIONAL (NASHVILLE, TENN. - LAMBERT FIELDHOUSE)
Saturday, Jan. 25
Women's Pole Vault
7. Chelsea Bingham - 3.70m/12-1.50
Women's 60m Preliminaries Group A
12. Kayla Tyson - 7.94
Men's 60m Preliminaries Group A
10. Nick Kennedy - 7.12
Men's 60m Preliminaries Group B
7. Jermaine Parrish - 7.01
10. Kelsey Cramsey - 5:01.22
Men's 60m Hurdles Final
5. Calvin Arsenault - 8.00
Men's Triple Jump
1. Ben Williams - 15.96m/52-4.50
9. Emily Bushey - 2:15.06
20. Andrew Stewart - 1:55.59
17. Guillaume Victorin - 22.47
Women's 4x400m Relay
9. Louisville `A' (T. Bradley, G. Shaw, R. Norris, L. Frazier) - 3:58.49