Andrew Stewart helped the men's distance medley relay team pick up a victory.
Feb. 15, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville track and field teams took advantage of their final regular-season opportunities Friday night at the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Ind. Louisville had 27 top-five finishes, including five event victories.
Louisville's track athletes produced three victories, as Kelsey Cramsey won the 600m, Emily Bushey took first in the 800m, and the quartet of Ernest Kibet, Thomas Cave, Ryan Eaton, and Andrew Stewart combined to win the men's distance medley relay.
Bushey's personal best of 2:11.94, a four-second improvement, currently ranks in the top-five in the conference. Teammate Michelle Molodynia took second on a time of 2:14.20, giving Louisville three runners in the conference's top 10 in the event.
Patrice Gates, despite setting personal bests throughout the season in the weight throw, earned her first win of the season in the event. Her throw of 20.04m/65-9 led a 1-2 finish, with teammate Rachel Serafin taking runner-up on a personal-best mark of 18.63m/61-1.50. Caitlin Gilmore also landed a personal best (18.21m/59-9) to take fifth.
Fellow thrower Liberty Slinden surpassed the 51-foot mark in the shot put, registering a personal-best 15.80m/51-10 in the event. The senior already holds the second-best throw in the conference and closed the gap on the AAC leader, who owns a throw of 15.85m/52-0.
Brittany Owens collected her second victory of the season in the long jump, taking first in the event behind a mark of 5.99m/19-8. She currently has the conference lead after registering a personal best 6.11m/20-0.50 last week.
In the women's pole vault, Chanel Krause took sixth, clearing the fifth-best height in school history at 3.91m/12-10. Earlier this season, the freshman jumped over the bar at 3.95m/12-11.50.
Notably, Michael Thompson made his season debut in the high jump, where he cleared the bar at 2.00m/6-6.75. He placed seventh in the event on a leap that ranks in the top 10 in the AAC.
Three members of the sprints group advanced to Saturday's final in their respective events. Brianne Brown and Alexis Murry each had season-best times in the 60m hurdles, finishing third and fifth, respectively, while Calvin Arsenault beat his season best in the 60m hurdles, clocking a time of 7.96 to take third.
Louisville's distance crew also received solid performances.
Benadate Cheruiyot and Ernest Kibet each finished in the top five in their respective mile races. Cheruiyot's team-best time of 4:58.79 ranks in the top 10 in the conference. Kibet shaved two seconds off his season best to take fourth after finishing in 4:17.83.
In the 3,000m competitions, Edwin Kibichiy finished fourth in the men's race, while Agnes Chepchumba and Maria Frigo raced into the top 10. Chepchumba knocked 14 seconds off her previous best and took third.
Louisville's sprinters return to action for the final day of competition on Saturday, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
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HOOSIER HILLS (BLOOMINGTON, IND. - GLADSTEIN FIELDHOUSE)
Friday, Feb. 14
Women's 60m Semifinals
9. Alexis Murry - 7.79
2. Benadate Cheruiyot - 4:58.79
Men's High Jump
7. Michael Thompson - 2.00m/6-6.75
5. Randi Norris - 58.70
6. La'Bianca Frazier - 58.72
10. Andrew Stewart - 1:56.72
Men's Pole Vault
t-10. Kevin Jackson - 4.62m/15-1.75
13. Antoine Keys - 22.82
Women's Distance Medley Relay
2. Louisville `A' (A. Gennocro, M. Molodynia, J. Diaz, B. Cheruiyot) - 12:23.44
Men's Distance Medley Relay
1. Louisville `A' (E. Kibet, T. Cave, R. Eaton, A. Stewart) - 10:10.53
Women's 4x400m Relay
2. Louisville `A' (L. Frazier, R. Norris, K. Cramsey, E. Bushey) - 3:53.35