Tyler Byrne sprinted to the 3,000m title in front of an excited Louisville contingent.
March 1, 2014
NEW YORK - The University of Louisville track and field teams wrapped up a strong final day at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, as the men finished second and the women took fifth in The Armory on Saturday.
Four student-athletes achieved conference titles - three on the track and one in the field events.
Kelsey Cramsey put together arguably the performance of the meet. She ran the best 800m race of her collegiate career, not only shattering the school record by five seconds, but the Mason, Ill., native strategically tracked down the leader and passed her down the final stretch for a winning time of 2:05.6h. Cramsey nearly broke the record earlier this year of 2:10.22 that was set by Kat Alcorn in 2009.
The mark, which is a five-second personal-best, was reported as a hand time after the timing company experienced a technical issue. Had it ranked in the top 16 nationally, which it did at the time, it would not have been accepted by the NCAA.
Teammate Emily Bushey finished eighth in the 800m race.
Louisville's distance group, after going 1-2-3 in the men's 5,000m on Friday, witnessed another solid finish. Tyler Byrne won the 3,000m title on a personal-best 8:16.27 in an exciting race where he came from behind and passed the leader with 60 meters to go. Edwin Kibichiy finished third, and Ernest Kibet took fourth to earn Louisville 21 points in the men's race.
Calvin Arsenault achieved the Cardinals' first title of the day, winning the program's first indoor 60m hurdles title. After tallying the second-best time overall in the trials, the junior tied his school record of 7.88 and won his first collegiate crown after edging the runner-up by .04 seconds.
Louisville's Brianne Brown set a personal best in the women's 60m hurdles, clocking a time of 8.55 for sixth.
Again, the Cardinals had a strong day in the jumping events.
Ben Williams, the No. 1 seed in the triple jump, registered a personal best of 16.16m/53-0.25 to win his first collegiate title. The sophomore notched the winning jump - a mark that is third-best in school history - on his final attempt and moved into the top-five nationally to ensure a spot at the NCAA Indoor Championships. In the women's competition, Brittany Owens took fifth on a jump of 12.23m/40-1.50.
The lone throwing event of the day, the shot put, had two Cardinals each finish in the top eight men's and women's sections. Brad Vivace and Isaac Bowling finished sixth and eighth, respectively, while Liberty Slinden and Rachel Serafin took fifth and sixth, respectively. Benadate Cheruiyot, who took fourth in the 3,000m, battled to a third-place showing in the mile, and Michelle Molodynia - like Wolter - fought sickness to post an eighth-place finish.
In the mile, Louisville struck another come-from-behind performance with it resulting this time in a runner-up finish. Mattias Wolter, despite suffering from illness, finished second in the event, and Andrew Stewart ran to a fifth-place showing.
Marcus Motill broke the school's six-year-old record in the heptathlon. After posting a second-place finish in the 1,000m, his top placing of the seven events, Motill earned a score of 4,731 to surpass Andrew Blaser's 2008 standard of 4,702.
Toward the end of the individual final competitions, Jermaine Parrish mirrored his 60m trials time of 6.92 to take sixth in the finals.
The next competition on the Cardinals' schedule, the NCAA Indoor Championships, begins on March 14. The two-day event is held Albuquerque, N.M.
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AAC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (NEW BALANCE ARMORY - NEW YORK, NY)
Saturday, March 1
Men's Heptathlon 60m Hurdles
9. Marcus Motill - 8.90
Men's Heptathlon Pole Vault
t-8. Marcus Motill - 3.90m/12-9.50
Men's Heptathlon 1,000m
2. Marcus Motill - 2:45.41
Men's Heptathlon Final
8. Marcus Motill - 4,731
Men's High Jump
8. Michael Thompson - 1.97m/6-5.50
Women's 60m Hurdles Final
6. Brianne Brown - 8.55
Women's Triple Jump
5. Brittany Owens - 12.23m/40-1.50
Men's Triple Jump
1. Ben Williams - 16.16m/53-0.25
Men's 60m Hurdles Final
1. Calvin Arsenault - 7.88
Men's 60m Final
6. Jermaine Parrish - 6.92
4. Benadate Cheruiyot - 9:46.01
17. Maria Frigo - 10:21.17
1. Tyler Byrne - 8:16.27
3. Edwin Kibichiy - 8:18.81
4. Ernest Kibet - 8:20.55
15. Japhet Kipkoech - 8:37.83
16. Mattias Wolter - 8:38.89
19. Stacey Eden - 8:47.55
Women's 4x400m Relay
9. Louisville `A' (T. Bradley, R. Norris, A. Murry, L. Frazier) - 3:50.43
Men's 4x400m Relay
7. Louisville `A' (C. Arsenault, A. Keys, J. Parrish, A. Stewart) - 3:22.42