Edwin Kibichiy set a personal best en route to winning the 3,000m steeplechase title.
May 3, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - Edwin Kibichiy and Ernest Kibet won titles in their respective races to lead the University of Louisville track and field teams at the first day of the AAC Outdoor Championships on Friday in Tampa, Fla., in heavy rain conditions.
Kibichiy captured the Cardinals' first title of the day at the meet, racing to a first-place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase. The sophomore raced to the front of the pack and held a commanding lead for the entire competition, finishing with a personal-best time of 8:55.93. Teammate Stacey Eden took seventh, and the duo contributed 12 points to the men's team total.
Kibet and Tyler Byrne paced each other in the men's 10,000m, and Kibet out-sprinted Byrne in the final 400m to take the distance crown. The two each broke the stadium record last set in 2001, as Kibet finished in 30:28.43 and Byrne completed the race in 30:30.19. Japhet Kipkoech placed fifth in the race.
Distance runner Benadate Cheruiyot also enjoyed success running under the lights at the USF Track and Field Stadium. The sophomore broke the school record in the 3,000m steeplechase that she set earlier in the year, clocking a time of 10:19.64. Despite pacing the pack for much of the race, she finished third in the event, while Rachel Pease set a personal-best time of 11:11.24 to take sixth.
Senior Maria Frigo also picked up points for Louisville, finishing seventh in the women's 10,000m.
Following the final distance races of the night, the Louisville's men are first in the team standings with 51 points. The women's group is second to SMU with 22 points.
After long delays, the men's and women's throwing groups took part in the hammer throw.
The men's throwing group had three scoring finishes, led by Nils Westrich's second-place finish. The sophomore led the event until Cincinnati's Josh Province moved into first on the fifth attempt. Brad Vivace placed third, and Louisville secured three points from freshman Darrius Lopez's sixth-place showing.
In the women's competition, Patrice Gates took runner-up with a toss of 57.86m/189-10. Similar to the men's event, Gates held the No. 1 position until SMU's Helena Perez captured the title on her final attempt. Caitlin Gilmore placed seventh, and Hannah Baker rounded out the scoring with an eighth-place showing.
Louisville returns to action for the second day at the AAC Outdoor Championships on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with the women's javelin.
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AAC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (TAMPA, FLA. - USF TRACK AND FIELD STADIUM)
Friday, May 2
7. Maria Frigo - 38:12.40