Liberty Slinden finished runner-up in the shot put behind a career-best mark.
May 3, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - University of Louisville track and field's Tyler Byrne won the 5,000m title to lead the Cardinals on the second day of the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships on Saturday in Tampa, Fla.
Byrne, who captured his second conference title this year, raced to a facility record time of 14:18.75 to win the 5,000m race. He took over on the final lap, sprinting nearly the entire way to secure the victory. On Friday, Byrne finished runner-up in the 10,000m to teammate Ernest Kibet, who was one of three other Louisville runners to finish in a scoring position in the 5,000m.
At the conference's indoor championships, Byrne secured his first title of the season in the 3,000m. He finished third to Kibet in the 5,000m at the indoor championships.
Louisville also received a solid performance from Liberty Slinden in the women's shot put. The senior, on her third throw of the event, registered a career-best 16.00m/52-6 to take runner-up and earn her fifth-consecutive finish in the top five. Prior to Saturday's action, the mark ranks inside the top 15 in the event in the East Region.
Other notable finals performances on the women's side consisted of freshman Chanel Krause's fifth-place showing in the pole vault and Kim Cardeiro's sixth-place finish in the women's long jump behind a season-best mark.
Brad Vivace led the men's throwing contingent with a fourth-place finish in the shot put, recording a toss of 16.88m/55-4.75.
On the track, Louisville slotted at least one student-athlete in seven different events.
Calvin Arsenault had arguably the best day of the group in the sprints, finishing first overall in the 400m hurdles preliminaries with a school-record time of 51.63 to secure a place in Sunday's final. He also qualified for the finals in the 110m hurdles, racing to a third-place finish in the event.
In the middle-distance events, Andrew Stewart and Jonathan Reynolds finished in the top 12 in the 1,500, placing fifth and 10th, respectively, to guarantee entry into the finals. Benadate Cheruiyot won her heat with the fifth-fastest time, advancing in the women's event.
Gwen Shaw and Alexis Murry each guaranteed spots in the women's 400m hurdles final after placing fourth and eighth, respectively. Shaw clocked a season-best time of 1:02.06, more than a full-second improvement from first outdoor competition.
Toward the end of the day, Louisville native and freshman Taylor Bradley was one of eight Louisville student-athletes who set season-best marks. Bradley finished the 400m in 55.83, 18-hundredths of a second faster than her previous best.
By the end of the first day, Louisville's men rank first in the team standings with a 10-point lead, while the women's team sits in second.
Louisville concludes its time at the AAC Championships on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. with three events: the men's pole vault, men's discus, and women's triple jump.
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AAC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (TAMPA, FLA. - USF TRACK AND FIELD STADIUM)
Saturday, May 3
Women's 1,500m Trials
2. Benadate Cheruiyot - 4:37.58Q
Men's High Jump
9. Michael Thompson - 2.00m/6-6.75
Men's Long Jump
9. Jeron Brown - 6.89m/22-7.25 (wind: -0.3)
Men's 110m Hurdles Trials
3. Calvin Arsenault - 14.19q
Women's 400m Trials
13. Taylor Bradley - 55.83
Men's 400m Trials
11. Antoine Keys - 48.67
Women's 100m Trials
15. Kayla Tyson - 12.13 (wind: -1.1)
Men's 100m Trials
12. Jermaine Parrish - 10.86 (wind: -0.4)
Men's 400m Hurdles Trials
1. Calvin Arsenault - 51.63Q