Calvin Arsenault set the school record in the 400m hurdles in advancing to the NCAA Championships in the event.
May 31, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville track and field team is sending two more student-athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Calvin Arsenault and Edwin Kibichiy each qualified in their respective events at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds on Friday in Jacksonville, Fla.
A junior, Arsenault was Louisville’s first national qualifier on the day. After placing fifth on Thursday in the 400m hurdles preliminaries behind a school-record time, Arsenault came back on Friday evening and raced to another fifth-place showing to secure his first trip to the national championships. He finished second in his heat with a school-record time of 50.75.
Arsenault has experienced a wealth of success in the 400m hurdles this season, including winning the AAC conference title in the event.
“Calvin had an outstanding race tonight in the intermediate hurdles,” head coach Dale Cowper said. “He took control of the race from the start and executed very well down the home stretch.”
Late in the evening, Kibichiy became Louisville’s third national championship participant on the track. The sophomore, who won the 3,000m steeplechase title at the conference championships, clocked a personal-best 8:47.78. By finishing 12th, he registered the final spot to earn a trip to Eugene, Ore., site of the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
“Edwin did most of the work for heat three in the steeplechase race,” Cowper added. “He was rewarded with a personal best and trip to his first national championship.”
Teammate Mattias Wolter didn’t fare as well. The senior, who finished sixth at last year’s national championships in the 3,000m steeplechase and notched the second-fastest time in the region early in the year, was limited throughout the outdoor season due to injury. Despite battling back, he missed the cut off and finished 29th in the race.
“It was a tough night for Mattias coming back off of his injury in April,” Cowper said. “He doesn’t finish his career the way we had hoped, but it has been a great four years with him.”
Freshman Chanel Krause, who has compiled one of the best seasons in the pole vault in recent school history, just narrowly missed advancing in the event.
The Mobile, Ala., native tied her school record of 4.15m/13-7.25 in an extremely competitive environment, but tied for 13th and missed the cut off to qualify for the NCAA Championships. She cleared her first three attempts on the initial try.
“Chanel did a tremendous job of holding her composure through a long weather delay,” Cowper said. “She finished one place away from advancing, but there are big things in her future. She was fearless on the runway today.”
The Cardinals also had two groups of throwers in action on Friday. Brad Vivace led the men’s contingent with a 17th-place finish in the hammer throw, while Emmonnie Henderson had the top finish on the women’s side with a 19th-place showing in the discus.
Louisville returns to action for the final day of the meet on Saturday, beginning with the men’s discus at noon at Hodges Stadium.
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NCAA EAST PRELIMINARY ROUNDS (JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - HODGES STADIUM)
Friday, May 30
Women’s Pole Vault Preliminaries
13. Chanel Krause - 4.15m/13-7.25
Men’s 110m Hurdles Preliminaries
28. Calvin Arsenault - 14.13 (wind: 0.6)
Men’s 400m Hurdles Semifinals
5. Calvin Arsenault - 50.75
Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase Preliminaries
21. Benadate Cheruiyot - 10:24.22