Jan. 23, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville track and field team is heading south to compete at the Vanderbilt Invitational this weekend at the school’s student recreation facility in Nashville, Tenn.
The Cardinals begin competition on Friday with the women’s high jump and long jump events at 6 p.m. ET. The distance medley and 5,000m are the only running events on the first day. The second day of action begins at noon on Saturday with the women’s shot put. Along with host Vanderbilt, Louisville is competing against teams that include Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Georgia.
Louisville, which is participating in its third indoor meet of the year, is looking to build off momentum from the Gene Edmonds Cup in which the team registered eight victories.
Sophomore Brittany Owens, who notched a pair of personal bests, currently holds the No. 18 ranking in the long jump and is 33rd in the country in the triple jump. She is scheduled to compete in the long jump on Friday, along with three others, including freshman Bre’Yana Wash, who is 43rd nationally in the discipline.
On the men’s side, Kevin Jackson (pole vault) and Guillaume Victorin (long jump) each won their respective disciplines in West Lafayette, Ind. Victorin, who was making his collegiate debut, achieved the second-best mark nationally with a leap of 7.48m/24-6.50 and is slated to compete at 8:30 p.m.
The men’s and women’s throwers are scheduled to take part in the weight throw on Friday and those participating in the shot put will compete on Saturday. Patrice Gates, one of four participating in the women’s weight throw, ranks No. 26 with a personal-best toss of 19.03m/62-5.25.
Saturday competition begins with the women’s shot put, where Rachel Serafin boasts the No. 44 ranking.
Shortly after noon, Louisville’s sprinters hit the track. Four women will take part in the 60m hurdles preliminaries, with the men following suit. Calvin Arsenault made his season debut at the last meet, registering a third-place finish in the event, while Alexis Murry took second in the finals. She ranks seventh in the American Athletic Conference in the event.
Louisville’s distance runners open competition with the mile near 1 p.m. Kelsey Cramsey is scheduled to run in the women’s section before Scott Anderson, Thomas Cave, Ryan Eaton, Ernest Kibet, and Mattias Wolter take part in the men’s race.
The last two field events of the day, consisting of the men’s triple jump and men’s shot put, feature a pair of Cardinals ranked in the top 25. Newcomer Ben Williams, who last competed in the season opener, has the second best triple jump mark in the country and is scheduled to participate in the event near 3 p.m. Brad Vivace, ranked 25th nationally in the shot put, leads a trio in the event at the same time.
Louisville concludes the meet with the men’s and women’s 3,000m seeded races and the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays.
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VANDERBILT INVITATIONAL (NASHVILLE, TENN. - LAMBERT FIELDHOUSE)
Friday, Jan. 24
Men’s/Women’s High Jump (concurrently, separate pits)
Kelsie Courtney, Maggie Gilbertson
Men’s Pole Vault, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25
Women’s 60m Preliminaries, 12:55 a.m.
Women’s Mile, 1:25 p.m.
Women’s 60m Final, 2:20 p.m. (contingent upon advancing)
Men’s Triple Jump, 3 p.m.
Women’s 800m, 3:20 p.m.
Men’s 800m, 3:35 p.m.
Men’s 3,000m (seeded), 4:45 p.m.