Maggie Gilbertson takes part in the high jump at the Meyo Invitational on Friday.
Feb. 6, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - With the regular season winding down, University of Louisville track and field is splitting squads this weekend to give its student-athletes more opportunities to position themselves in the conference and national descending order lists.
Louisville is sending seven to compete at the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio, while 48 are heading to the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Both meets begin on Friday, Feb. 7, and finish on Saturday.
At the Akron Invitational, three of the Cardinals’ pole vaulters - Chelsea Bingham, Chanel Krause, and Kevin Jackson - are scheduled to compete on Friday at 4 p.m. On that day, multi-event athletes Marcus Motill, Brianne Brown, Kim Cardeiro, and Hannah Cox also are scheduled to participate in their respective events. Motill is set to run the 60m at 5 p.m., while the women’s contingent runs the 60m hurdles at 5:15 p.m.
Last week, Krause cleared the second-best height in the pole vault in school history. The Mobile, Ala., native went over the bar at 3.95m/12-11.50, which ranks third in the conference and is the best mark among any freshman in the AAC.
Motill, Brown, Cardeiro, and Cox continue action on Saturday.
At the Meyo Invitational, a majority of Louisville’s field event competitors are scheduled to compete on Friday. Among those in action are Brittany Owens and Guillaume Victorin in their respective long jump events, weight throw conference leaders Patrice Gates and Sam Bombaugh, and Kelsie Courtney and Maggie Gilbertson in the high jump.
Following the field events, Louisville’s sprinters take to the track at 5 p.m. with the 60m hurdles and 60m trials. Sophomore Calvin Arsenault ran a season-best 7.96 in the 60m hurdles at the Indiana Relays, which ranks in the top 50.
Freshman Jermaine Parrish, who runs at 6:10 p.m. in the 60m, has the sixth-fastest time in the conference. He produced a season-best 6.90 in early January to rank near the top of the conference.
The Cardinals’ distance runners also participate on Friday, with Ernest Kibet, Edwin Kibichiy, and Japhet Kipkoech slated to run in the 5,000m. The first day concludes with the women’s distance medley relay and the women’s 5,000m.
Saturday’s action begins with the Cardinals’ women’s distance group followed by the men’s and women’s shot put.
Shortly before 1 p.m., Kelsey Cramsey is scheduled to run in the 800m, an event where she ranks second in the AAC after racing to a time of 2:12.41 last week.
Louisville has five women competing in the 200m before Ben Williams takes part in the triple jump. Not only does he rank first in the conference, but his jump of 15.96m/52-4.50 ranks sixth nationally. He has competed in two triple jump competitions this year, winning both and earning AAC league honors twice.
Action comes to a close Saturday with the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays, where the Cardinals rank in the top six in both events.
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AKRON INVITATIONAL (AKRON, OHIO - STILE ATHLETICS FIELD HOUSE)
Friday, Feb. 7
Men’s Blue Pole Vault, Following
Men’s 60m Heptathlon, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8
Men’s 60m Hurdles Heptathlon, 11:30 a.m.
MEYO INVITATIONAL (SOUTH BEND, IND. - LOFTUS SPORTS CENTER)
Friday, Feb. 7
Women’s Long Jump, 4 p.m.
Brittany Owens, Bre’Yana Wash
Women’s 60m Hurdles Trials, 5 p.m.
Men’s 60m Hurdles Trials, 5:25 p.m.
Women’s 60m Trials, 5:50 p.m.
Men’s 60m Trials, 6:10 p.m.
Women’s 60m Hurdles Semifinals, 7:50 p.m. (contingent upon advancing)
Men’s 60m Hurdles Semifinals, 7:55 p.m. (contingent upon advancing)
Women’s 60m Semifinals, 8 p.m. (contingent upon advancing)
Men’s 60m Semifinals, 8:05 p.m. (contingent upon advancing)
Women’s Distance Medley Relay, 8:10 p.m.
Louisville ‘A’ (E. Bushey, K. Cramsey, L. Frazier, M. Frigo)
Saturday, Feb. 8
Women’s Triple Jump, 11 a.m.
Women’s 800m, 12:50 p.m.
Men’s Triple Jump Invitational, 2 p.m.
Women’s 60m Hurdles Finals, 2:50 p.m. (contingent upon advancing)
Men’s 60m Hurdles Finals, 2:55 p.m. (contingent upon advancing)
Women’s 60m Finals, 3:20 p.m. (contingent upon advancing)
Men’s 60m Finals, 3:25 p.m. (contingent upon advancing)
Women’s 4x400m Relay, 4:50 p.m.
Louisville ‘A’ (T. Bradley, L. Frazier, A. Murry, R. Norris, K. Tyson)
Men’s 4x400m Relay, 5:10 p.m.
Louisville ‘A’ (C. Arsenault, J. Brown, A. Keys, J. Parrish, A. Stewart)