Patrice Gates ranks 20th nationally in the weight throw.
Feb. 13, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville track and field teams are competing in their final indoor regular-season meet this weekend, participating in the Hoosier Hills Invitational in the Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Ind.
Louisville begins competition at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, and action continues on Saturday should the team’s sprinters advance to their respective finals. Along with host Indiana, Louisville will be competing against teams such as Cincinnati, Indiana State, and Kentucky.
The Cardinals open the meet at Indiana with a pair of field events in the women’s long jump and men’s weight throw.
Brittany Owens registered a personal best in the long jump, leaping 6.11m/20-0.50 to hold the best mark in the AAC and the 26th-best jump nationally. Bre’Yana Wash, one of the other student-athletes taking part in the long jump, ranks fifth in the AAC.
In the weight throw, Sam Bombaugh and Brad Vivace rank first and fifth, respectively. The women’s section of the event starts at 7:30 p.m., led by conference leader Patrice Gates. The senior recorded a personal-best throw of 20.26m/66-5.75, which ranks 20th nationally, at the Indiana Relays.
Following the men’s and women’s hurdles, Chanel Krause and Chelsea Bingham take part in the women’s pole vault. Under the tutelage of new assistant Brooke Demo, the women’s group has flourished. A freshman, Krause cleared the second-best height in school history at 3.95m/12-11.50 at the Indiana Relays, while Bingham achieved a personal best of 3.82m/12-6.25 last week.
Later in the day, a trio of men’s throwers participate in the shot put at 7 p.m. Vivace has a league-best throw of 18.18m/59-7.75.
Following the men’s 800m, Kelsey Cramsey is one of two taking part in the women’s 600m. She nearly eclipsed the school record in the 800m last week, clocking a time of 2:10.42. Her mark was just two tenths of a second shy of the 2010 mark set by Kat Alcorn.
Toward the end of the meet, Tyler Byrne and Stacey Eden make their season debut in the 3,000m at 9:50 p.m. During the cross country season, Byrne won the AAC conference title and became the school’s third All-American after taking 29th at the NCAA Championships.
The first day of action for Louisville concludes with three relays: the women’s and men’s distance medley relays and the women’s 4x400m relay. At the Meyo Invitational last weekend, Louisville’s quartet of Emily Bushey, Taylor Bradley, Cramsey, and Maria Frigo set the school record in the DMR with a time of 11:47.61. That time is currently the best in the conference.
Louisville’s postseason competition begins on Feb. 28 with the American Athletic Conference Championships in New York, N.Y. Louisville boasts 23 marks that rank in the top five in the AAC.
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HOOSIER HILLS (BLOOMINGTON, IND. - GLADSTEIN FIELDHOUSE)
Friday, Feb. 14
Women’s 60m Semifinals, 5:40 p.m.
Women’s Mile, 6:30 p.m.
Men’s High Jump, 6:45 p.m.
Women’s Triple Jump, 9 p.m.
Men’s 200m, 9:05 p.m.
Women’s Distance Medley Relay, 10:15 p.m.
Louisville ‘A’ (A. Gennocro, M. Molodynia, J. Diaz, B. Cheruiyot)
Men’s Distance Medley Relay, 10:30 p.m.
Louisville ‘A’ (T. Cave, R. Eaton, E. Kibet, A. Stewart)
Women’s 4x400m Relay, 10:45 p.m.
Louisville ‘A’ (L. Frazier, R. Norris, K. Cramsey, E. Bushey)
Saturday, Feb. 15
Men’s 60m Hurdles Final, 10:35 a.m. (contingent upon advancing)
Women’s 60m Final, 10:40 a.m. (contingent upon advancing)