Mattias Wolter has the second-fastest time in the region in the 3,000m steeplechase.
May 28, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville track and field’s 21 student-athletes are taking their next step toward advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships with the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Rounds this week in Jacksonville, Fla.
The event runs from Thursday through Saturday and will be held on the campus of the University of North Florida at Hodges Stadium. Live results can be accessed through FlashResults.com.
Each individual event group in Jacksonville will consist of 48 athletes, with 24 teams in each of the relays. The top-12 individuals in each event from Jacksonville and the 12 in each event from Fayetteville, Ark., - site of the West Preliminary Rounds - will comprise the 24 athlete and relay team fields that will compete at Oregon University’s Hayward Field from June 11-14 at the NCAA Championships.
Louisville opens the first day of competition with the women’s hammer throw at noon, followed by the men’s 400m hurdles preliminaries, and then the women’s javelin. The Cardinals conclude competition with the women’s long jump and men’s 10,000m.
With Rachel Serafin being added to the mix in the women’s hammer throw, the Cardinals boast four in the afternoon competition. Patrice Gates leads the pack, ranking 26th in the region with a toss of 58.16m/190-10. She finished runner-up in the event at the AAC Championships.
Calvin Arsenault, Louisville’s lone sprinter at the meet, is scheduled to take part in the men’s 400m hurdles at 4:30 p.m. Should Arsenault advance, he is slated to run in the semifinals on Friday evening. The junior also qualified in the men’s 110m hurdles, which begin with the preliminaries on Friday and continue with the semifinals on Saturday.
The Kitchener, Ontario, native boasts top-25 rankings in the region in both events. He captured the 400m hurdles crown in a school-record time of 51.63 at the AAC Outdoor Championships, his second conference title of the year.
The distance duo of Ernest Kibet and Tyler Byrne close the day in the 10,000m, where they rank 27th and 29th, respectively in the region, at 9 p.m. Kibet won the league’s 10,000m title, while Byrne finished runner-up in the race before winning the 5,000m crown.
On Friday, Sam Bombaugh headlines a group of three in the men’s hammer throw at 10 a.m. The senior captured All-America honors in the discipline last season. He currently boasts the 20th-best toss in the region. Brad Vivace and Nils Westrich also hold top-30 marks in the event.
Freshman Chanel Krause then takes part in the women’s pole vault at noon. The school-record holder in the event at 4.15m/13-7.25 has the second-best mark of any freshman in the region.
After the women’s discus, which features Emmonnie Henderson and Dolly Nyemah, and the men’s hurdles races, the meet showcases the men’s and women’s steeplechase competitions. Henderson was runner-up in the discus at the AAC Championships.
All-American Mattias Wolter, who has the second-fastest 3,000m steeplechase time, and Edwin Kibichiy are slated to run at 8:50 p.m. Wolter, who placed first at the 2013 preliminary meet in Greensboro, N.C., placed sixth at last year’s national championships. Kibichiy, the 2014 conference champion, ran a collegiate-best 8:55.93 at the conference meet.
Louisville wraps up the meet on Saturday with three events: the men’s discus; women’s shot put; and men’s 110m hurdles semifinals, should Arsenault advance.
Sophomore Steve Wade is making his second appearance at the meet after qualifying last year. Both he and freshman Codie Hamsley, who are participating in the men’s discus, finished third and fourth, respectively, in the event at the conference championships.
In the women’s shot put, Liberty Slinden ranks 21st in the region behind a collegiate-best 16.00m/52-6. Slinden, who qualified for the meet last year in the discipline, finished runner-up in the event at the league championships. Henderson also will be competing in the shot put, her second event of the meet.
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NCAA EAST PRELIMINARY ROUNDS (JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - HODGES STADIUM)
Thursday, May 29
Men’s 400m Hurdles Preliminaries, 4:30 p.m.
Women’s Javelin Preliminaries, 5:30 p.m.
Women’s Long Jump Preliminaries, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 30
Women’s Pole Vault Preliminaries, Noon
Men’s 110m Hurdles Preliminaries, 5 p.m.
Men’s 400m Hurdles Semifinals, 7:30 p.m. (contingent upon advancing)
Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase Preliminaries, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Men’s 110m Hurdles Semifinals, 7:05 p.m. (contingent upon advancing)