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Track and Field Produces Four Champions on Final Day of BIG EAST Championships

Calvin Arsenault took third in the 60m hurdles finals with a school-record time.

Calvin Arsenault took third in the 60m hurdles finals with a school-record time.

Feb. 17, 2013

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GENEVA, Ohio - The University of Louisville track and field teams' final day at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships was nothing short of record setting.

Sunday produced four individual BIG EAST champions, five school records and two new conference meet standards.

Sam Bombaugh became the first male athlete in school history to win both throwing titles at the conference's indoor championships. Behind a career best of more than three feet in the shot put, Bombaugh's bomb landed 17.42m/57-2 to give him his second victory of the meet and lead the Cardinals' 1-2-3 finish in the event. At the end of the day, he was named the school's second BIG EAST Indoor Men's Field Athlete of the Meet (Tone Belt, 2007).

On Saturday, the Falmouth, Mass., native secured the weight throw title for his first career BIG EAST crown. The last Cardinal to win the event on the men's side was Andrew Hackney in 2009.

Notably, Bombaugh became the first athlete in the BIG EAST's existence, which dates back to 1980, to win the shot put and weight throw titles in the same meet.

Also in the throwing events, Khadija Abdullah captured her third-straight indoor shot put title. With the victory, she became the first in conference history to win three-consecutive shot put titles since Syracuse's Patrina Thomas won three from 1986-88. Leading a 1-3-4 finish, Abdullah registered a school-record toss and BIG EAST meet record of 17.06m/55-11.75 for the win. Kendall, who placed second in the weight throw on Saturday, finished third in the shot put.

Fans at the SPIRE Institute witnessed another historic performance from the Cardinals. Michelle Kinsella entered the meet ranked first in the conference and tied for eighth nationally in the high jump after clearing a school-record 1.85m/6-0.75 earlier this year. The Whitby, Ontario, native also was undefeated in the event this season, winning all four competitions.

After clearing 1.84m/6-0.50 on her third attempt at the meet, she re-broke her school record and then set the conference meet mark by jumping over the bar at 1.88m/6-2 on just her second try. Now a career best, the height is tied for fifth nationally. The BIG EAST standard went untouched since 2007, when Cincinnati's Renee Hein set it at 1.85m/6-0.75.

On the men's side, Chrisjaan Smith set a season best in the high jump and was the lone freshman to finish in the top eight. The Indianapolis, Ind., native took third by leaping over the bar at 2.12m/6-11.50 on his third attempt.

On the track, Margret Harris compiled arguably the best two-event sprint performance. To open the day, the senior won the school's first 60m BIG EAST title after clocking a winning time of 7.46. The victory was the first of her career at the BIG EAST Championships. Later in the day, she took third in the 200m final after a strong close down the final stretch. By winning the 60m title, Harris became the school's first champion in the event.

In the 60m hurdles, sophomore Calvin Arsenault re-broke his school record to finish third behind a time of 7.90. The mark is tied for 35th nationally. He also ran the anchor leg on the 4x400m relays that finished seventh and set the school record that was recorded in 2006.

In the distance events, Ernest Kibet continued the momentum from his third-place showing in the 5,000m on Saturday by placing seventh in the 3,000m.

Toward the end of the day, the women's quartet of Michelle Molodynia, Maria Frigo, Jordan Diaz, and Kelsey Cramsey broke the 4x800m relay school record by nearly 13 seconds with a time of 8:59.71.

Louisville likely will send a selected number of student-athletes to a final chance meet over the course of the next couple of weeks before traveling to the NCAA Indoor Championships from March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Sunday, Feb. 17

Men's Shot Put
1. Sam Bombaugh - 17.42m/57-2
2. Brad Vivace - 17.00m/55-9.25
3. Steve Wade - 16.88m/55-4.75
9. Isaac Bowling - 15.66m/51-4.50

Women's Shot Put
1. Khadija Abdullah - 17.06m/55-11.75
3. Amashi Kendall - 16.22m/53-2.75
4. Liberty Slinden - 15.54m/51-0
15. Rachel Serafin - 12.61m/41-4.50

Women's High Jump
1. Michelle Kinsella - 1.88m/6-2

Men's 60m Hurdles Final
3. Calvin Arsenault - 7.90

Women's Pole Vault
t-11. Chelsea Bingham - 3.60m/11-9.75

Women's 60m Final
1. Margret Harris - 7.46

Men's High Jump
3. Chrisjaan Smith - 2.12m/6-11.50

Women's 200m Final
3. Margret Harris - 24.05

Men's 3,000m
7. Ernest Kibet - 8:12.80
17. Luke Lovelace - 8:25.62
23. Tyler Byrne - 8:36.04

Women's 4x800m Relay
6. Louisville `A' (M. Molodynia, M. Frigo, J. Diaz, K. Cramsey) - 8:59.71

Men's 4x800m Relay
10. Louisville `A' (A. Stewart, M. Wolter, M. Motill, E. Hibbs) - 7:44.24

Men's 4x400m Relay
7. Louisville `A' (A. Keys, M. Hobbs, J. Brown, C. Arsenault) - 3:15.12

Team Scores - Men

  1. Connecticut (142)
  2. Notre Dame (105.5)
  3. USF (89)
  4. Villanova (82)
  5. Louisville (65)
  6. Pittsburgh (60)
  7. Syracuse (60)
  8. Georgetown (56)
  9. Providence (42)
  10. Rutgers (40.5)
  11. Marquette (22)
  12. DePaul (15)

Team Scores - Women

  1. Notre Dame (141)
  2. Connecticut (109)
  3. Villanova (98.5)
  4. USF (84.5)
  5. Georgetown (74)
  6. Louisville (65)
  7. Pittsburgh (50)
  8. Cincinnati (39)
  9. Syracuse (30)
  10. Rutgers (25)
  11. Providence (21)
  12. St. John's (21)
  13. Marquette (14)
  14. DePaul (8)



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