Dec. 5, 2008
CARBONDALE, Ill. -
The University of Louisville's men and women's track and field teams opened the 2008-09 indoor season in impressive fashion with six event titles, two NCAA Championship provisional qualifiers and a school record on Friday at the Fast Start Invitational hosted by Southern Illinois University.
Leading the way for the Cardinals women team was Central Arizona College transfer, Saravia Richardson. Richardson, a junior from Moreno Valley, Calif., won the preliminaries and set the school record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.57. She posted a time of 7.61 in the finals to take third overall.
D'Ana McCarty finished first for the Cards in the weight throw with a throw of 67-00.50, the second best in school history. She finished over six feet ahead of the second-place finisher and earned a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. McCarty also finished second in the shot put with a throw of 49-03.00 behind freshman Khadija Abdullah who made an impressive debut winning the shot put title in her first collegiate meet with a throw of 50-11.00, earning an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
Junior Rachel Gehret picked up right where she left off last season by winning the high jump with a jump of 5-08.00. Teammate Brittany Hotaling tied for second-place clearing 5-04.25.
The women's team posted yet another first-place finish with junior Theresa Lewis winning both the preliminary and the final in the 60-meter hurdles with times of 8.53 (U of L fourth all-time) and 8.60, respectively. Joining the first-place finishers was junior Kat Alcorn who won the mile in 5:09.89, seven seconds ahead of the next runner. Freshman Keisha Lockhart finished second in the triple jump with a jump of 40-05.00, while fellow freshman Shane Mullany-Banks finished third in the 600-meter with a time of 1:40.06. The women's 4x400m relay team (Richardson, Kierstan Kirkland, Mullany-Banks, Lockhart) posted a third-place finish with a time of 4:01.18.
On the men's side, two-time All-American junior Tone Belt
won the long jump with a jump of 24-01.00. He also finished second in the high jump clearing 6-10.25. It was a good start to the year for Belt who sat out last season due to a medical redshirt.
Meanwhile, sophomore Kyle Gann finished third in the pole vault clearing 15-01.00, while teammate and fellow sophomore Chris Wolfe finished third in the 800-meters with a time of 1:55.78.
The Cards will have a little over a month to prepare for their next meet on Jan. 10 at the Indiana Open in Bloomington, Ind.
SIU Fast Start Invitational - Carbondale, Ill.
U of L Women's Individual Results
60m - Prelims
1 Richardson, Saravia 7.57q *
11 Lewis, Theresa 7.80q
19 Howard, Brittany 8.11
26 Hampton, Danielle 8.89
60m - Finals
3 Richardson, Saravia 7.61
60m Hurdles - Prelims
1 Lewis, Theresa 8.53q
6 Kirkland, Kierstan 9.07q
60m Hurdles - Finals
1 Lewis, Theresa 8.60
10 Kirkland, Kierstan 9.59
22 Mobley, Alexandra 27.07
27 Hampton, Danielle 28.92
17 Mobley, Alexandra 1:02.24
3 Mullany-Banks, Shane 1:40.06
8 Stokes, D'minia 1:47.13
1 Alcorn, Kat 5:09.89
1 Gehret, Rachel 1.73m/5-08.00
2 Hotaling, Brittany 1.63m/5-04.25
4 Schubert, Megan J1.63m/5-04.25
-- Pressley, Jenean NH
4 Gehret, Rachel 5.83m/19-01.504
6 Pressley, Jenean 5.65m/18-06.50
10 Howard, Brittany 5.42m/17-09.50
13 Lockhart, Keisha 5.29m/17-04.25
23 Amundson, Karen 4.60m/15-01.25
-- Omenyinma, Amaka FOUL
-- Forde, Seidre SCR
2 Lockhart, Keisha 12.32m/40-05.00
5 Omenyinma, Amaka 11.67m/38-03.50
7 Pressley, Jenean 11.59m/38-00.25
-- Forde, Seidre SCR
- Andrea Sabbatine SCR
- Megan Schubert SCR
1 Abdullah, Khadija 15.52mP/50-11.00
2 McCarty, D'Ana 15.01m/49-03.00
1 McCarty, D'Ana 20.43mP/67-00.50
U of L Men's Individual Results
34 Black, Andre 23.52
3 Wolfe, Chris 1:55.78
2 Belt, Tone J2.09m/6-10.25
-- Feinberg, Phil SCR
1 Belt, Tone 7.34m/24-01.00
8 Smith, Wesley 6.93m/22-09.00
-- Belt, Tone SCR
3 Gann, Kyle 4.60m/15-01.00
* = School record
P= NCAA Indoor qualifying mark