Jan. 5, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The University of Louisville track and field teams, coming off successful 2011 campaigns that saw one national champion, 12 All-America distinctions and two conference titles, open their 2012 seasons on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the one-day Indiana Open in Bloomington, Ind., hosted by Indiana University at the Gladstein Fieldhouse.
Field events begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and the track events commence at 11:10 a.m. Live results for the meet can be found online at www.IUHoosiers.com.
"This is an opportunity for all of our athletes to compete to get the season started, and the facility is similar to what we will see at the BIG EAST Conference Championships and the national championships," head coach Ron Mann says, entering his eighth season at Louisville. "The indoor season will go very quickly and we will continue to build off this."
Headlining the group of Cardinal women returnees is Khadija Abdullah, who captured the BIG EAST indoor shot put title and earned All-America honors in the event. Charachesicia Lockhart is another returnee who won a BIG EAST individual title last season, as she took the long jump crown.
As a unit, the Louisville women won their first BIG EAST indoor title in program history with 110 points after a strong showing from the quartet of Ahlivia Spencer, Chelsea Brown, Lockhart and Margret Harris - all returnees - in the 4x400m relay.
On the men's side, the Cardinals return All-American long jumper Wesley Smith. Along with placing at nationals in the event, Smith won the BIG EAST indoor long jump title. Prior to the national championships, his personal-best mark of 7.82m/25-8 ranked 12th nationally. Michael Edwards, another field event returnee, will be competing in the high jump. He placed second in the event at the BIG EAST Championships and had the 17th-best mark (2.19m/7-2.25) prior to the NCAA Championships.
Collectively, the men placed fourth at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships last season, with Smith and former Cardinal Neil Angermeier
winning event titles.
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY OPEN (JANUARY 7 - BLOOMINGTON, IND.)
Women's Weight Throw, 11 a.m.
Hannah Baker, Patrice Gates, Amashi Kendall
Women's Long Jump
Kim Cardeiro, Margret Harris, Gabrielle Jackson, Charachesicia Lockhart
Men's Long Jump
Taylor Caldwell, Wesley Smith
Women's Pole Vault
Men's Weight Throw, 12 p.m.
Sam Bombaugh, Brad Vivace
Women's Triple Jump
Maggie Gilbertson, Charachesicia Lockhart, Malina Simmers
Women's High Jump, 12:20 p.m.
Kim Cardeiro, Maggie Gilbertson, Megan Schubert, Michelle Theophille
Men's Pole Vault, 12:30 p.m.
Men's Triple Jump
Seon Powell, Wesley Smith
Women's Shot Put, 1 p.m.
Khadija Abdullah, Patrice Gates, Amashi Kendall, Jenna Wargo
Men's High Jump, 1:20 p.m.
Taylor Caldwell, Michael Edwards
Men's Shot Put, 1:45 p.m.
Sam Bombaugh, Isaac Bowling, Brad Vivace
Men's 60m semifinal (top two places and next four times advance), 11:10 a.m.
Women's 60m Hurdles, 11:35 a.m.
Kim Cardeiro, Gabrielle Jackson
Men's 60m Hurdles, 11:40 a.m.
Women's 60m, 11:45 a.m.
Margret Harris, Charachesicia Lockhart
Men's 60m final (contingent upon advancing), 11:50 a.m.
Women's Mile, 12:20 p.m.
Madie Davidson, Maria Frigo, Cassie Martin, Ariel Briggs, Kacey Cox
Men's Mile, 12:30 p.m.
Gordon Dooley, Luke Lovelace
Women's 500m, 12:40 p.m.
Hadassah Bruno, Jordan Diaz, Ahlivia Spencer, Randi Norris
Men's 500m, 12:50 p.m.
William Bell, Jordon Frazier, Seon Powell
Women's 1,000m, 1 p.m.
Paige Dooley, Michelle Molodynia
Men's 1,000m, 1:10 p.m.
Men's 300m, 1:35 p.m.
Marcellus Hobbs, Seon Powell
Men's 3,000m, 1:45 p.m.
Gordon Dooley, Luke Lovelace
Women's 4x400m Relay, 2 p.m.
Margret Harris, Hadassah Bruno, Jordan Diaz, Charachesicia Lockhart, Randi Norris, Gabrielle Jackson, Michelle Theophille, Ahlivia Spencer
Men's 4x400m Relay, 2:15 p.m.
Jordon Frazier, Marcellus Hobbs, William Bell, Calvin Arsenault (Wesley Smith, alternate)