June 24, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -
University of Louisville sophomore Andre Black overcame tough weather conditions to finish as the top collegiate entry and earn a career best seventh-place finish overall in Sunday's triple jump final at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium.
Black, a native of Mobile, Ala., and the 2007 NCAA indoor triple jump champion, earned a mark of 52 feet, 3.25 inches, on his third attempt in rainy and windy conditions to earn his best ever finish at the USA Outdoor Championships. The 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships is the most pivotal track & field meet in the country in 2007 as the results from this weekend's events will be used to determine Team USA for the upcoming World Championships.
Reigning 2007 USA indoor triple jump champion and former NCAA champion Aarik Wilson won Sunday's triple jump title with a leap of 55-11.75 on his fourth attempt. The top three finishers from Sunday's event will represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships on Aug. 24-Sept. 2 in Osaka, Japan.
Black completed a highly successful sophomore season for the Cards earlier this month with a runner-up finish in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento to lead the U of L men to a school record seventh-place team finish overall. Overall in 2007, Black became the Cards' second NCAA event champion at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March and won three more BIG EAST event titles (indoor triple, outdoor triple, outdoor long) taking his career total to five in just two seasons as a Cardinal.
On Friday night, U of L sophomore Tone Belt suffered a knee injury on his third and final attempt in the long jump competition at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. After narrowly fouling on his first two attempts, Belt, the 2007 NCAA indoor long jump champion, hyperextended his left knee while landing on his third and final attempt. A full diagnosis of Belt's injury is expected on Monday following an MRI test in Louisville.