May 22, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The University of Louisville men's and women's track and field teams are ready for the weekend ahead to compete in Greensboro, N.C. against heavy competition in hopes of advancing to the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships. The regional is one of two qualifying meets for the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships that will be held on June 9-12 in Eugene, Ore.
Louisville has tied the school record and will send 23 athletes, including 13 men and 10 women, to the competition which consistently features some of the deepest fields of nationally ranked athletes from the eastern part of the U.S. The meet will commence at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the field events, and will conclude each day at around 10 p.m. ET on the track.
Leading the way for the women is junior D'Ana McCarty who has qualified in the shot put, discus and the hammer throw. Senior Jere' Summers has qualified with her national leading throw in the discus and her seventh-best mark in the hammer throw. Senior Lindsey Cook qualified in the hammer throw as well as freshman Michelle Theophille in the high jump. Senior Amaka Omenyinma and sophomore Keisha Lockhart have both qualified in the long jump.
Rounding out the list of qualifiers on the women's side are senior Theresa Lewis (100m hurdles), sophomore Khadija Abdulla (shot put), freshman Amashi Kendall (shot put) and freshman Chelsea Brown (400m Hurdles).
On the men's side, the Cards have two bids apiece from seniors Tone Belt (long jump, high jump) and Andre Black (triple jump, long jump). Senior Steven Hnat (shot put) owns the country's fourth best mark, while junior Matt Hughes currently holds the nation's fifth fastest time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Others that have earned regional marks include senior Michael Johnson, Jr.
(triple jump), juniors Matt Bruce
(10,000m), Michael Eaton
(10,000m), Weston Banks
(shot put), Josh Greenwald
(discus) and Neil Angermeier
(high jump); sophomore Wesley Smith
(long jump) and freshman Howard Shepard III
The next stop for the Cards will be in two weeks at the 2010 NCAA Championships on June 9-12 in Eugene, Ore.