Nov. 27, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Entering his ninth season at the helm of the University of Louisville track and field program, head coach Ron Mann released the Cardinals' indoor and outdoor schedules, highlighted by three home meets, Tuesday afternoon.
The Cardinals concluded last season with strong performances at the conference and national meets, as the Louisville women claimed their fifth-straight BIG EAST outdoor title, becoming the first squad to achieve the feat in league history. Mann and his staff garnered BIG EAST Women's Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year accolades, while returning thrower Amashi Kendall was tabbed BIG EAST Female Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Louisville women secured seven All-America awards.
Louisville opens the indoor season in early December, participating in the Hoosier Open on Dec. 7 on the campus of Indiana University in the Gladstein Fieldhouse.
After more than a month-long break, the Cardinals return to action for the Kentucky Invitational on Jan. 12 in Nutter Fieldhouse. Last year, Louisville recorded 12 top-five finishes, with eight Cardinals posting BIG EAST qualifying marks.
"After opening the indoor season at the Hoosier Open, we'll travel to UK Invitational, which gives us an opportunity to compete on a 300m track, similar to what we'll have at the Spire Center for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships," Mann said. "We'll have a few more looks during the indoor season at oversized tracks to help us prepare for the conference meet."
Later that month on Jan. 25-26, the Cardinals will split squads, with one group heading north to the Indiana Relays and other traveling east to the Rod McCravy Memorial on Kentucky's campus.
Following the Meyo Invitational at the University of Notre Dame from Feb. 1-2, Louisville has two-week idle period to prepare for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio, at the SPIRE Institute from Feb. 16-17. The venue also serves as site of the Big Ten Championships and the NAIA Indoor National Championships.
The indoor season concludes with the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships taking place on March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark., at Randal Tyson Track.
Louisville quickly returns to action to start the outdoor season, beginning with its annual spring break trip. As opposed to last year, when the squad traveled to Tampa, Fla., this year's group ventures to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the three-day Shamrock Invitational on the campus of Coastal Carolina University from March 13-16.
"For the outdoor season, we open at the Shamrock Invitational, which is our spring break trip this year," Mann said. "The real new add to our schedule is the Auburn Tiger Classic. We've been invited to that and that will be an opportunity for our jumpers, sprinters, and throwers to face some quality competition and reach some regional- and national-level marks."
After trips to the Vanderbilt Black and Gold meet and the Stanford Invitational, a meet specifically for distance runners, the Cardinals travel to Auburn, Ala., for the Tiger Track Classic on April 5-6.
In mid-April, Louisville will play host to its first outdoor meet of the season in the fourth annual Border Battle, which pits Team Commonwealth (Louisville and Kentucky) against Hoosierland (Notre Dame and Indiana), on April 13. Hoosierland has won the last two meets after Team Commonwealth won the inaugural battle.
Less than a week later on April 19, the Cardinals play host to the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational, as student-athletes from Central Michigan, Southeast Missouri, and East Tennessee State descend on Louisville. The Cardinals won 19 event titles last season, including victories from Calvin Arsenault (110m hurdles), Taylor Caldwell (high jump) and Sam Bombaugh (hammer throw).
"The Border Battle is a very competitive meet that continues to feature two schools from Indiana - Notre Dame and Indiana - and two schools from the Commonwealth - Louisville and Kentucky. For the Lenny Lyles meet, we've added a new school in East Tennessee. Coach George Watts, who took over that program this year, we wanted to offer him an opportunity to come to this meet."
The next event on the schedule, the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, is set for May 3-5 on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J. The Cardinal women will be in search of their sixth-straight conference championship at the Bauer Track and Field Complex.
Following a last-chance meet at home, the Cardinal Twilight, athletes qualifying for postseason competition will participate in the NCAA Division I Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C., on the campus of North Carolina A&T University from May 23-25.
The pinnacle of the outdoor season, the NCAA Division Outdoor Championships, will be held in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field from June 5-8. The four-day event will be hosted by the University of Oregon.
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|2012-13 Indoor Schedule
||Rod McCravy Memorial
||South Bend, Ind.
||BIG EAST Indoor Championships
||NCAA Indoor Championships
|2013 Outdoor Schedule
||Myrtle Beach, S.C.
||Vanderbilt Black and Gold
||Tiger Track Classic
||Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational
||BIG EAST Outdoor Championships
||NCAA East Preliminary Rounds
||NCAA Outdoor Championships