Dec. 8, 2007
The University of Louisville men's and women's track and field teams opened the indoor season with four event titles, three NCAA Championships qualifiers and three school records Friday at Southern Illinois University's Fast Start Invitational at the SIU Recreational Center.
Leading the way for the Cardinal women were juniors Seidre Forde and Jere' Summers who each earned NCAA qualifying marks with school record setting performances. Forde, a native of Green's St. George, Barbados, was the top collegiate jumper and second overall in the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, 11.75 inches shattering her own previous school record mark of 41-00.50 set last season.
Summers, a native of Oakland, Calif., and a transfer from Cal State Northridge, won the shot put with a school record setting and NCAA qualifying mark of 53-03.00. In her first ever meet with the Cards, Summers shattered the previous shot put school record of 50-04.50 set by ZeNai Savage at last season's Kentucky Invitational.
Joining Forde and Summers as a school record setter on Friday was sophomore Amaka Omenyinma with her second-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 19-06.25 breaking the previous school record of 19-01.25 set by Aajah Showell at the SIU Fast Start in 2005.
Also winning event titles for the Cardinal women on Friday was sophomore Kat Alcorn in the mile run with a time of 5:11.38, while senior Christine Krellwitz and sophomore Rachel Gehret each cleared a career best 5-08.75 to tie for the high jump title.
Leading the way for the Cardinal men on Friday was junior Rudon Bastian who earned an NCAA qualifying mark en route to winning his first career long jump title with a career best leap of 25-06.00.
Up next, the Cards will have a break for the holidays before returning to action at the Indiana Open on Jan. 12 in Bloomington, Ind.