March 24, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The University of Louisville track and field teams registered five victories on the first day of the Alabama Relays on Friday at the Sam Bailey Track & Field Complex on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Throwers Sam Bombaugh (hammer throw) and Chinwe Okoro (discus) each registered wins in their respective events behind career-best marks. Bombaugh had a toss of 60.27m/197-9 for his first outdoor win of the season. Okoro, who was an All-American in the event last year, took first with a throw of 54.26m/178-0, more than 12 feet beyond her previous personal best.
Louisville received notable field performances from Patrice Gates (fifth in the hammer throw), Amashi Kendall (fourth in the discus), Brad Vivace (third in the hammer throw), Megan Schubert (fourth in the high jump), Michelle Theophille (fifth in the high jump), Wesley Smith (second in the long jump) and Isaac Bowling (third in the discus).
Louisville's other victories came from Jordon Frazier, Charachesicia Lockhart and the women's sprint medley relay team.
Frazier clocked a time of 53.42 in the 400m hurdles to place first in a field of 17 runners. Teammate Calvin Arsenault
, competing in his first collegiate outdoor event, raced to a fifth-place finish.
Lockhart's recorded her first-place jump of 5.99m/19-8 on her third attempt. She outpaced her nearest competition by almost a foot. The Dallas, Texas, native also was part of the sprint medley relay team that took first behind a school-record time of 4:00.29. The mark shatters the previous school record by more than nine seconds.
The sprints group also received top-five finishes from Gabrielle Jackson, who took third in 400m hurdles, Michelle Theophille and Randi Norris, who placed third and fifth, respectively, in the 400m, and Marcellus Hobbs, who had a third-place showing in the 400m.
On the distance side, Luke Lovelace was the Cardinals' lone top-five placewinner, as he took third in the 5,000m with a time of 14:37.39.
The Cardinals added to their BIG EAST Outdoor Championships total with 16 qualifying marks on Friday.
Louisville returns to action on Saturday, March 24, for day two of the Alabama Relays at the Sam Bailey Track & Field Complex, starting at 2 p.m.
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ALABAMA RELAYS (TUSCALOOSA, ALA. - SAM BAILEY TRACK & FIELD COMPLEX)
Friday, March 23
Women's Hammer Throw
5. Patrice Gates - 52.60m/172-7 #
6. Hannah Baker - 52.07m/170-10 #
Men's Hammer Throw
1. Sam Bombaugh - 60.27m/197-9 #
3. Brad Vivace - 50.26m/164-10 #
Men's Pole Vault
Kevin Jackson - NH
Women's 4x200m Relay
6. Louisville `A' (D. Horne, R. Norris, K. Cardeiro, G. Jackson) - 1:50.23
Women's 400m Hurdles
3. Gabrielle Jackson - 1:02.69 #
Women's High Jump
4. Megan Schubert - 1.75m/5-8.75 #
5. Michelle Theophille - 1.75m/5-8.75 #
8. Maggie Gilbertson - 1.65m/5-5
Men's 400m Hurdles
1. Jordon Frazier - 53.42 #
5. Calvin Arsenault - 55.22 #
Men's Long Jump
2. Wesley Smith - 7.25m/23-9.50 (wind: 1.9) #
Women's Long Jump
1. Charachesicia Lockhart - 5.99m/19-8 (wind: 0.3) #
Kim Cardeiro - Foul
3. Michelle Theophille - 58.36
5. Randi Norris - 59.05
3. Marcellus Hobbs - 49.41
12. Emmanuel Matadi - 51.40
1. Chinwe Okoro - 54.26m/178-0 #
4. Amashi Kendall - 45.11m/148-0 #
7. Hannah Baker - 41.78m/137-1 #
3. Isaac Bowling - 47.04m/154-4 #
Women's Sprint Medley
1. Louisville `A' (H. Bruno, C. Lockhart, A. Spencer, J. Diaz) - 4:00.29
13. Ariel Briggs - 18:06.72
14. Cassie Martin - 18:19.89
3. Luke Lovelace - 14:37.39 #
6. Mattias Wolter - 14:47.37
9. Gordon Dooley - 15:08.02
# denotes BIG EAST qualifying mark