Benadate Cheruiyot raced to the school's fifth-fastest 3,000m steeplechase mark.
April 13, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Margret Harris broke the school’s 400m record, and the University of Louisville track and field teams recorded eight wins at the Border Battle on Saturday at the Cardinal Park Track Stadium.
Louisville and Kentucky, which joined forces for the meet as Team Commonwealth, beat Hoosierland of Indiana and Notre Dame. The Commonwealth won on the men’s side 103-97 and 101-99 on the women’s side, marking its first win since the inaugural meeting in 2010.
Harris raced to a collegiate-best time of 53.93 to break the 2007 record of 55.0h held by Elisabeth Slettum. The time ranks in the top five in the conference and is a top-50 national mark.
Harris wasn’t the only Cardinal on the track to have an impact on the school’s record books.
Kelsey Cramsey and Benadate Cheruiyot each recorded top-10 showings in their respective events, while also racing to top-five school marks. Cramsey’s 2:09.68 in the 800m is the fifth-fastest time in school history in the event, while Cheruiyot’s mark of 10:51.17 in the 3,000m steeplechase also is No. 5 in the school’s annals.
Louisville’s quartet Marcus Motill, Marcellus Hobbs, Jeron Brown, and Antoine Keys closed the day in the 4x400m relays with a third-place showing. More importantly, the group’s time of 3:13.93 is the fourth-fastest mark in school history.
Also in the sprints, Calvin Arsenault sprinted to a legal 14.15 in the 110m hurdles for a third-place finish and the fifth-fastest time in school history. The Kitchener, Ontario, native also took third in the 400m hurdles.
Louisville’s other win on the track came from Tyler Byrne, whose sprint down the final straightaway earned him a victory in the 5,000m. He clocked a time of 14:24.14 in his season debut in the event and fastest mark since April 2011. Teammate Japhet Kipkoech took third in the event.
The Cardinals received three wins from their jumps group. Chrisjaan Smith posted a season-best mark of 2.14m/7-0.25 in the high jump, putting him into the top 35 nationally. Michelle Kinsella, who scored her first outdoor win of the year, cleared 1.81m/5-11.25 to take first in the women’s high jump. Brittany Owens took first in the long jump, leaping to a wind-aided 6.01m/19-8.75.
Lenz had a season-best throw of 59.77m/196-1 in the hammer, keeping Louisville’s 1-2-3 ranking intact in the conference. Sam Bombaugh, who has the top mark in the BIG EAST, finished second in the event on Saturday.
The Cardinals return to action on Friday, April 19, for the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational. The meet features host Louisville, Southeast Missouri, Central Michigan, and East Tennessee. Louisville’s second-straight home meet begins at 10:30 a.m. at the throws field. Field events in Cardinal Park begin at 11:30 a.m., and running events are slated to start at 3 p.m.
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BORDER BATTLE (CARDINAL PARK TRACK AND SOCCER STADIUM - LOUISVILLE, KY.)
Saturday, April 13
1. Katie Wimpari - 39.37m/129-2
Women’s Pole Vault
t-7. Chelsea Bingham - 3.43m/11-3
Women’s High Jump
1. Michelle Kinsella - 1.81m/5-11.25
4. Louisville ‘A’ (R. Davis, M. Thompson, A. Keys, J. Brown) - 42.08
11. Michelle Molodynia - 4:33.61
Men’s 110m Hurdles
3. Calvin Arsenault - 14.15 (wind: 1.5)
Women’s Triple Jump
5. Naadira Taylor - 10.93m/35-10.50 (wind: 2.6)
Men’s High Jump
1. Chrisjaan Smith - 2.14m/7-0.25
Men’s 400m Hurdles
3. Calvin Arsenault - 53.34
t-5. Chelsea Brown - 24.46 (wind: 1.6)
Men’s 4x400m Relays
3. Louisville ‘A’ (M. Motill, M. Hobbs, J. Brown, A. Keys) - 3:13.93