Khadija Abdullah qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the shot put, with a mark that ranks No. 5 nationally.
Jan. 25, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's first regular national indoor team computer rankings, the University of Louisville women's track and field team earned the No. 21 ranking, the New Orleans-based organization announced Tuesday.
Through three meets this season, the Cardinal women already have witnessed two athletes - D'Ana McCarty and Khadija Abdullah - post NCAA automatic qualifying marks to compete at the national indoor championships. The two throwers reached the marks in the season-opener, the Fast Start Invitational on Dec. 3. McCarty, the defending two-time national weight throw champion, opened the year with a toss of 22.21m/72-10.5 in the event, surpassing the 21.00m/68-10.75 minimum. Abdullah qualified in the shot put, registering a 16.96m/55-7.75 mark. It currently ranks fifth nationally.
In addition to McCarty (shot put and weight throw) and Abdullah (shot put), five other Cardinal women have top-50 marks in their respective events: Charachesicia Lockhart (long jump and triple jump), Megan Schubert (high jump), Chinwe Okoro (shot put), Amashi Kendall (shot put), Patrice Gates (weight throw) and the 4x400m relay team.
Louisville, one of four BIG EAST schools to have a women's squad ranked in the Top 25 nationally, returns to action on Friday, Jan. 28, at the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky. The two-day event will be held at E.J. Nutter Field House.
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