Cardinals Open Outdoor Season at LSU Relays This Weekend

The LSU Relays will feature top talent from throughout the nation.

The LSU Relays will feature top talent from throughout the nation.

March 25, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's and women's track and field teams will open the 2010 outdoor season when they travel to Baton Rouge, LA. for the LSU Relays on March 26-27 held at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

The season-opening meet will feature a host of the top teams in the nation. U of L will have 36 athletes competing at the event.

"What we want to do at the LSU Relays is give the opportunity to see the athletes they are going to see at the regional meet that will get them into the nationals. We want to be at a high level of competition to start off the season so we can put the bar real high to get ready to go for the outdoor season" said U of L head coach Ron Mann.

The Cardinals will begin their 10-week, 9-meet season on Friday, which includes stops at the Mike Poehlein Invitational, Penn Relays, BIG EAST Championships and finally at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 9-12 in Eugene, Ore. The Cardinals will host three meets this season at Cardinal Park starting with the Border Battle "Kentuckiana" on April 10. The Cards will then hold the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational on April 16 followed by the Cardinal Twilight on May 14.

"We are really excited to host a number of outdoor competitions. That is something we really wanted to bring to Louisville," said Mann. "It is going to be a great outdoor season for spectators to watch.

Mann made hosting home meets one of his top priorities when he took over the reigns of the Cardinal track and field program. With one of the finest track facilities in the region and nation, Louisville has risen to the forefront when it comes to hosting premiere events.

Louisville concluded their indoor season two weeks ago at the 2010 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. as six athletes competed.

The Cardinal women earned their highest team finish in program history (Tied for 21st) with 10 points and were led by junior D'Ana McCarty who repeated as NCAA Champion with her win in the weight throw. McCarty won the event with a school record mark of 74-08.25 (22.76m) which broke her previous record of 74-00.25 (22.56m) which she set with her win at this year's BIG EAST Championships to gain the top overall mark on the NCAA descending order list. The Indianapolis, Ind. native has lost only once in the event during the last two season's en route to earning All-American status for the second-straight year, the fifth time in women's program history.



Senior Saravia Richardson finished 13th in the prelims of the 60-m with a time of 7.39, while senior Jere' Summers fouled in the weight throw and finished 16th with a toss of 51-05.50 (15.68m) in the shot put to round out the women's competitors.

On the men's side, senior Tone Belt earned his sixth and seventh All-America Awards by finishing sixth in the high jump clearing 7-02.25 (2.19m) and placing 8th in the long jump as he leaped 25-04.00 (7.72m). Senior Andre Black finished 9th in the triple jump with a leap of 51-10.50 (15.81m) and also earned his fourth All-America award.

The Cards will return to action on April 2-3 as athletes will compete at the Mike Poehlein Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.

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