June 25, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Three University of Louisville track and field athletes - two former and one current - competed at their respective country's national championships this week, with each placing in the top 10 in their respective events.
Former track standout and two-time national champion Matt Hughes competed late Friday at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase. Hughes entered the meet with the No. 1 overall seed at 8:24.87. The Oshawa, Ontario, native led for a majority of the way despite racing in higher altitude and heavier wind conditions, but the first-place finisher, Alex Genest, won the event in the final 400m. Hughes finished second in 8:58.05. In order to qualify for the IAAF World Championships for Team Canada, Hughes needs to hit the `B' Standard just one more time or achieve the `A' Standard.
Michael Edwards, who finished his redshirt-sophomore campaign this season by winning the BIG EAST outdoor high jump title, was competing on Saturday at the England U-23 & U-20 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the event. Edwards cleared a career-best 2.18m/7-1.75 to finish second. Previously, his personal-best mark was 2.13m/6-11.75.
Rachel Gehret wrapped up her collegiate career by earning first team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after recording a career-best mark of 1.83m/6-0. Competing at the USA Track and Field Championships on Friday, the Altoona, Pa., native soared over the bar at 1.78m/5-10 to tie for ninth.
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USA TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS (JUNE 23-26 | EUGENE, ORE.)
Women's High Jump
t-9. Rachel Gehret - 1.78m/5-10
CANADIAN TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS (JUNE 22-25 | CALGARY, ALBERTA)
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase
2. Matt Hughes - 8:58.05
ENGLAND U-23 & U-20 TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS (JUNE 25-26 | BEDFORD, ENGLAND)
Under-23 Men's High Jump
2. Michael Edwards - 2.18m/7-1.75