TAMPA, Fla. – Calvin Arsenault’s 400m hurdles title highlighted University of Louisville track and field team’s final day at the AAC Outdoor Championships on Sunday in Tampa, Fla.
Arsenault compiled one of the best men’s sprints performances on the day in recent school history. After finishing with runner-up in the men’s 110m hurdles, the junior doubled back and captured the 400m hurdles title in nearly half a second faster than the runner-up.
A Kitchener, Ontario, native, Arsenault’s 400m hurdles title is the first at an outdoor conference championship since Tommy LaPaille captured the crown at the 1981 Metro Conference Championships. Overall, it’s the first league men’s outdoor hurdles title since Monty Farrell placed first in the 110m hurdles at the 1994 Metro Conference Championship.
The Cardinals received a solid performance in the women’s discus from dual-sport freshman Emmonnie Henderson. Despite taking part in just her fifth collegiate meet, she finished second in the event with a throw of 49.61m/162-9. Dolly Nyemah notched a collegiate best to take fourth, and Hannah Baker picked up one point with an eighth-place showing.
Louisville’s group in the men’s discus was just as successful, led by Steve Wade’s third-place finish. The sophomore logged a throw of 51.39m/168-7 on his fourth attempt, leading the pack, before two marks on the sixth throw passed him. Freshman Codie Hamsley placed fifth in the competition, and Andrew Nelson added to the team’s point total by taking sixth.
Louisville’s 4x100m women’s relay contingent clocked a season-best time of 46.70 in the event. Taylor Bradley helped the Cardinals make a move on the third leg, and Kayla Tyson’s sprint down the final straight-away secured the win in their heat, placing fifth overall.
The men’s 4x100m relay finished sixth.
In the middle-distance events, Louisville secured scoring positions on both the men’s and women’s side in the 1,500m.
Benadate Cheruiyot ran to a personal-best time of 4:31.60, placing fourth in the 1,500m. In the following race, Andrew Stewart placed sixth in the men’s race and Jonathan Reynolds took eighth.
Before Arsenault’s first career outdoor title, Alexis Murry and Gwen Shaw placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 400m hurdles. Both set personal-best marks in the meet.
In the final team standings, the Louisville men placed fourth and the Cardinals’ women’s squad finished fifth. Through the three-day competition, Arsenault (400m hurdles), Tyler Byrne (5,000m), Ernest Kibet (10,000m), and Edwin Kibichiy (3,000m steeplechase) each collected crowns in their respective events.
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AAC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (TAMPA, FLA. – USF TRACK AND FIELD STADIUM)
Sunday, May 4
Men’s Pole Vault
13. Kevin Jackson – 4.63m/15-2.25
3. Steve Wade – 51.39m/168-7
5. Codie Hamsley – 48.49m/159-1
6. Andrew Nelson – 47.59m/156-2
13. Trevor Troutman – 44.43m/145-9
Women’s 4x100m Relay
5. Louisville ‘A’ (B. Brown, A. Murry, T. Bradley, K. Tyson) – 46.70
Men’s 4x100m Relay
6. Louisville ‘A’ (J. Parrish, M. Thompson, A. Keys, J. Brown) – 41.68
Women’s 1,500m Final
4. Benadate Cheruiyot – 4:31.60
Men’s 1,500m Final
6. Andrew Stewart – 3:56.89
8. Jonathan Reynolds – 3:58.01
2. Emmonnie Henderson – 49.61m/162-9
4. Dolly Nyemah – 49.39m/162-0
8. Hannah Baker – 46.96m/154-1
11. Rachel Serafin – 43.71m/143-5
Women’s High Jump
t-7. Maggie Gilbertson – 1.65m/5-5
Kelsie Courtney – NH
Men’s 110m Hurdles Final
2. Calvin Arsenault – 14.07 (wind: -1.6)
Women’s 400m Hurdles Final
6. Alexis Murry – 1:01.32
7. Gwen Shaw – 1:01.54
Men’s 400m Hurdles Final
1. Calvin Arsenault – 52.02
Women’s 4x400m Relay
9. Louisville ‘A’ (R. Norris, T. Bradley, L. Frazier, K. Tyson) – 3:51.94
Men’s Team Standings (top five)
1. Houston, 156.50; 2. Memphis, 14; 3. Connecticut, 144; 4. LOUISVILLE, 113; 5. USF, 82
Women’s Team Standings (top five)
1. SMU, 153.20; 2. UCF, 138.60; 3. Connecticut, 111.60; 4. Houston, 111.20; 5. LOUISVILLE, 77.80