LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville track and field’s Ben Williams seemingly gets better with each jump in his first year with the Cardinals. The sophomore registered a top-five mark in the triple jump to lead Louisville on Saturday in the final day of competition at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind.
Williams, who already ranks in the top-10 nationally in the triple jump, scored a win on Saturday with a leap of 16.00m/52-6. The jump ranks as the fifth-best distance in school history – the top four belong to national champion Tone Belt – and the second-best performance. It’s the first time a Louisville jumper has surpassed the 16.00m plateau since 2010.
The Newcastle, United Kingdom, native has won all three triple jump competitions this year and continues his firm grasp of the top spot in the conference.
Sophomore Kelsey Cramsey also fell just shy of breaking a school record. With a solid pace, she took sixth in a competitive 800m and raced to a time of 2:10.42. The mark ranks second in the AAC and is just one tenth of a second shy of tying Kat Alcorn’s 2010 record of 2:10.22.
“Cramsey did a terrific job in the 800m,” head coach Dale Cowper said. “The goal was for her to go out and take a shot at Kat Alcorn’s school record and she came real close to breaking it.”
Benadate Cheruiyot also recorded a win at the Meyo Invitational, taking first in the 3,000m. After clocking a time of 10:02.43 at the Vanderbilt Invitational near the end of January, the sophomore improved her career-best time to 9:51.70 at the Loftus Sports Center. Teammate Michelle Molodynia also finished in the top 10, placing eighth with a personal best of 9:57.59.
Chelsea Bingham, who has been solid in the pole vault this season, took sixth in the event at the Akron Invitational behind the sixth-best mark in school history. The sophomore, who set personal bests twice this season in the pole vault, improved upon that mark Saturday by clearing the bar at 3.82m/12-6.25 to rank in the top 10 in the AAC.
In addition to Cheruiyot, four other Louisville runners had notable performances at the Meyo Invitational.
Andrew Stewart and Mattias Wolter placed inside the top 10 in the mile, each recording personal bests. Stewart clocked a time of 4:10.39, which currently ranks atop the conference, and Wolter ran to a time of 4:11.14. Sprinters Taylor Bradley (400m) and Calvin Arsenault (60m hurdles) each placed in the top five in their respective events.
“We had some good things from both squads today,” Cowper said. “Andrew Stewart and Mattias Wolter move to the front of the conference in the mile, and the women’s quarter-mile group made considerable improvement.”
In the throwing events, Brad Vivace and Liberty Slinden each registered fourth-place showings in the shot put at the Meyo Invitational. Vivace currently has the top throw in the league, while Slinden is second in the event in the AAC.
Louisville returns to action in a week, splitting squads for the second-consecutive weekend. A group is slated to head to the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., while a majority of the team returns to Bloomington, Ind., for the Hoosier Hills meet. Both competitions begin on Friday, Feb. 14.
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AKRON INVITATIONAL (AKRON, OHIO – STILE ATHLETICS FIELD HOUSE)
Saturday, Feb. 8
Women’s Blue Pole Vault
t-6. Chelsea Bingham – 3.82m/12-6.25
Chanel Krause – NH
Men’s Gold Pole Vault
Kevin Jackson – NH
MEYO INVITATIONAL (SOUTH BEND, IND. – LOFTUS SPORTS CENTER)
Saturday, Feb. 8
1. Benadate Cheruiyot – 9:51.70
8. Michelle Molodynia – 9:57.59
15. Adair Gennocro – 10:11.62
24. Emily Bushey – 5:03.70
42. Maria Frigo – 5:11.37
Women’s Triple Jump
13. Brittany Owens – 11.68m/38-4
Women’s Shot Put
4. Liberty Slinden – 14.90m/48-10.75
7. Rachel Serafin – 14.39m/47-2.50
Men’s Shot Put
4. Brad Vivace – 16.80m/55-1.50
7. Isaac Bowling – 16.32m/53-6.50
Steve Wade – FOUL
6. Kelsey Cramsey – 2:10.42
4. Andrew Stewart – 4:10.39
9. Mattias Wolter – 4:11.14
27. Thomas Cave – 4:19.67
t-4. Taylor Bradley – 56.66
29. Randi Norris – 57.78
32. La’Bianca Frazier – 58.10
29. Antoine Keys – 50.03
33. Jeron Brown – 50.61
9. Bre’Yana Wash – 25.38
14. Alexis Murry – 25.48
27. Kayla Tyson – 25.72
29. Taylor Bradley – 25.82
41. La’Bianca Frazier – 26.49
Men’s Triple Jump Invitational
1. Ben Williams – 16.00m/52-6
21. Antoine Keys – 22.50
Men’s 60m Hurdles Finals
5. Calvin Arsenault – 8.05
Women’s 4x400m Relay
13. Louisville ‘A’ (T. Bradley, R. Norris, L. Frazier, A. Murry) – 3:50.86