GENEVA, Ohio – Junior Sam Bombaugh secured his first career weight throw title, and the University of Louisville track and field teams finished the first day of competition at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio, with the men and women in the top five of their respective team standings.
A Falmouth, Mass., native, Bombaugh registered a winning throw of 19.99m/65-7 for his first BIG EAST crown. His opening throw of the event would have given him the victory, but he ensured the win by hitting his season best twice to distance himself from the group. His 10-point contribution is a major reason for Louisville’s tie for second place in the team race. Vivace added to the team’s point total with a seventh-place finish in the event.
Amashi Kendall nearly followed Bombaugh’s lead in the women’s competition. After a toss of 19.19m/62-11.50 on her third attempt, Kendall held the lead until the final round, before Connecticut’s Victoria Flowers scored a winning mark of 21.34m/70-0.25. Along with Kendall’s runner-up showing, Patrice Gates’ fourth-place finish earned the women’s team 13 points in the event.
One of the team’s top freshmen performances on the women’s side came from Brittany Owens. Competing in her first conference championship, the Boise, Idaho, native took seventh in the long jump. In the men’s competition, Jeron Brown improved his season best by nearly foot and took sixth.
Louisville’s sprints’ group received a pair of star-studded performances.
Competing in three different events on Saturday, Margret Harris advanced to the finals in two of them. With the top mark in the BIG EAST and the 21st-fastest time in the country in the 60m, Harris showed little trouble taking first overall in the event. She clocked a time of 7.40, just shy of her personal-best 7.38. Later in the day, she placed sixth in the 200m to qualify for the finals.
For the second-straight year, sophomore Calvin Arsenault had a strong showing in the 60m hurdles trials. After breaking the 20-year-old record in the event earlier this year, Arsenault had a clean race and placed second overall with a time of 7.97. He is scheduled to race in the finals on Saturday at 11:50 a.m.
Also earning points on the track were freshman Ernest Kibet and the men’s distance medley squad. Kibet, who continued to impress since his strong cross country season, finished third in the 5,000m among a strongly contested field. The men’s DMR, consisting of Andrew Stewart, Marcellus Hobbs, Evan Hibbs, and Luke Lovelace ran to a sixth-place finish in the final event of the day.
The Cardinals return to action on Sunday, the final day of competition, at 11:15 a.m. in the SPIRE Institute.
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BIG EAST INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (GENEVA, OHIO – SPIRE INSTITUTE)
Saturday, Feb. 16
Men’s 60m Hurdles Trials
2. Calvin Arsenault – 7.97Q
Women’s 60m Trials
1. Margret Harris – 7.40Q
Men’s Weight Throw
1. Sam Bombaugh – 19.99m/65-7
7. Brad Vivace – 17.89m/58-8.50
9. Sebastian Lenz – 17.42m/57-2
15. Nils Westrich – 15.98m/52-5.25
Women’s Long Jump
7. Brittany Owens – 5.69m/18-8
13. Hannah Cox – 5.47m/17-11.50
16. Margret Harris – 5.43m/17-9.75
18. Kim Cardeiro – 5.28m/17-4
Men’s 500m Trials
9. Marcus Motill – 1:04.78
Men’s Pole Vault
8. Jacob Sebastian – 4.65m/15-3
Kevin Jackson – NH
Women’s 400m Trials
14. Chelsea Brown – 57.34
Men’s 400m Trials
14. Marcellus Hobbs – 49.06
Women’s 200m Trials
6. Margret Harris – 24.27q
Men’s 200m Trials
17. Antoine Keys – 22.30
Women’s Weight Throw
2. Amashi Kendall – 19.19m/62-11.50
4. Patrice Gates – 18.79m/61-7.75
15. Rachel Serafin – 16.42m/53-10.50
18. Hannah Baker – 15.86m/52-0.50
Men’s Long Jump
6. Jeron Brown – 7.10m/23-3.50
Women’s 1,000m Trials
14. Michelle Molodynia – 2:57.48
Women’s 800m Trials
9. Kelsey Cramsey – 2:10.96
14. Jordan Diaz – 2:14.97
3. Ernest Kibet – 14:21.06
11. Mattias Wolter – 14:32.85
15. Tyler Byrne – 14:50.27
Women’s Distance Medley Relay
10. Louisville ‘A’ (M. Molodynia, C. Brown, K. Cramsey, M. Frigo) – 11:55.74
Men’s Distance Medley Relay
6. Louisville ‘A’ (A. Stewart, M. Hobbs, E. Hibbs, L. Lovelace) – 9:53.69