LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville track and field’s Mattias Wolter was the first Cardinal to punch their ticket to the national championships with his overall first-place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase late Friday night at the NCAA Division I Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C.
The junior improved upon his previous career-best mark by more than two seconds, clocking a winning time of 8:41.29 to secure a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. Wolter won his heat along with claiming the best overall time to earn the title of NCAA East Preliminary champion.
Wolter becomes Louisville’s second steeplechaser in just three years to win a preliminary title, with fellow Canadian Matt Hughes first accomplishing it in Bloomington in 2011.
Michelle Kinsella nearly earned her second-straight bid to the outdoor championships, but fell just outside of the top 12 in the high jump. Easily one of the top jumpers in the country, Kinsella cleared 1.77m/5-9.75 to take 13th overall. The Whitby, Ontario, native won three of her high jump competitions this season and caps her year with a BIG EAST indoor title and indoor All-America honors in the event.
Sprinters Margret Harris and Calvin Arsenault also saw their respective seasons come to a close on Friday.
Harris, who placed 20th in the 100m quarterfinals, ends her career as one of the program’s top sprinters. She reached the preliminary rounds for the first time in her tenure, clocking a school-record 11.48 in the 100m on Thursday. During the indoor season, the senior won her first career BIG EAST title with a victory in the 60m and earned all-conference honors on four occasions throughout her time as a Cardinal.
Arsenault, only a sophomore, placed 22nd overall in the 400m hurdles quarterfinal. He advanced past the first round of the 400m hurdles after racing to a school-best 51.74 in the event on Thursday. Arsenault concludes his season by becoming the first male in program history to advance to the quarterfinals in the sprints events.
Louisville wraps up its time in Greensboro at the preliminary rounds on Saturday with three field events, two of are throwing competitions.
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NCAA EAST PRELIMINARY ROUNDS (MAY 23-25 – GREENSBORO, N.C.)
Friday, May 24
Women’s Hammer Throw First Round
29. Patrice Gates – 54.12m/177-7
Men’s Shot Put First Round
31. Brad Vivace – 16.69m/54-9.25
Women’s High Jump First Round
13. Michelle Kinsella – 1.77m/5-9.75
Women’s 100m Quarterfinal
20. Margret Harris – 11.54 (wind: +3.9)
Men’s 400m Hurdles Quarterfinal
22. Calvin Arsenault – 53.31
Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase Quarterfinal
45. Benadate Cheruiyot – 10:47.05
Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase Quarterfinal
1. Mattias Wolter – 8:41.29Q