PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Mattias Wolter won his first career BIG EAST title, and the men’s throws group captured another event crown to lead the University of Louisville track and field teams on the second day of the 2013 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.
Brad Vivace secured the shot put title on his final throw of the finals, overtaking Connecticut’s Eric Masington for the victory. Vivace registered a career-best mark of 17.53m/57-6.25, earning 10 of Louisville’s 23 points in the event. Freshman Steve Wade also earned all-BIG EAST honors with a third-place showing, and Isaac Bowling (fifth) and Sam Bombaugh (sixth) finishing in scoring positions as well.
Louisville’s second event title of the day came courtesy of Wolter, who won his first career BIG EAST title. Carrying on the tradition of top steeplechasers in the country over the last few years, Wolter won the 3,000m steeplechase title in 8:51.46. He beat his closest competition by nearly seven seconds and, after separating himself from the pack at the start, never once had a lead less than 20 meters.
For the women’s throwing event finals, Amashi Kendall took second in the women’s shot put behind a throw of 15.97m/52-4.75. Along with Liberty Slinden’s fourth-place finish, the 13 combined points helped Louisville maintain a fourth-place position in the team standings.
The Cardinals’ women’s team also earned points in the long jump event, with Brittany Owens leaping to a sixth-place finish. The freshman recorded a wind-aided mark of 6.00m/19-8.25, only one-and-a-half inches behind the fifth-place finisher.
On the track, newcomer Benadate Cheruiyot ran to a fifth-place finish in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase behind a six second personal best of 10:45.92. Both Margret Harris and Calvin Arsenault advanced out of their trial races to each qualify for a pair of finals on Sunday. Senior Luke Lovelace earned a spot in the 1,500m finals after taking 11th overall in the race.
Harris took second in her heat in the 100m, fourth overall with a wind-aided time of 11.52, to move on in the event, and then finished second in her heat in the 200m, seventh overall, to reach the finals of the event. Arsenault, likewise, took second in the 110m hurdles, fifth overall, to move in to Sunday’s final before noon. He breezed to first in his heat in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.25, taking the second overall spot for the finals.
Louisville finished the day with the men’s and women’s 10,000m events. Tyler Byrne scored a fourth-place finish with a collegiate-best 29:46.08, giving Louisville an additional five points as it ended the second day with a second-place total of 57.
The final day of competition commences on Sunday, beginning with the men’s pole vault and discus events at 10 a.m. The meet is scheduled to wrap up at 3 p.m. with the awards ceremony.
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BIG EAST OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (PISCATAWAY, N.J. – BAUER TRACK & FIELD COMPLEX)
Saturday, May 4
Men’s Shot Put
1. Brad Vivace – 17.53m/57-6.25
3. Steve Wade – 16.61m/54-6
5. Isaac Bowling – 16.01m/52-6.50
6. Sam Bombaugh – 15.58m/51-1.50
Women’s Long Jump
6. Brittany Owens – 6.00m/19-8.25 (wind: 2.7)
10. Kim Cardeiro – 5.75m/18-10.50 (wind: 3.0)
14. Hannah Cox – 5.70m/18-8.50 (wind: 2.9)
20. Margret Harris – 5.30m/17-4.75 (wind: 2.2)
10. Katie Wimpari – 38.67m/126-10
Women’s Pole Vault
13. Chelsea Bingham – 3.50m/11-5.75
Women’s Shot Put
2. Amashi Kendall – 15.97m/52-4.75
4. Liberty Slinden – 15.09m/49-6.25
10. Patrice Gates – 13.45m/44-1.50
Women’s 1,500m Trials
15. Michelle Molodynia – 4:33.15
Men’s 1,500m Trials
11. Luke Lovelace – 3:54.47q
Men’s Long Jump
13. Jeron Brown – 6.89m/22-7.25 (wind: 2.2)
Men’s 110m Hurdles Trials
5. Calvin Arsenault – 14.10q (wind: 3.1)
Men’s 400m Trials
14. Marcus Motill – 48.66
21. Marcellus Hobbs – 49.66
Women’s 100m Trials
4. Margret Harris – 11.52q (wind: 3.4)
Men’s 100m Trials
13. Antoine Keys – 10.91 (wind: 2.5)
14. Michael Thompson – 10.94 (wind: 3.0)
Women’s 800m Trials
11. Kelsey Cramsey – 2:11.97
Women’s 400m Hurdles Trials
17. Chelsea Brown – 1:05.95
Men’s 400m Hurdles Trials
2. Calvin Arsenault – 51.90Q
Men’s High Jump
Chrisjaan Smith – NH
Women’s 200m Trials
7. Margret Harris – 23.82q (wind: 4.1)
Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase
5. Benadate Cheruiyot – 10:45.92
9. Cassie Martin – 11:18.16
11. Megan Klein – 11:43.64
Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase
1. Mattias Wolter – 8:51.46
12. Agnes Chepchumba – 36:02.37
4. Tyler Byrne – 29:46.08
18. Japhet Kipkoech – 31:07.53