July 1, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports) By: Stephen Patrick
Not To Be Forgotten: UofL’s Track and Field
While most people have paid attention to the NBA draft, summer baseball, and the start of NFL training camps, the sport of track and field has been an afterthought for many. The University of Louisville lately has been in the forefront of a lot of people’s mind. The first full sports year of ACC play is closing up, and the Louisville Cardinals with one of the overall better sports programs in the country, has put together one of the best a track and field teams in the ACC this past year too.
Ben Williams and Edwin Kibichiy earned All-America honors in the triple jump and the 3,000m steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Williams finished a strong season with a fourth place finish in the triple jump. He finished with a personal best jump of 16.74m (54-11¼). The junior earned first team All-America honors with the fourth place finish.
Williams won the triple jump at the ACC Championship this past June. This was his first track meet at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Ben Williams performed better than some expected in his first NCAA Outdoor Championship. He was named first team All-American in the Outdoor and in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships were he had a third place finish. In the 3,000m he finished with a time of 8:43.78, improving two spots from his 11th place finish last season. Kibichiy won the ACC title in the 3,000m steeplechase with the third fastest time in the nation at 8:33.78. He also finished third in the event at the NCAA East Preliminary Round. This tops an impressive season by Kibichiy who also earned USTFCCCA All-American and all-region honors in cross-country.
The University of Louisville track and field team wrapped up a successful 2014-15 season in June at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Louisville’s inaugural season in the ACC was highlighted by five outdoor event titles. In all, 20 school records were broken during the year and seven Cardinals earned All-America honors.
The men were not the only ones who succeeded in the Championships. The female Cards also came to show their worth when it comes to the sport. Most notable Emmonnie Henderson earned first team All-America honors in the discus throw at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Henderson set a new school record with a personal best throw of 58.34m (191-5). Henderson won her flight with the throw and finished third overall. Henderson’s third place finish ties Kelly Bowman in the high jump and Jere’ summers in the hammer throw with the best outdoor finish for the women’s team. Henderson won the discus at the ACC Championships to earn All-ACC honors in the event. The sophomore has won the discus three times and finished in the top three five times this season. The track and field team has proved they are on par with other sports program the University has too other. The future is bright.
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