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Track star Brittany Owens jumps in front of competition

By Sam Draut

The University of Louisville track and field teams have wrapped up the regular season and head off to

the AAC Conference Championship, but not before Brittany Owens headlined the regular season.

Owens has been a stand out thus far, collecting two victories at the Meyo Invitational and the Hoosier

Hills Invitational in long jump.

The sophomore from Boise, Idaho registered a mark of 6.11 meters in the Meyo Invitational and 5.99

meters in the Hoosier Hills Invitational.

Her personal best of 6.11 meters is good for the top mark in the American Conference and ranks her

26th

 nationally.

After her impressive showing at the Meyo Invitational, Owens was named AAC Women’s Field Athlete of

the Week.

“I was honestly really shocked that I got it. I set my personal record which was nice and I won the Meyo

invitational with 20 feet and half an inch, so I was really happy and pleased with that, but I want more so

I am working for that,” Owens said.

Along with the long jump, Owens also competes in the triple jump, an event that she holds the American

Conference’s fourth best mark in.

“I love triple jump, but it is very hard on my ankles, coach doesn’t have me doing it as much, I’m hoping

to be on podium for that at conference, so I’m working for that too,” Owens said.

The AAC Indoor Conference Championship begins this Friday and runs through Saturday. Two weeks

later, on March 14 and 15 Nationals take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“I want to qualify for nationals. So, I’m just working towards getting those victories and hopefully

getting a victory at conference,” Owens said. “It is the top 16 marks in the country, so I would have to

jump a couple more inches to get that.”

Owens has begun to hit her stride after moving nearly 2,000 miles away from where she was the two-
time Idaho Girls Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year.

“It took a lot getting used to, there are a lot of different things coming into play when you go from high

school, so making that adjustment is probably the hardest part,” Owens said.

“It was definitely hard, not having a support system at first is hard,” Owens said. “But then you learn

you do have a support system with your team, your coaches, your friends and it makes the transition a

lot easier.”

During her freshman year, Owens competed in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, winning her first

outdoor event in the long jump at the Border Battle. She also opened her career at the Hoosier Open

with first place finishes in the long jump and triple jump.

Now in her second year, Owens progression has helped her to become a top contributor on the team.

“My freshman year I had a lot of problems with the board, I was fouling all of the time, on a very good

day I would jump a 19-foot-8,” Owens said. “Now I can consistently hit that no problem. It is nice to

know I can contribute to the team even on a bad day.”

And despite being so far away from home, Owens believes she found the right fit.

“I love this University, everyone is so supportive and not just for the big teams, but for everyone. It

really helps knowing you have a big family to support you along the way,” Owens said.

Owens will continue work towards her goals as she continues to star for the University of Louisville track

team.

“Going into conference, I want to come out with a win in long jump, I want to beat the school record,

I want to place in triple jump, and I want to qualify for nationals,” Owens said.

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Louisville track stars exceed top rankings and smash records

Junior Sam Bombaugh took first place in the weiht throw and the shot put. A performance that had him named the Big East Indoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Meet, the second Cardinal to ever win the award.

By Noah Allison–

At the Big East Indoor Track and Field Championships, Louisville had one of its finest showings in school history. Five school records were broken and four individuals took first in their events. The Cardinals had 18 top ten finishers in their respective events, and two conference records were broken.

Amidst all the success, throws coach Dale Cowper had his throwers launching U of L into Big East Championship dominance. Junior Sam Bombaugh and senior Khadija Abdullah took first place in the shot put. Bombaugh also took first in the weight throw making him the first male athlete in school history to win both throwing titles at the conference’s Indoor championships. He was also the first person in conference history to win both throwing events in the same meet. Furthermore, his performance led him to being just the second Cardinal to be named the Big East Indoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Meet.

“It was great to see Sam step up and really do a nice job,” Cowper said. “As a junior, he has had a couple of years under his belt. It didn’t necessarily go the way he desired in the last couple of years. And he’s just done a great job of working through things and getting better day-by-day. At the Indoor Big East Championships, he got a reward for that, and that shows a lot to his perseverance and character just the way he’s worked through it and really raised to the top of the Big East.”

n collegiate competition, the men’s weight for the weight throw is 35 pounds, which Bombaugh tossed 19.99 meters or about 65 feet. The shot put is 16 pounds, which Bombaugh threw 17.42 meters or about 57 feet.

Sam Bombaugh simply headlined the mainstream performance put on by the Louisville shot putters. Meanwhile, the men swept the Big East with Bombaugh placing first, red shirt sophomore Brad Vivace placing second and freshman Steve Wade placing third.

“In the shot put going into the meet, they were ranked three, four, five, and the guys went one, two, three for a clean sweep,” Cowper said. “We’ve done that a few times on the women’s side in the past in several events, but on the men’s side that was the first clean sweep of the medals and that was great for them. The guys were obviously excited and it certainly helps give our men’s team some momentum going into the outdoor season. Sam has a tremendous work ethic, certainly. He’s been grinding away for two and a half years now here. The group as a whole has a done a lot to push themselves and each other and really hold group accountability. It has been something that has been really great to watch with our young men’s group.”

Senior Khadija Abdullah took charge on the women’s side of the shot put competition at the championships by setting a personal best, conference best and Louisville best toss of 17.2 meters or about 56 feet. The returning All-American has won the Big East the past three years in a row. Senior Amashi Kendall came in third place and junior Liberty Slinden came in fourth place. Abdullah’s throw came in her last Big East competition and carried on the legacy of great Louisville shot putters.

“Before the meet I was very excited and I just thought all right. This is the last Big East and I want to go out with a bang and I want to make sure that I get as many points as possible for the team,” Abdullah said.

It was on her third throw that Abdullah came through with the toss she and Louisville was hoping for.

“I was really relaxed when I was warming up and that’s not usual. Usually, I’m pumped up and ready to go but for some reason I wasn’t, so that was weird. Then Coach Cowper asked me if I wanted to know what place I was in and I just said ‘No.’ I wasn’t interested in that, I just wanted to throw. I go check in and I’m the first thrower in the second flight and I’m never the first, I’m always the last or the second to last. So I was ready to go but I wasn’t ready to go, I had to turn it on,” Abdullah said. “I got in the ring and my first throw was good but it wasn’t great so Coach Cowper tweaked me on my toss. So I went back to focusing and warmed up, I wanted the next throw to go farther so I made sure to go faster, but it didn’t feel like I was going fast it felt like I was going slow, but it went further and I was like ‘I got this I got this.’ So I got to my third throw and Coach Cowper again tweaked up my technique a little bit. I threw and it slipped off my hand but it went further than my second throw, I got it but I didn’t feel confident about it. I heard them read off my mark and all I heard was the 17 and didn’t hear the next part because that was all I needed to win.”

Abdullah’s clutch event-winning toss set the precedent of championship tosses in the Big East. But had it not been for the great cast of people she was around to work with and the coach who was helping her form up until the last toss, she may not have had the grit or the know-how to win when it matters, but that is what being a Cardinal is all about.

Abdullah is ranked in the top ten of the nation and will be competing for the last time in the Nationals for a chance to bring ultimate glory to herself and U of L.

“I’m just focused on not overthinking it, not putting too much emphasis on ‘Oh nationals are coming up I have to do this and this’, I’m not trying to change my regiment. I lift weights on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the week; I have Wednesdays off. I don’t want to be overly ready for it, just prepared enough and have enough rest, make sure that my school course load is not keeping me nervous or anxious. I need to make sure that nothing is do for that week so that I can have a clear schedule to just focus, keep my mind straight for the meet and have fun. If it’s going to be the last one, make it the best one,” Abdullah said.

When members of a single event can dominate and build momentum for their team, it can spread through all of the field and the track events.

“The emotions in the field events are different; you have the opportunity if you’re at a high enough level to come out and in one attempt end the competition. You can put a performance out there that everyone else in the competition knows they cannot accomplish. It’s rare for student athletes to be able to do that, we’re fortunate that we’ve got a history of being able to do that. Then, it’s more about making the meet about who is going to win from Louisville. It doesn’t matter who is first, second, third to me, as long as we are first, second and third,” Cowper said.

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This week in sports 4.24.12

Baseball

- University of Louisville vs. University of Kentucky
Tuesday, April 24, 6 p.m.
Jim Patterson Stadium

- University of Louisville vs. University of Connecticut
Friday, April 27, 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m.
Jim Patterson Stadium

Softball

- University of Louisville vs. Indiana University
Wednesday, April 25, 2 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

- University of Louisville vs. Georgetown
Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Ulmer Stadium

Women’s Rowing

- University of Louisville vs. University of Tennessee
Sunday, April 29, all day
Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Men and Women’s Track

- Drake Relays
Thursday, April 26, all day
Friday, April 27, all day
Saturday, April 28, all day
Des Moines, IA

-Penn Relays
Thursday, April 26, all day
Friday, April 27, all day
Saturday, April 28, all day
Philadelphia, PA

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Track and field teams dominate home meet

By Sammie Hill–

On Friday, April 20, the track and field team hosted the fifth annual meet honoring the late duo of Lenny Lyles and Clark Wood. The University of Louisville track and field teams won 19 events and broke two school records at the invitational, held at Cardinal Park Track and Soccer Stadium.

Freshman runner Calvin Arsenault broke the 13-year-old school record in the 110 meter hurdles while senior thrower Chinwe Okoro shattered the other school record in the shot put field event; the mark ranks in the top 10 nationally.

The Cardinals won two other throwing events, with sophomore thrower Jenna Wargo in the women’s javelin and sophomore thrower Sam Bombaugh in the men’s hammer throw events.

Charachesicia Lockhart won the long jump with a distance of 20-08.

On the track, the men grabbed victories in the 400-meter hurdles, 800-meter hurdles, 1,500-meter hurdles and 3,000-meter steeplechase. Despite being a late entry, sophomore distance runner Mattias Wolter captured the steeplechase win, finishing 20 seconds before the runner-up.

Senior distance runner Holly Knight won the 1,500-meter race in the female track portion of the event. Junior sprinter Gabrielle Jackson earned first place in the 400-meter hurdles; she also contributed to a victory in the 4 by 100 meter and 4 by 400 meter relay races. Sophomore sprinter Ahlivia Spencer won her second consecutive event in the 800-meter race, finishing with the third fastest outdoor time in school history.

The University of Louisville track and field teams will compete in the Drake Relays on Thursday, April 26 in Des Moines, IA.

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While you were out. . .an update on cardinal sports


Baseball
-Ranked No. 15 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper preseason poll.
-Justin Amlung selected Third Team Preseason Louisville Slugger and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America teams.

Football
-A late comeback fell short as the Cardinals fell to North Carolina State, 31-24, in the Belk Bowl.
-Teddy Bridgewater was named a freshman All-American by CBSsports.com, Yahoo Sports, Sporting News and Fox Sports Next. He was also awarded Big East Freshman of the Year.
-Jake Smith was named to the Football Writers Association of America freshman Al-America Team.

Women’s Soccer
-Christine Exeter was named to the NSCAA Third Team All-America.
-The Cardinals were added to the College Team Academic Award list for the 12th consecutive season.

Swimming &
Diving

-FINA announced Gisselle Kohoyda as the No. 26 women’s 200M breaststroke swimmer in their world rankings.
-The men’s team was ranked No. 11 and the women No. 19 in the CSCAA National Rankings released on Dec. 8, 2011.

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Women’s Basketball
-Monique Reid will be out for the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in the Dec. 14 game vs. Cincinnati.
-Bria Smith was named the Big East freshman of the week on Jan. 9, 2012.
-The Cardinals have gone 7-2 since Dec. 10, 2011, with Big East wins over Cincinnati, Marquette and South Florida, and a tough overtime loss to Rutgers.
-As a reminder to all students, all the women’s basketball home games will be played in the KFC Yum! Center and tickets are free to students. Just show your student ID at the box office on game day and get a free ticket. General admission tickets are only $8 for adults and $5 for children 18 and under.

Men’s Basketball
-Since Dec. 17, 2011, the basketball team has posted a record of 7-4 with key wins over Memphis and St. John’s, and key loses from Kentucky, Notre Dame and Princeton.
-Peyton Siva announced as one of 20 finalists for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award.

Volleyball
-Lola Arslanbekova was named AVCA All-America Third Team.

Track & Field
-Former runner Michael Eaton competed in the Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston, Texas on Jan. 14.
-12 team members posted Top 5 finishes at the Kentucky Invitational with eight members earning their way into the Big East Indoor Championships.

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