February is coming to an end and the weather is warming up. This is a sign that Outdoor Track and Field is on the horizon and the end of Indoor season is near. The University of Louisville and University of Kentucky both competed respectably in their Indoor Conference Championships.
The University of Louisville headed to Geneva, Ohio to compete in the Big East Championships at the SPIRE Institute venue. Heading into the meet the Cards held 16 marks that ranked in the top 5 in the Big East. The Men finished 5th out of 12 and UConn took the crown in impressive fashion. The UofL women finished 6th out of 14 with Notre Dame taking the Championship.
Junior thrower Sam Bombaugh had a huge meet at the Championships. He became the first male athlete in school history to win both throwing titles at the Indoor Championships. He had support with his teammates Brad Vivace and Steve Wade finishing 2-3 behind him in Shot Put. Khadija Abdullah also came away with a Shot Put victory on the woman’s side. Michelle Kinsella continued her undefeated streak this season and won High Jump. Margret Harris also had an impressive day taking a victory in the 60m along with 3rd in the 200m. In the distance side of the events, Ernest Kibet was valuable for the men’s side. He placed 3rd in the 5k and came back the next day and finished 7th in the 3k. The Cards produced four Conference Champions and broke five school records. Over the next few weeks there will be a number of athletes trying to punch their tickets to the NCAA Indoor Championships located in Fayetteville, Arkansas on March 8th-9th.
The University of Kentucky was in action at the South Eastern Conference Championships this past weekend in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The UK woman finished 7th out of 14 and the men finished 10th out of 12. Arkansas won the team title for both the men and women.
The UK women were led by All American Cross Country distance runners Cally Macumber and Chelsea Oswald. Macumber accumulated 15 points for the team while winning the 3K title and coming back to place 4th in the Mile. Chelsea Oswald accumulated 9 hard fought points for the team with the tough 3K/5K double. Allison Peare also put up an impressive time in the 800m to finish 5th. The men were led by the victory of Louisville native Matt Hillenbrand in the Mile. He ran a personal best to take the SEC Mile Championship. Keffri Neal also scored 3 points while finishing 6th in the 800m. UK athletes will continue into their post season campaign to try to reach the National Championships.
The weather is getting warmer and Outdoor Track and Field is right around the corner. Look for both of these teams to blaze up the track this spring. Both teams will be hosting home track meets including the Border Classic at UofL when Kentucky teams face off against Indiana teams. This season should be an exciting one.