Friday, June 12, 2015
Henderson 16th in shot in Oregon -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
HENDERSON NAMED TO ALL-AMERICAN HONORS AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
With a throw of 15.93m (52-3) that was good for 16th. place in the NCAA Shot Put Championships, Emmonnie Henderson earned second place All-American honors Thursday night.
Her throw in the event was about four feet (or 2 meters) short of the personal best she tossed to win the ACC Championships. That 17.09m (56-1) effort would have got her seventh place yesterday...the top toss was 18.35m (60-2) by freshman Raven Saunders from Southern Illinois. ACC competitor Sarah Howard (UNC) finished 14th. with a 16.20m (53-1) throw. Henderson defeated Howard in the ACC Championships earlier this year.
20.59 is the best recorded toss on record...achieved by Nadzeya Ostapchuk in 2011.
For Chanel Krause, a bit of disappointment in failing to clear the bar in any of her pole vaulting attempts.
Henderson will take to the track again Saturday to compete in the finals of the discus toss. She's ranked 24th. of the 24 competitors...so winning this would truly be remarkable.
As you might expect, the ESPN and ESPNU coverage of the women's championships Thursday revolved around the running events and field events simply got shoved aside.
Our neighbors to the east (UK) had several runners qualify out of their heats to make the finals. UK had made significant strides in track and field. One has to hope the Cards can catch up here in the future. The dominance of LSU, Texas A&M, Clemson and Oregon over the years can be equated and compared to the upper echelon of UConn, Notre Dame, Stanford, Louisville and Maryland in women's college basketball.
It's a nice achievement two have two Cardinal athletes qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships...but one would hope that Dale Cowper, Louisville track and field head coach, can recruit a few "Shoni's, Asia's and Angel's" for the 'run, jump and throw' Cards in the future.
The women's program has had decent throwers over the years. It's time to catch up in the sprints, hurdles and relay events.