LOUISVILLE DISCUS THROWER TO COMPETE AGAINST ELITE TODAY IN OREGON
Emmonnie Henderson will compete in the USATF Discus finals today in Eugene, OR. She is one of 19 athletes who qualified and has declared for the US Championships. The event is one of 20 that are part of the women's division in this 4 day affair which also includes the men's division.
She has her work cut out for her.
There are 10 college athletes, 6 club or other affiliated participants and 4 unattached entries that had tosses of over 56.55 meters during the season.
Henderson's best is a 57.54...which she achieved in her third place finish in the NCAA Finals. That ranks her 15th. on the competition list in Eugene. Atop the competition roster is Gia Lewis-Smallwood (Nike/New York Athletic Club) who comes in with a 69.17. Shelbi Vaughan (Texas A&M) who won NCAA Championships is almost five meters back with a 64.52.
Kelsey Card and Tera Novy, who Henderson threw against in the NCAA Championships, are also entered. Former Louisville record-holder in the discus Jere Summers attempted to qualify for the event as an independent but her season best toss of 56.09 fell just short of the qualifying distance.
The discus is scheduled for around 12:30 p.m. Pacific Coast Time (3:30 pm here).
"E" shocked the college world two weeks ago in Eugene when she finished third after being ranked 24th. out of 24 participants.
We hope she has another personal best in her today.
NCAA EXTENDS FAMILY TRAVEL EXPENSE PROGRAM FOR D1 WOMEN'S HOOPS
If the Louisville WBB squad makes the Final Four in 2016...(and we see no reason why they shouldn't) the NCAA has extended the program to provide player's families travel expenses to see their daughters or sister compete.
Here's how it worked in 2015:
The NCAA will pay up to $3,000 total in travel, ticket and meal expenses for family members of each student-athlete who competes in the Final Four semifinal games but doesn't advance to the championship game. The NCAA will pay up to $4,000 in expenses for each student-athlete's family who competes in the championship game.
Schools will decide how and when to distribute funds to family members and be responsible for making sure the funds are used as intended.
This allowance is meant to cover transportation, hotel and meals for two family members per player and there are no requirements on how far a family has to travel to receive the allowance. There are no requirement on what mode of transportation they use.
With the Final Four for WBB in Indianapolis this season...it would appear that Mariya Moore's family (Berkeley. CA) would have the furthest distance to travel (2275 miles) Arica Carter's family would have 2068 travel miles (from Los Angeles, CA). Syd the Kid's kin would have a 116 mile trip.
|(Oh, no...here goes Paulie on another|
Does Syd's travelers get the same amount as Mariya's?
It is also states that the school decides how and when to distribute the allowance. When I was a kid, my parent's would sometimes not pay my allowance if I had been "bad"
during the week.
As with all NCAA documentation, there is enough "grey area" and "wiggle room" here to make a contract lawyer do the Hootchie-Coo across a court room floor.
Money. It's a crime.
(Pink Floyd -- Dark Side of the Moon)
TURN YOUR RADIO ON
We're doing radio today at 11 AM on 100.9 FM WCHQ and streamed live on the Internet at:
As of 8:48 AM...I have no clue on what Worldwide and I will discuss. Sam the Dry Weather Intern is on special assignment and won't be with us.
Maybe we'll talk about him?
It should be interesting. See you on the radio.