Tuesday, June 7, 2016
For Emmonnie Henderson...it's straight ahead. Louisville First. -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
HENDERSON THROWS ON THURSDAY, SATURDAY IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
For University of Louisville track and field star Emmonnie Henderson...the future is now and it's straight ahead.
She'll compete in her second straight NCAA Championship in the shot put and discus at the University of Oregon beginning Thursday in the shot put. Scheduled start time for the shot put event is 9:30. ESPN will have coverage of the NCAA Championships...just how much of the shot put they'll show remains to be seen...but track and field is always an exciting TV possibility. She'll also compete in the discus...where she finished third last year...around 6 p.m. on Saturday.
We did put in a request to get an interview with her before she took off for Eugene, OR. That didn't happen, but maybe we'll get a chance to catch up with her after the Championships. As we've learned in this business, you can't always get what you want...
This is an acid test to see how she matches up with other Olympic hopefuls. Her throws in both events this season haven't quite matched up to the qualifying standards to make the USA Olympic squad. She'll need "best of career" throws in each to be a contender in Rio this summer.
Athletes rise to occasions. Competition brings out the best in any competitor. For Emmonnie, it is straight ahead...and, hopefully...very far out there.
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I'm writing today's column shortly after my weekly appearance on LOUISVILLE 1ST. ...which is Howie Lindsey's radio show on 790 KRD Monday-Friday from 7-10 a.m. It's always a pleasure to be on with Howie...ostensibly to discuss University of Louisville women's sports...but there is always the element of surprise.
Today we discussed Muhammad Ali, trash-talking and didn't get around to discussing "E" and the NCAA Championships or any other UofL activities. Which is perfectly fine. Ali is the story here in Louisville and globally this week. The media coverage surpasses what we see here on Derby weekend. Al-Jazeera and the BBC are camped out at the KFC YUM! Center with 100's of other media outlets. A motorcade. Downtown employers are developing plans to let workers off on staggered schedules on Friday because of the expected crunch of traffic and security measures and street closures.
Howie's show is something you should catch in the mornings. It is a great resource for all Louisville sports and national topics. We are pleased to be a small part of it for a few minutes once a week. It's available on IHeart Radio if you live out of the 790KRD signal range.