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Sunday, May 28, 2023

Track and Field Keep on Running - Sunday Cardinal Couple

Track and Field Championship Bound

Taylor Herbert, Kiyah Yeast, Tiriah Kelley, and Synclair Savage are headed to Austin for the NCAA Outdoor Championship.

The quartet, which has seemingly been setting school records all throughout the season, punched their ticket yesterday with an eighth place finish in the 4x100m relay with a time of 44.10.   That time is, again, a school record, beating their 44.55 from the ACC Championship meet a few weeks ago.

Synclair Savage was already set to go to Austin based on her 9th place finish in the long jump, flying 6.24m, or 20 feet and five and three quarters inches.

Also headed to Austin is Aliyah Welter based on her 4.12m pole vault that finish 11th place in Jacksonville.

The five, along with five from the men's side of the competition will comprise the largest contingent UofL has sent to the Outdoor Championships since 2009.

The NCAA Outdoor Championship meet will take place June 7-10 in Austin Texas.

The Mystics Pick Up Another Cardinal

No, unfortunately, they're not re-signing Emily Engstler or Jaz Jones, but a perhaps lesser known former Card will be joining the Mystics organization.

Ariana Freeman was admittedly only at UofL for one season, in 2014-15, joining the Cards in the freshman class along with Myisha Hines-Allen, Mariya Moore, Arica Carter, and Sydney Brackemyre.

You won't see Freeman on the Mystics' floor, though she will be beside it quite a lot.

With the growing visibility of the WNBA as a whole, and the Mystics as a program, they have added Freeman to their broadcast team as a sideline reporter.  This, of course, re-unites Freeman with Myisha Hines-Allen who is on the roster for the Mystics.  At the moment, Hines-Allen is not on the court as she continues to recover from off-season surgery.

Freeman has already had a distinguished career in broadcasting.  After leaving Louisville after her freshman year, she transferred to Colorado-Boulder where she earned her degree in broadcast journalism.

A native of the northern Virginia, Freeman returned to the area to start a masters program at George Mason University, but her career picked up almost immediately upon her return to the area.  She did a stint with the Washington DC professional football team as their on air Charitable Foundation reporter, before finding her way to CBS.  She joined in a part time news associate role, but was brought on board full time as a Broadcast Associate on the news desk and eventually joined the Evening News program.  She covered numerous stories relating to college sports, mostly women's basketball, and gained a great deal of national broadcast exposure.

She will be joining Christy Winters-Scott and Meghan McPeak to be the third member of the Mystics' broadcast team, one of the few all-women broadcast teams, even in the WNBA.

You can check out the Mystics' introduction of Freeman in a segment of the first episode of their Coffee with a Coach Show:

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

Perhaps we can get Ariana Freeman to the join the CCRHP as a guest someday, get her to bring an air of professionalism to the show?  No?  We're beyond hope?

Perhaps, but we have a lot of fun doing it, and for doing it on a budget of zero dollars, I think we do ok.

The CCRHP was on the air again yesterday, albeit getting a bit of a late start with the live stream thanks to a technical glitch.

You can catch the full show from the beginning in its podcast form however, at just about any podcast directory, or directly at turned Spotify at:

Jared, Paulie, and myself were on the show and we spent most of the show recapping the seasons for Softball and Lacrosse, and discussing the status of the programs and what's in store for them in the future.

We also give a shoutout to the various programs within the UofL Athletic Department for their academic successes, particularly Field Hockey and Women's Soccer for their 3.819 and 3.748 cumulative GPAs respectively.

Check it out and enjoy the fun!


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