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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Cardinal Couple -- Six UofL Womens Track & Field Athletes qualify for NCAA Championships


-Abdullah, Okoro headline list of UofL women headed to NCAA Championships

-Softball: Elite Eight almost set

Six UofL womens track and field athletes have qualified for the NCAA Championships that will be held June 6-9 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, IA. 

Here's the list:

Khadija Abdullah - Shot Put
Chinwe Okoro - Shot Put
Holly Knight - 10,000 meter run
Michelle Theophille - High Jump
Maggie Gilbertson - High Jump
Charachesicia Lockhart - Long Jump, Triple Jump

Lockhart will participate in two
events in the NCAA Championships
The Cards won the BIG EAST Championships earlier this month and almost had another athlete qualify yesterday for the NCAA Championship...Amashi Kendall just falling short of a qualifying throw in the hammer. 

The athletes who participate in track and field events at UofL, as well as other Universities, rarely get the recognition and coverage that players in football and basketball do. Their efforts, though, are just as dedicated and the practice hours they spend equal those of the hardwood and gridiron performers. 

Best of luck to the UofL participants in the NCAA. Six entries! Keep up the great work, Ron Mann! 


Now that Louisville's softball season has ended, interest in the sport on the college level has dropped off somewhat locally...but 16 teams advanced to the Super Regionals and have made or are making their bid to be one of the eight that get to the Womens College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK. 

Bulls advance to Okla. City
From the BIG EAST, South Florida has punched their ticket to the "elite eight"...eliminating Hofstra in the Super Regionals two games to one. All three games had the same score...2-1. Sara Nevins, who had trouble against the Cards in the regular season and in the BIG EAST Tournament, back to her old form inside the circle.

Other schools who have made reservations for rooms so far in Oklahoma City:

Alabama (knocked off Michigan, who beat Louisville)
Arizona State

Three more could qualify today. Cal needs to beat Washington to advance. Same for LSU, who plays Missouri and Tennessee could secure a slot by beating Georgia today. If LSU, Cal and UT lose, it goes to game three in the best-of-three format. 

Haylie Wagner's pitching stymied Louisville
but couldn't get Michigan past Alabama.
Three PAC 12 schools, a possible three SEC schools, one from the BIG 12 and one from the BIG EAST. Those who clamor for a Cardinal move to the BIG 12 can't help but believe that the overall competition would be stronger, year in and year out...but for this season...each school has a representative in the final dance. 


  1. Great job track ladies! Louisville's field event squad has been great for several years now.

    Curtis Franklin

  2. Watched a bit of the Cal game last night. They are a strong team. Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

    Joe Hill

  3. I watched the Oregon vs. Texas games yesterday. First game of the day for those two looked like it would end in bench clearing brawls. One player from Oregon ejected for two games. Oregon won the first game yesterday, making it a double header for the day. Tempers settled and Oregon pummeled Texas in the second game to head to the world series. Good games, a lot of offense.

  4. UT Vols won today too. Paul, make sure and do a little something about McCoughtry coming in second at Churchill today. Went off at like 40-1 or something. I had exacta. It was sweet!

    Don Poker


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