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Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day -- Emmonnie Henderson -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

From all of us at Cardinal Couple...a brief Memorial Day Tribute. 

For those who gave their lives while serving our country...
We honor you.

To my Uncle Martin Busch, who died at Pearl Harbor .
I honor you. 

To my childhood buddy Ricky Hawkins, who died in VietNam
Your family and I honor you. 

To all who have served...putting their lives on hold to defend
our country and keep us safe from harm and free.

We honor you. 

To my father, father-in-law, uncles and cousins who pledged
to serve with duty and honor and protected our way of life.

We will never forget. 


By now, the trip to Eugene, OR. is probably a pretty familiar
journey for UofL shot-putter and discus tosser Emmonnie Henderson

On Saturday, "E" qualified for the NCAA Championships for the
third straight year in the shot put...coming in second at the NCAA 
Eastern Regionals with a toss of 17.93 in Lexington, KY.  The day
before...she secured an additional berth in the NCAA Finals with a 
seventh place finish in the discus. She's one of six Cardinal athletes
that qualified to go to Eugene and the only one who qualified in two

She made a tough decision several years ago...and it appears to be
the right one. Coming to Louisville in 2013 as a basketball player in
addition to being a track and field star...she split time between the
two sports her first two years. Known as a fierce rebounder with inside
scoring skills...she made the AAC All-Freshman team her first year and
acheived her first double-double he sophomore year. 

She had a dream, though...and it was to represent the USA in the 2016 Olympics in field events. She knew that to try and make the squad,
it would require more than just a partial season of training and efforts.

The decision to leave basketball was a tough one...but Coach Walz encouraged her to pursue that dream and she sadly left the team after the
2014-15 season. 

Emmonnie fell a bit short of getting to Rio in 2016 but the drive and  determination to become one of the best in the world at the shot and discus did not die. She's back on the big stage again this upcoming weekend with one last collegiate chance to ascend to the medals platform. 

Give it a couple of last tosses, "E". Do your've already cemented
your status as the best ever at Louisville in the events. Go show the NCAA


In case you missed the Saturday broadcast of The Cardinal Couple Radio
Hour on WCHQ 100.9...go to the link below. Had us a good time, we did and the Worldwide Quiz is back for the summer. 



1 comment:

  1. Nice video. Full respect for those still in active service, the others with their DD 214's, those that bought the farm on active duty and those just went away like old vets always do.

    Good Luck to E. Coulda used her toughness down low over the last several seasons but it's her deal.


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