FOUR LOUISVILLE WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD STUDENT-ATHLETES IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
It all gets underway starting today in Eugene, Oregon for the 2022 NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Four members of the Louisville women's track and field squad will be taking part in the events and Thursday will be their day to shine. Field events will have three of the Cardinals women participating, although none of them will be in the shot put or discus -- two areas where the Cards have excelled in past years.
Gabriela Leon and Aliyah Welter will participate in the pole vault. Both cleared a height of 4.31m (14-1.75) in the NCAA East Regionals in Bloomington, IN to qualify for the Championships. Leon has cleared better -- at 4.61m (15-1.5) in the Clark Wood Invitational on the UofL campus. That vault set a school record, was tops in the ACC this season and the eighth-best outdoor vault in all-time NCAA . It's Leon's third time in the NCAA Championships, Welter is making her second appearance in the Championships. They jump around 9 p.m. ET Thursday
Synclair Savage will take part in her first NCAA Outdoor Championships in the women's long jump on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. ET. Savage earned her qualification after recording the fifth-best mark of the field with a jump of 6.32m (20-9) at the NCAA East Region Preliminary Round. She secured the women's outdoor long jump title and earned first-team honors with a wind-aided best of 6.65m (21-10) at the ACC Championships. In addition to her title, she set the women's long jump outdoor school record with a mark of 6.44m (21-1.5) at the Indiana Invitational this season.
Katie Martin concludes the second day of competition on Thursday with the women's 400-meter hurdles semifinals at 10:30 p.m. ET. Martin advanced to her first NCAA Outdoor Championships after recording a quarterfinals time of 57.93 seconds to clinch her place as a time qualifier. The time is the second-fastest Martin has posted in her collegiate career behind the school record 57.57 seconds clocked in a second-place and first-team honors finish at the ACC Championships.
We wish all our Cardinals athletes the best of luck !