University of Louisville's Emmonnie Henderson has her eyes on the Olympics

07/30/2015 09:01 PM

Emmonnie Henderson is entering her junior year at the University of Louisville, and for the first time in her collegiate career she will be competing in only one sport, track and field. Henderson is better known for her contributions as a forward on the Cardinal’s women’s basketball team, playing in all 34 games last season and averaging 5.8 points and 4 rebounds per game. Henderson has decided to place her basketball career on hold however as she attempts to earn a spot on the USA’s Olympic track and field roster for Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next summer.

Emmonnie competes in both the discus throw and the shot put. She finished 14th overall at the 2015 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships earlier this year, and was sixth among collegiate athletes in the discus throw. Henderson is currently one of the top 15 in the nation in discus, and in the top 25 for the shot put. She is an All-American, finished third NCAA Championships this year in discus with a personal best throw of 58.34m/191-5, and won both discus and shot put competitions at this year’s ACC Outdoor Championships.

Women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz said he believed focusing solely on track and field was the best decision for Emmonnie if she is going to earn a spot on the Olympic team. Track and field coach Dale Cowper said he was excited to have Henderson join the team full time and expects to see tremendous improvement over the next year. Henderson said she hopes to return to basketball next year.


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