Sam Bombaugh, Kim Cardeiro Sign Letters Of Intent
By: Rich Maclone
Sam Bombaugh and Kim Cardeiro have been two of the premier track and field athletes at Falmouth High School for the past four years. The duo hopes they can say the same thing four years from now when they are seniors at University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.
Bombaugh and Cardeiro signed their National Letters of Intent to attend the Big East track and field powerhouse starting in the fall. Bombaugh, who is the best shot put thrower in the state, and one of the top discus throwers as well, is receiving a 75 percent scholarship to attend the U of L. Cardeiro, a long jumper, is receiving a package that will include a 25 percent track scholarship as well as financial aid.
Both athletes are extremely pleased to be future Cardinals. “It makes all of the hard work completely worth it, all of the track meets, and the homework, and everything,” Cardeiro said.
Bombaugh was heavily recruited by some heavy hitters in the college athletics game. He had official visits to Louisville, North Carolina, and Tennessee and was also sought after by Texas Christian University and Arizona. In the end, the top-notch throwing program at Louisville won out. “I’m pretty psyched,” he said. “They’re the number one-ranked throwing program in the country and to be able to go to a school with that kind of aura is pretty special—it’s pretty unreal to me.”
With the big state meets on the horizon, Bombaugh said that his plan is to now re-focus completely on achieving his goals, the first of which is to win the state championship for the indoor season. He said the magic number for him is 64, as in feet, as the state record is 63 feet, 11 inches. He has his sights set squarely on eclipsing the 10-year-old mark by the end of the indoor season. His current record is 61-5.
You have to like his chances. Bombaugh is the reigning Division I indoor and outdoor shot put champion. He was the runner-up in the indoors last year in the state, and the outdoor state and New England champion. He finished 12th at Nationals as a junior.
Cardeiro is one of the premier long jump specialists in the state. She won the Atlantic Coast championship last year and advanced all the way to the New England championships in both the winter and spring seasons, finishing as high as second in the state.
Head Coach Bill Kulis was beaming with pride in regard to his two top track athletes. “This is great for the school, great for the program, to have two athletes, a boy and a girl, to be signing National Letters of Intent for Division I programs. They’re both outstanding students, honor roll students, and it’s just a tremendous accomplishment,” Kulis said. “The other kids see how hard they work. There are so many kids who waste talent, and they haven’t wasted their talents. They’ve worked hard and been real leaders by example.”
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