Tone Belt, a 2005 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School, has gotten off to a fast start in Indoor Track at the University of Louisville. The silver medalist from the Junior World Championships in 2006 has won both the long jump and high jump competitions in each of first indoor meets of the season.
Belt opened the indoor season at the Fast Start Invitational, held at Southern Illinois University on December 6, 2006. The two-time All-American didn't disappoint, winning the long jump with a new University of Louisville indoor record of 25 feet 7.5 inches, bettering the old mark set last year by teammate Andre Black of 24 feet 11 inches.
Belt wasn't done as he cleared 7 feet 1.75 inches, to not only win the high jump competition, but to set his second indoor school record of the day, bettering his own record of 7 feet 1.5 inches set at last season's Indiana Open.
Louisville's next competition was on January 12 and 13 at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Kentucky. Belt once more won both jumping events in impressive fashion.
He opened the meet on Friday, January 12, with another indoor record in the high jump or 7 feet 3 inches. That was good enough to win the event and meet the automatic NCAA qualifying standard in the high jump.
On day two, Belt won his second long jump competition of the season with a jump of 25 feet 5.25 inches.
Belt will return to Kentucky this week, January 19 and 20, for the Rod McCravy Memorial at Nutter Field House.