LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s and women’s cross country teams posted top-five finishes in their respective races at the Bluegrass Cross Country Invitational at Masterson Station Park on Saturday in Lexington.
“I’m very impressed with our progress over the last two weeks on the men’s and women’s sides,” head coach Dale Cowper said. “Most importantly, we had a great effort and passion out on the course. The men and women represented Louisville in a manner every Cardinal fan would appreciate while in Lexington.”
Stacked against a quality field, the women’s team scored a runner-up finish and was short of the victory by four points. Junior Michelle Molodynia again was the Cardinals’ top-scoring runner, placing fifth in the event behind a time of 17:18.52. The Canada native has been the team’s top place winner in both races this season and each of the squad’s six meets in 2012.
Three freshmen and one sophomore rounded out the Cardinals’ five scoring runners to give the Cardinals 51 on the day. Freshmen Agnes Chepchumba took seventh, Benadate Cheruiyot placed ninth, and Adair Gennocro secured 10th, while Kelsey Cramsey crossed the finish line in 20th.
“I’m really pleased with the ladies,” assistant coach Joe Walker said. “They followed race plan and almost came out with a win. It’s a step in right direction. We want to continue to developing that side and stay competitive.”
Redshirt junior Tyler Byrne paced the men’s group and nearly recorded the individual victory, finishing second in the 8K race with a mark of 23:47.47. As a team, the Cardinals finished in third – behind No. 11 Eastern Kentucky and top-ranked Oklahoma State – while edging Kentucky by 39.
Ernest Kibet made his first appearance of the season and posted a fourth-place finish, giving the Cardinals two runners in the top five. Mattias Wolter, who also made his season debut, finished 18th.
“Tyler ran great second half of race,” Walker said. “He moved through field fairly well, but was beaten by talented athlete.
“It was good to see Kibet back competing. The last time we saw him healthy was back in March, during track season.”
Stacey Eden, who transferred from Kentucky to Louisville, was the Cardinals’ fourth placewinner, and Japhet Kipkoech rounded out the team’s 72 points with a 27th-place finish.
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MEN’S TEAM RESULTS
1. Eastern Kentucky, 34; 2. Oklahoma State, 47; 3. LOUISVILLE, 72; 4. Kentucky, 111; 5. Miami (Ohio) 136
MEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
2. Tyler Byrne, 23:47.47; 4. Ernest Kibet, 24:00.55; 18. Mattias Wolter, 24:41.29; 21. Stacey Eden, 24:47.27; 27. Japhet Kipkoech, 25:01.00; (36.) Andrew Stewart, 25:22.57; (37.) Scott Anderson, 25:26.24; (42.) Jonathan Reynolds, 25:34.99; (48.) Thomas Cave, 25:46.38; (62.) Dominic Perronie, 26:28.04
WOMEN’S TEAM RESULTS
1. Eastern Kentucky, 48; 2. LOUISVILLE, 51; 3. Kentucky, 57; 4. Oklahoma State, 65; 5. Akron, 125
WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
5. Michelle Molodynia, 17:18.52; 7. Agnes Chepchumba, 17:23.62; 9. Benadate Cheruiyot, 17:27.05; 10. Adair Gennocro, 17:27.40; 20. Kelsey Cramsey, 17:52.81; (27.) Tori Schoettmer, 18:05.08; (35.) Emily Bushey, 18:32.34; (37.) Claire Noser, 18:35.97; (39.) Mackenzie Dummer, 18:42.97; (42.) Megan Klein, 18:52.76; (46.) Alex Bunch, 19:08.36; (55.) Paige Dooley, 20:11.03; (58.) Jordan Diaz, 20:47.85