LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville cross country’s Tyler Byrne and Ernest Kibet received at-large bids to compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced on Saturday.
Byrne will be making his second career appearance at the national championships after running at the event as a freshman, when the Cardinals’ men’s team qualified as a team in 2010. Kibet, a sophomore, will join Byrne at the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.
A Georgetown, Ind., native, Byrne has finished in the top 20 in all six races this season. On Friday, he broke the school record in the 10K en route to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional. Two weeks prior at the American Athletic Conference Championships, the redshirt junior set the school record in the 8K and won the individual conference title.
Twice this year Byrne was named the AAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week.
Kibet, who missed the season opener, has posted four top-15 finishes through five meets this year. In addition to earning all-conference honors with a second-place finish at the AAC Championships, he secured all-region honors by placing 11th at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Virginia.
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