LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sophomore Ernest Kibet paced the University of Louisville men’s cross country team with a second-place finish, guiding the squad to the team victory, while the women’s team finished in the top five at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday morning at E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park.
Kibet, who took part in the Greater Louisville Classic a year ago as his second collegiate race, crossed the finish line for the 8K course in 24:22.10. It is the second-consecutive year he has finished in the top 10 after taking ninth in 2012.
“I thought both squads showed great effort on the course today,” head coach Dale Cowper said. “The last couple of weeks have presented a challenging training load and both the men and women felt it today. We’re focused on the process of growing toward the American Athletic Championships at the end of the month.”
Tyler Byrne and Mattias Wolter also finished in the top 10, as Byrne took sixth overall and Wolter navigated the course to register an eighth-place finish. Stacey Eden helped bolster the Cardinals’ team score with a 15th-place showing, 14 in scoring, and Japhet Kipkoech rounded out Louisville’s top five by taking 28th.
“We’re not quite getting job done at No. 5,” assistant coach Joe Walker added. “Ernest had a good race. He tried to go for the win, but he ran out of room. Tyler battled even though didn’t feel well.”
Much like the men’s race, the women’s competition didn’t feature the fastest of times.
Benadate Cheruiyot paced the women’s team, posting a 22nd-place finish in a time of 17:56.19. Along with freshmen Agnes Chepchumba and Adair Gennocro, Louisville’s top three spanned less than 10 seconds. Overall, the Cardinals’ five scoring runners finished within 15 seconds.
Michelle Molodynia, Louisville’s top finisher in the last eight-consecutive meets, was the fourth-scoring runner with a 31st-place showing and freshmen Emily Bushey took 34th as the team’s fifth scorer, helping Louisville to fourth in the team standings.
“The women did a great job of packing together and that’s what we’ve talked about last few weeks,” Walker said. “We need to do the exact same thing but move them forward. Having Michelle off hurt us from that angle, but the 15-second spread is real positive.”
Louisville is idle for two weeks before returning to action for the squad’s final regular-season meet, the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, on Oct. 19 in Madison, Wis.
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MEN’S TEAM RESULTS
1. LOUISVILLE, 53; 2. Tennessee, 81; 3. East Tennessee State, 175; 4. Georgia Tech, 186; 5. Florida A&M, 194
MEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
2. Ernest Kibet, 24:22.10; 6. (5) Tyler Byrne, 24:48.01; 8. (7) Mattias Wolter, 25:07.23; 15. (14) Stacey Eden, 25:15.71; 28. (25) Japhet Kipkoech, 25:33.54; 53. Andrew Stewart, 25:55.08; 73. Scott Anderson, 26:12.15; 75. Jonathan Reynolds, 26:13.22; 115. Dominic Perronie, 27:03.99; 127. Thomas Cave, 27:17.96
WOMEN’S TEAM RESULTS
t-1. Kentucky, 92; t-1. Texas A&M, 92; 3. Eastern Kentucky, 126; 4. LOUISVILLE, 142; 5. Miami (Ohio), 163
WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
22. Benadate Cheruiyot, 17:56.19; 25. Agnes Chepchumba, 18:00.43; 30. Adair Gennocro, 18:05.77; 31. Michelle Molodynia, 18:05.82; 34. Emily Bushey, 18:11.98; 53. Kelsey Cramsey, 18:29.31; 90. Tori Schoettmer, 19:05.94; 103. Megan Klein, 19:20.73; 132. Claire Noser, 19:50.81; 139. Mackenzie Dummer, 19:58.01; 150. Leah Kiyohara, 20:17.64; 163. Paige Dooley, 20:55.03