Freshman Japhet Kipkoech registered a solid eighth-place finish in his collegiate debut.
2006 Cross Country: Was the Cards' top runner in the final three races of the season ... Earned All-BIG EAST and All-Region honors ... Finished fourth at the NCAA Southeast Regional ... Was sixth at the BIG EAST Championships ... Led the Cards' to 15th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships ... Finished second at the Indiana Community 5K.
2005 Cross Country: Made an immediate impact on the Cardinal cross country program as one of U of L's most consistent runners in the fall ... Competed in all seven events and was either first or second among U of L runners in every race ... Earn All-BIG EAST honors with a 10th-place finish as the Cards finished fourth overall in their first-ever championship in the new conference ... Opened career with a pair of Top 5 finishes at the Woodford Trials and the Indiana State Invitational ... Finished 29th out of a field of 207 runners at the NCAA Southeast Regional meet ... Finished 10th at the Greater Louisville Classic in field of 306 runners.
High School: Standout peformer as a prep athlete ... 2005 Nike Outdoor Steeplechase champion ... Two-time Footlocker Finalist ... Four-time state champion at Portsmouth High School ... Personal best two-mile time of 9:04 ... Ranked among Top 20 distance runners in the nation as a senior.
Personal: Son of Mary Thorne ... Has two brothers ... Majoring in business.