Dayton, Ohio - Edwin Kibichiy, Ernest Kibet and Japhet Kipkoech of the University of Louisville men's cross country team and Benadate Cheruiyot and Kelsie Schwartz of the women's team each recorded Top 10 finishes in their respective races to pace the Cardinals at the Flyer 5K on Saturday in Dayton, Ohio. The men's squad finished in first place in the season opening race, while the women's team finished in second place behind Ohio State.
Kibichiy, a junior out of Kapsabet, Kenya, led the men's race and finished in first place with a time of 15:35.1. Fellow junior Kibet finished in second place, just over four second after Kibichiy crossed the finish line. Junior Kipkoech finished in fourth place with a time of 15:49.8 to round out the Cardinals in the Top 10.
"Both squads put forward a great effort on a humid day in Ohio, " head coach Dale Cowper said. "It was a solid group effort from our men's squad. Edwin, Ernest and Japhet did a great job up front and it was also nice to see several of the underclassmen move during the second half of the race."
Along with the three finishers in the Top 10, the Louisville men's team had four runners finish in the Top 20, including freshmen Daniel Southard and Chris Streigel and sophomores Johnathan Reynolds and Thomas Cave.
Louisville sophomore Cheruiyot led the women's squad and finished second overall behind Ohio State's Katie Borches. Cheruiyot finished with a time of 18:31.0. Schwartz, a newcomer out of Grosse Point, Mich., completed her first career race in 18:55.1, which placed her in ninth overall.
Both teams will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 13 when they head to Nashville, Tenn., to compete in the Vanderbilt Commodore Classic.