UofL senior Wes Seacat
Sept. 15, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Led by senior Wes Seacat's second-place finish, the University of Louisville men's cross country team stayed unbeaten on the season with a win at the University of Tennessee Invitational Friday evening at Lambert Acres Golf Course, while freshman Tarah McKay added a second-place finish overall to lead the Cardinal women's squad.
Seacat, a native of New Albany, Ind., earned second in the field of 102 runners to lead the Cardinal men, ranked fourth in this week's FinishLynx Southeast Region Top 15, to 46 points overall and the team title. Belmont was second in among the 10 teams with 60 points, followed by the host Volunteers in third with 69 points and Georgia State in fourth with 134 points.
Seacat covered the 8,400-meter course in a time of 26 minutes, 58 seconds to earn runner-up honors overall and was the top collegiate finisher in the race. Joining Seacat in the top 10 was junior Soimo Kiplagat in seventh with a time of 27:10, followed by freshman Matt Smith in eighth at 27:14 and freshman Scott McClain in 10th at 27:20. Junior Thad Schroeder rounded out the scoring for the Cards with a 19th-place time of 28:00.
On the women's side, McKay, from St. Clements, Ont., covered the 5,000-meter course in a time of 18:08 to finish second in the field of 84 runners and lead the Cards to fourth place overall in a field of 11 teams with 104 points. The host Lady Vols, ranked 14th in the nation this week, won the team title with 28 points, followed by Georgia Tech in second with 77 points and Chattanooga in third with 81 points.
"For our men, it wasn't a pretty win, but we had some guys who really stepped up and made a difference today," said UofL head coach Ron Mann. "Wes Seacat did a great job and two freshmen, Matt Smith and Scott McClain, had nice races that pushed us home for the win. On the women's side, Tarah ran a terrific race and we're very pleased with where she's at right now. Overall, it was a solid day for us and something good for us to build on before our first home meet in two weeks."
The Cards will have a week away from competition before returning to race action on Sept. 30 at the Greater Louisville Classic at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.
UT INVITATIONAL Knoxville, Tenn. - Sept. 15, 2006 Men: 8,400m / Women: 5,000m
MENS RESULTS (10 Teams) 1. LOUISVILLE 46 points 2. Belmont 60 points 3. Tennessee 69 points 4. Georgia State 134 points 5. Runners Market 143 points 6. Georgia Tech 151 points 7. VMI 159 points 8. Austin Peay 186 points 9. Bryan College 247 points 10. Maryville College 315 points
U of L Men's Individual Finishers (field of 102) 2. Wes Seacat 26:58 7. Soimo Kiplagat 27:10 8. Matt Smith 27:14 10. Scott McClain 27:20 19. Thad Schroeder 28:00 24. Ryan Byrne 28:19 34. Michael Eaton 28:47
WOMENS RESULTS (11 Teams) 1. No. 14 Tennessee 28 points 2. Georgia Tech 77 points 3. Chattanooga 81 points 4. LOUISVILLE 104 points 5. Belmont 109 points 6. Georgia State 119 points 7. Austin Peay 223 points 8. VMI 228 points 9. Bryan College 280 points 10. Tennessee State 283 points 11. Maryville College 300 points
U of L Women's Individual Finishers (field of 84) 2. Tarah McKay 18:08 21. Kelsey Page 19:30 24. Kim Grieshaber 19:36 27. Kortni Dukes 19:55 30. Sarah Weir 20:02 33. Kathryn Long 20:15 36. Meredith Edwards 20:29 43. Kat Alcorn 20:56 60. Casey Keefer 22:29