Nov. 15, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Tyler Byrne and Ernest Kibet each ran to top-15 finishes to lead the University of Louisville men's cross country team to a seventh-place showing at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday afternoon in Earlysville, Va.
Byrne and Kibet each earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors for the first time in their respective careers after finishing in the top 30. Byrne finished 10th and clocked a school-record 29:16.1 in the 10K. It's the second-consecutive meet that Byrne has broken a Louisville school record after he set the 8K mark en route to winning the American Athletic Conference title.
"Tyler was slightly off as far as breathing, but he kept battling and knew it could come down to the wire to get that final spot for the NCAA Championships," assistant coach Joe Walker said. "He's doing a good job, though, this season. He's taking care of his body and doing all of the right things. I'm excited for him to get up to Terre Haute and have the opportunity to be an All-American."
Kibet, who was only three spots away a season ago from earning all-region honors, took 11th in the field and clocked a time of 29:22.7 that now ranks second in school history to Byrne's mark. With his finish, Kibet will be in contention for one of the at-large bids, announced on Saturday, Nov. 16, to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23.
Benadate Cheruiyot finished 38th to lead the women's squad to a 19th-place showing. The freshman finished the 6K in 21:26.9. Classmate Emily Bushey was the Cardinals' No. 2 runner, completing the course in 22:10.6.
Louisville was without two of its top runners in freshmen Adair Gennocro and Agnes Chepchumba, who missed their first races of the year with an injury. Each has registered a pair of top-10 finishes and the duo earned all-conference honors at the AAC Championships in early November.
"It's a step forward," Walker said of the women's team's progression, "but we know what we have in place for next season. We feel good where we can be next fall."
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MEN'S TEAM RESULTS
1. Eastern Kentucky, 58; 2. Virginia, 96; 3. NC State, 101; 4. North Carolina, 137; 5. Virginia Tech, 167; 7. LOUISVILLE, 236
MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
10. Tyler Byrne, 29:16.1; 11. Ernest Kibet, 29:22.7; 37. (36) Mattias Wolter, 30:11.6; 57. (56) Japhet Kipkoech, 30:43.0; 125. (123) Andrew Stewart, 31:51.5; 158. (154) Jonathan Reynolds; 202. (194) Stacey Eden, 33:34.8
WOMEN' S TEAM RESULTS
1. Virginia, 57; 2. William & Mary, 69; 3. NC State, 142; 4. Duke, 143; 5. Virginia Tech, 157; 19. LOUISVILLE, 506