Nov. 23, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville's Tyler Byrne concluded his record-setting cross country season with another historic feat.
The redshirt junior clocked a top-15 school mark and raced to All-America honors behind a 29th-place finish at the NCAA Championships on Saturday afternoon at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.
By finishing in the top 40, an 86-place improvement from his national championships debut in 2010, Byrne became the school's third All-American in cross country (Cory Thorne, 2007 and 2009; Wesley Korir, 2007). He completed the 10K course in 30:37.8, the 15th-fastest time at that distance in school history.
Byrne has finished in the top 20 in six of seven races this season. At the NCAA Southeast Regional, he broke the school record in the 10K en route to a 10th-place finish and all-region honors. Two weeks prior at the American Athletic Conference Championships, the redshirt junior set the school record in the 8K and won the individual conference title.
A sophomore, Ernest Kibet concluded his season with a 144th-place finish at the event behind a time of 31:45.5.
The Kenyan native top-15 finishes in four of six meets this season.
In addition to earning all-conference honors with a second-place finish at the AAC Championships, he secured all-region honors by placing 11th at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Virginia.
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