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Cross Country's Byrne, Kibet Ready for NCAA Championships


Nov. 22, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville cross country's Tyler Byrne and Ernest Kibet extended their seasons and are competing at the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.

The event, which will take place at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center, begins at noon ET with the men's 10K race and follows with the women's 6K at 1:15 p.m. Coverage, including live video, will be available on

Thirty-one teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the nine regions for a total of 18 teams. Thirteen additional teams were selected at-large.

Thirty-eight individuals were selected to participate in each championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. All individual qualifiers finished among the top 25 in their region.

Byrne, who is making his second career appearance on the national stage, has compiled one of the best seasons in school history.

He has finished in the top 20 in all six 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.

At the 2010 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Byrne was the Cardinals' No. 3 scoring runner, finishing 115th in a time of 31:32.

Kibet, only a sophomore, also has registered a remarkable season in five meets, finishing in the top 15 in four of those meets.

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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