Oct. 17, 2009
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The University of Louisville men's cross country team finished ninth, while the women placed 24th at Saturday's Pre-Nationals hosted by Indiana State University at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.
"I am pleased with the men's finish and their win over Iowa State and Minnesota which should help us in pursuit of national prestige," said Allen. "On the women's side, I thought Tarah ran especially well and she continues to be a staple for us."
The Cardinal men placed ninth with 289 points in the field of 35 teams in the white race, while no. 1 ranked Stanford raced past the stiff competition with 47 points to earn the win. No. 4 Colorado finished runner-up with 130 points and no. 6 BYU took third with 163 points. U of L finished ahead of no. 18 and no. 30 Minnesota who took 10th and 11th, respectively.
Redshirt senior Cory Thorne led the way for the Cardinal men as he navigated the 8,000-meter course in 24:14.8 to finish 30th out of 237 runners in the white race. Junior Matt Bruce was the second Card to cross the finish line at 33rd overall with a career best time in the event of 24:17.6, while redshirt junior Michael Eaton placed 36th also with a career best time in the meet of 24:20.0. Rounding out the scoring for U of L was junior Matt Hughes in 92nd place with a time of 25:01.0 and Scott McClain who finished 98th at 25:05.0.
On the women's side, the Cardinals picked up 608 points to take 24th overall in a field of 37 teams in the blue race, while no. 19 Colorado earned the team title with 94 points. No. 11 Florida State came in second with 135 points and was followed by no. 4 Oregon in third with 169 points.
Senior Tarah McKay led the efforts of the Cardinal women with a 14th place finish in the field of 278 competitors as she completed the 6,000-meter course in 20:52.1. McKay extended her streak to 23 career races that she has been the top finisher in red and black.
Senior Kim Grieshaber was the second scorer for U of L as she crossed in a career best time of 21:30.9 to place 43rd, while fellow senior Kathryn Long took 149th with a time of 22:38.2. Seniors Kortni Dukes and Kelsey Page came across in 181st and 221st with times of 23:01.1 and 23:39.4, respectively, to cap the scoring for the Cards. Also completing the race was senior Kat Alcorn.
The Cardinals suffered a setback when health prevented junior Emily Borsare from finishing the race with just a half-mile left. She was in about the 36th position when she dropped out of the race.
"Our women's team suffered a severe blow in Borsare's inept," said Allen. "We're excited for her to regain health and look forward to her competing at the BIG EAST Championships."
Up next the Cards will take a week off from competition before heading to the BIG EAST Championships on Oct. 31 in Kenosha, Wisc.
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Pre-Nationals Terre Haute, Ind. - Oct. 17, 2009 Men: 8 km / Women: 6 km
MENS WHITE RACE RESULTS (35 Teams) 1. No. 1 Stanford 47 points 2. No. 4 Colorado 130 points 3. No. 6 BYU 163 points 4. No. 8 Portland 211 points 5. No. 12 Iona 218 points 6. No. 19 Arizona State 232 points 7. No. 21 New Mexico 278 points 8. No. 28 Florida State 288 points 9. LOUISVILLE 289 points 10. No. 18 Iowa State 301 points
U of L Men's Individual Finishers (Field of 237) 30. Cory Thorne 24:14.8 33. Matt Bruce 24:17.6 36. Michael Eaton 24:20.0 92. Matt Hughes 25:01.0 98. Scott McClain 25:05.0 109. Luke Lovelace 25:13.3 197. Chase Violet 26:20.6
WOMENS BLUE RACE RESULTS (37 Teams) 1. No. 19 Colorado 94 points 2. No. 11 Florida State 135 points 3. No. 4 Oregon 169 points 4. No. 13 Georgetown 200 points 5. No. 6 Stanford 206 points 6. Arizona 225 points 7. No. 7 Iowa State 231 points 8. No. 29 Iowa 283 points 9. UTEP 284 points 10. No. 24 Michigan State 302 points 24. LOUISVILLE 608 points
U of L Women's Individual Finishers (Field of 278) 14. Tarah McKay 20:52.1 43. Kim Grieshaber 21:30.9 149. Kathryn Long 22:38.2 181. Kortni Dukes 23:01.1 221. Kelsey Page 23:39.4 229. Kat Alcorn 23:56.2