Oct. 26, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Freshman Ernest Kibet led the University of Louisville men's cross country team to a sixth-place finish Friday morning at the BIG EAST Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y.
Kibet became just the third freshman in program history to earn all-BIG EAST honors, behind Cory Thorne (2005) and Tyler Byrne (2010). The Kenyan native, who placed fifth in a time of 24:42.02, secured his third top-10 finish of the season and had the second second-fastest freshman time in the field behind the individual champion, Syracuse's Martin Hehir (24:37.20).
Since starting his collegiate career in the second race of the season, Kibet has been the team's top finisher in three of four races. In his first competition, the adidas/Winthrop Invitational, he posted a first-place finish in a time of 24:13.17.
After Kibet, Louisville's next scoring runner was Edwin Kibichiy at No. 20, followed by Gordon Dooley at No. 29, Japhet Kipkoech (No. 32) and Mattias Wolter at 46th (43 in scoring). Through the first mile, Kibichiy and Kipkoech were in the lead pack.
"The men were in great position midway through the race and we did not close it out," assistant coach Joe Walker said. "There's an extreme hill at the fifth mile called Cemetery Hill, and we just did not run that part of the race well. I felt the course suited our style, but it's a real disappointing way to finish."
Collectively, the men totaled 129 points and finished 15 points behind fifth-place Villanova (114).
Michelle Molodynia led the charge on the women's side, as the squad placed 13th. A sophomore, Molodynia took 57th overall (50 in scoring) behind a time of 23:10.82, becoming the Cardinals' top finisher in all five races this season. The Niagara Falls, Ontario, native improved her finish from last year's meet by more than 20 spots.
The Cardinals' Nos. 2-5 finishers were Kelsey Cramsey (95th overall), Cassie Martin (100th overall), Megan Klein (103rd overall) and Maria Frigo (107th overall), respectively.
The Cardinals return to action in two weeks in Charlotte, N.C. for the NCAA Southeast Regional at Nov. 9. The meet is set to take place at McAlpine Creek Park, with the women's 6K at noon and the men's 10K at 1:15 p.m.
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MEN'S TEAM RESULTS
1. Syracuse, 37; 2. Georgetown, 67; 3. Notre Dame, 70; 4. Providence, 109; 5. Villanova, 114; 6. LOUISVILLE, 129
MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
5. Ernest Kibet, 24:42.02; 20. Edwin Kibichiy, 25:11.63; 29. Gordon Dooley, 25:25.19; 32. Japhet Kipkoech, 25:26.68; 46. (43) Mattias Wolter, 25:57.54; 56. (52) Evan Hibbs, 26:16.67; 86. (78) Ryan Eaton, 27:34.39
WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS
1. Georgetown, 58; 2. Connecticut, 68; 3. Providence, 80; 4. Villanova, 83; 5. Notre Dame, 90; 13. LOUISVILLE, 398
WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
57. (50) Michelle Molodynia, 23:10.82; 95. (81) Kelsey Cramsey, 24:33.34; 100. (86) Cassie Martin, 24:46.53; 103. (89) Megan Klein, 24:56.27; 107. (92) Maria Frigo, 25:07.69; 113. (97) Paige Dooley, 25:33.90; 118. (101) Leah Kiyohara, 25:55.66