Oct. 30, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - On the heels of a second-place finish from Michael Eaton and two top-15 finishers, the No. 28-ranked University of Louisville men's cross country team finished runner-up at the 2010 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships at Jamesville Beach Park in Jamesville, N.Y.
The Cardinal men achieved their second-best finish at the BIG EAST Championships with the runner-up performance. Louisville's men won the league title in 2007 after receiving three top-10 finishes. Additionally, this year's squad had three runners place in the Top 15, tying Syracuse and Villanova for the most all-BIG EAST honors in the 2010 field.
Racing to his second-best 8K finish of the season and third career all-BIG EAST honor, Eaton navigated the course in 25:05.4, approximately eight seconds behind the top finisher, Providence's Lee Carey (24:56.8). Matt Hughes, earning his first career all-league honor, took ninth after crossing the finish line in 25:25.3. Tyler Byrne rounded out the team's top three, finishing 15th to earn all-BIG EAST honors; Byrne was the top freshman placewinner in the 118-man field.
"I'm really proud of the men's efforts today," head cross country coach Brice Allen says. "They executed the game plan to a `T.' We had the No. 1 senior and No. 1 freshman in the conference.
"Michael ran the race today like a fifth-year senior. He was patient in middle of pack at the 800-meter mark; he moved into 15th place at the mile; by three miles, he moved into position of top 5; and with mile to go, he walked everyone down except the leader. That's what you come to expect from a fifth-year senior."
Luke Lovelace and Gordon Dooley rounded out the team's five scorers, as they took 18th and 19th, respectively. Working on decreasing the gap from 1-5, the Cards fifth-place runner completed the race only 53 seconds behind Eaton, and the Cardinals were the only team to have all five runners finish inside the Top 20.
On the women's side, the Cardinals finished eighth.
Leading the way for the group in the 6K was Emily Borsare, who earned her first top team finish of the season. Completing the course in 21:55.1, Borsare took 24th place. Individually, it's her second-best 6K finish of the year.
"Emily ran great race today," Allen adds. "She closed well and moved up 10 positions. To cap her cross country career, she ran well for the Cardinals.
"We're looking forward to the regional race and the move on to nationals."
Kim Grieshaber was the Cardinals' second placewinner, finishing the race in 43rd, while Monica Hernandez rounded out the top three with her 48th-place finish. The women's final two scoring runners were Ariel Briggs (78th) and Cassie Martin (79th).
The Cardinals are idle for nearly two weeks before competing at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Nov. 13 at E.P. `Tom' Sawyer State Park in Louisville. The men's 10K begins at 10 a.m., with the women's 6K following at 11:15 a.m.
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MEN'S TEAM RESULTS
1. Syracuse, 59; 2. LOUISVILLE, 63; 3. Providence, 84; 4. Villanova, 85; 5. Notre Dame, 127
MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
2. Michael Eaton, 25:05.4; 9. Matt Hughes, 25:25.3; 15. Tyler Byrne, 25:41.8; 18. Luke Lovelace, 25:56.7; 19. Gordon Dooley, 25:58.3; (40.) Evan Hibbs, 26:32.8; (45.) Mattias Wolter, 26:41.3; (55.) Ryan Eaton, 26:57.1
WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS
1. Villanova, 26; 2. Georgetown, 42; 3. Syracuse, 79; 4. Providence, 90; 5. West Virginia, 149; 8. LOUISVILLE, 272
WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
24. Emily Borsare, 21:55.1; 43. Kim Grieshaber, 22:40.8; 48. Monica Hernandez, 22:55.1; 78. Ariel Briggs, 24:11.7; 79. Cassie Martin, 24:12.2; (92.) Paige Dooley, 25:07.8; (94.) Olivia Horvath, 25:12.3; (124.) Kacey Cox, 26:03.9