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Cross Country Returns to Action at Bluegrass Classic on Saturday


Sept. 13, 2013

Senior Mattias Wolter is expected to return to the Cardinals' men's lineup this weekend.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville cross country teams head east this weekend to compete in their second meet of the year, participating in the Bluegrass Cross Country Invitational on Saturday morning in Lexington, Ky.

The meet, held at Masterson Station Park, features the men's 8K race at 9:30 a.m., with the women's 5K following at 10:10 a.m. The last time the Cardinals competed in an event in the state that resided outside of Louisville was 2005, when the squad traveled to the Woodford Trials in Versailles, Ky.

Along with Louisville and host Kentucky, the field includes the top-ranked Oklahoma State men's team, the No. 21-ranked Oklahoma State women's team, and the No. 11 Eastern Kentucky men's squad.

"We're excited about competing over in Lexington," assistant coach Joe Walker said. "It's good to see a nice event that formed close to home. I think having Oklahoma State's men's and women's teams will make it a good race up front, and Eastern Kentucky is a top-15 program as well, so the field should be strong."

In addition to seeing Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky this weekend, the Cardinals also will be competing against the two schools at the regional meet during postseason action.

"We are at the stage of the year where our sport is in somewhat of an exhibition stage," Walker said. "It doesn't count nationally, but it will be good to get exposed to that type of environment and help us prepare for October and November."

The Cardinals began the season on Aug. 31 at the Mid-America Opener in Evansville, Ind., where the women won the team title and the men finished runner-up in the team standings.

Junior Michelle Molodynia paced the women's squad with a second-place finish. It is the second-consecutive season the Canada native finished runner-up in the meet. Freshmen Benadate Cheruiyot and Adair Gennocro followed with respective third- and fourth-place showings. Classmates Agnes Chepchumba and Tori Schoettmer rounded out the scoring runners, taking sixth and seventh, respectively.

On the men's side, Stacey Eden took second in his Cardinal debut, while Tyler Byrned posted a third-place finish. Sophomore Japhet Kipkoech took sixth, and Andrew Stewart and Jonathan Reynolds rounded out the group's top five runners with respective eighth- and 10th-scoring finishes.

"We're starting to see 5-6 women really develop into a fairly close pack," Walker said of the team's progression. "On the men's side, we're fairly close to getting Ernest (Kibet) healthy and Mattias (Wolter) will be back into the mix as well."

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