Aug 31, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Junior Michelle Molodynia and freshmen Benadate Cheruiyot and Adair Gennocro paced the University of Louisville women’s cross country team to a first-place finish on Saturday afternoon at the Mid-America Opener in Evansville, Ind.
“It was a really good effort there to put seven in the top nine and have a 40 second spread from 1-7,” assistant coach Joe Walker said of the women’s team. “That’s something we talked about running as a pack, and they did a great job of that. We’re in a lot better position now than where we were at this point last year. I think we’re pushing forward and we have a ways to go, but I feel good about that group.”
In leading the women’s team to its fifth title in the last six years at the season-opening event, Molodynia took runner-up in the individual standings with a 4K time of 15:00.22. It’s the second-consecutive year the Canada native finished second in the meet. Last year, she was the Cardinals’ top scorer in all six of the team’s events.
Louisville’s women’s roster, which features 10 newcomers, had four freshmen round out the team’s top five scorers. There was just a 27-second gap from runners 1-5. Cheruiyot and Gennocro, both making their collegiate debuts, finished third and fourth, respectively, with Agnes Chepchumba and Tori Schoettmer following with sixth- and seventh-place finishes.
“Adair didn’t feel good at all today, but kind of like Tyler, she kept battling and fighting and didn’t let it slip too badly,” Walker said. “She still had a solid first race even though she would say otherwise.”
On the men’s side, transfer Stacey Eden
and junior Tyler Byrne
finished second and third, respectively, to guide the squad to a runner-up showing. Eden navigated the 6K course in 18:28.60, finishing just three seconds shy of the individual winner, while Byrne clocked a time of 18:36.82.
“I thought it was really positive for him to go out as our top guy,” Walker said of Eden. “We know Tyler is fit, but had a little bit of an off day. Once we get Ernest (Kibet), Edwin (Kibichiy), and Mattias (Wolter) into that group, we have a chance to be OK.”
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.
Newcomers Thomas Cave, Scott Anderson, and Dominic Perronie also made their Cardinal debut and each finished inside the top 20.
“Both crews are working hard and showing progress,” first-year head coach Dale Cowper said. “Coach Walker and coach Taryn Sheehan have done a solid job rebuilding both rosters.”
Louisville returns to action in two weeks at the Bluegrass Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 14 at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Ky. The men’s race is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., with the women’s event commencing at 10:10 a.m.
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MEN’S TEAM RESULTS
1. Indiana State, 26; 2. LOUISVILLE, 29; 3. Evansville, 73; 4. Oakland City 110
MEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
2. Stacey Eden, 18:28.60; 3. Tyler Byrne, 18:36.82; 6. Japhet Kipkoech, 18:53.87; 8. Andrew Stewart, 19:07.79; 11. (10) Jonathan Reynolds, 19:36.59; 13. (12) Thomas Cave, 19:43.66; 14. (13) Scott Anderson, 19:53.61; (16.) Dominic Perronie, 20:15.70
WOMEN’S TEAM RESULTS
1. LOUISVILLE, 22; 2. Indiana State, 54; 3. Evansville, 63
WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
2. Michelle Molodynia, 15:00.22; 3. Benadate Cheruiyot, 15:07.37; 4. Adair Gennocro, 15:12.97; 6. Agnes Chepchumba, 15:26.71; 7. Tori Schoettmer, 15:27.28; (8.) Kelsey Cramsey, 15:36.04; (9.) Claire Noser, 15:40.64; (12.) Alex Bunch, 16:06.93; (13.) Mackenzie Dummer, 16:19.73; (19.) Paige Dooley, 16:53.07; (24.) Megan Klein, 17:31.30; (27.) Jordan Diaz, 17:56.11