Louisville Cross Country Sweeps Titles at Mid-America Opener

Tarah McKay

Tarah McKay

Sept. 5, 2009

Complete Results

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The University of Louisville cross country program began the season in dominating fashion as they swept the Mid-America Opener team and individual titles for the third consecutive season on Saturday.

"I am extremely pleased with both teams' efforts and it's a great way to start the season," said UofL head coach Brice Allen. "This was an important opportunity for us to come out and test ourselves against competition after all the hard work we put in during the off-season. We really made great strides today."

The Cardinal men had the six of the top 10 finishers to score 20 points and claim their third straight win at the season-opening race. Indiana State finished runner-up with 38 points and were followed by host Evansville in third with 73 points.

Setting the pace for the men was redshirt sophomore Matt Hughes, who covered the 6,000-meter course in 18:06.33. Redshirt junior Michael Eaton made a triumphant return after sitting out last season. Eaton placed second with a time of 18:08.91, while junior Matt Bruce complete the race in 18:12.44 to take third. Sophomore Gordon Dooley and redshirt senior Cory Thorne finished fifth and ninth with times of 18:18.35 and 18:32.55, respectively, to round out the scoring for the Cards

In the women's race, the Cards dominated the field for the third consecutive year as they placed the top eight runners in the event to finish with a perfect 15 points, a school first, and earn the team title. Evansville scored 50 points to take second place.



Leading the way once again for UofL was senior Tarah McKay, who won her third straight individual title at the meet as she covered the 4,000-meter course in 14:35.74. McKay picked up her sixth career win and extended her streak to 20 career races that she has been the top finisher in Cardinal red and black.

Kim Grieshaber completed the course in 14:49.49 to earn runner-up honors, while junior Emily Borsare was third in 15:07.63. Senior Kathryn Long took fourth with a time of 15:21.44, while fellow senior Kat Alcorn capped the scoring in fifth at 15:30.78.

"Tarah had another outstanding performance and she continues to get better each race," said Allen. "Hughes has really improved since his arrival here and now we have a couple of weeks to prepare for our next competition."

Following a two-week break, UofL will travel to the Midwest Open in Kenosha, Wisc. on Sept. 19.

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Mid-America Opener
Evansville, Ind. - Sept. 5, 2009
Men: 6 km / Women: 4 km

MENS RACE RESULTS (4 Teams) 1. LOUISVILLE 20 points 2. Indiana State 38 points 3. Evansville 73 points 4. UE Alumni 106 points

U of L Men's Individual Finishers (Field of 39) 1. Matt Hughes 18:06.33 2. Michael Eaton 18:08.91 3. Matt Bruce 18:12.44 5. Gordon Dooley 18:18.35 9. Cory Thorne 18:32.55 10. Chase Violet 18:34.98 12. Scott McClain 18:43.95 14. Evan Hibbs 19:21.66

WOMENS RACE RESULTS (2 Teams) 1. LOUISVILLE 15 points 2. Evansville 50 points

U of L Women's Individual Finishers (Field of 37) 1. Tarah McKay 14:35.74 2. Kim Grieshaber 14:49.49 3. Emily Borsare 15:07.63 4. Kathryn Long 15:21.44 5. Kat Alcorn 15:30.78 6. Kortni Dukes 15:33.41 7. Kelsey Page 15:50.11 8. Lorna Whaley 16:05.19 25. Michelle Theophille 22:26.42 26. Rachel Gehret 22:41.86 28. D'Minia Stokes 23:26.65 29. Andrea Sabbatine 23:26.93 30. Saravia Richardson 24:23.92 31. Danielle Hampton 24:28.18 32. Karen Amundson 25:11.31 33. Brittany Hotaling 26:09.19 34. Danielle Burbage 26:12.39 35. Jenean Pressley 26:17.74 36. Alex Mobley 26:48.10 37. Amaka Omenyinma 31:17.67

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