Oct. 4, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Junior Tarah McKay earned another runner-up finish to lead the Louisville women's team at Saturday's Greater Louisville Classic at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park, while redshirt freshman Matt Hughes led the way for the Cardinal men.
McKay, a native of St. Clements, Ont., covered the 5-kilometer course in a time of 17 minutes, 7.68 seconds to earn her second straight runner-up finish in the event, while Western Kentucky's Janet Jesang led the way in the field of 265 runners with a time of 16:52.95. McKay now has two wins and one runner-up finish in three events in 2008 and she's never finished worse than second in three career appearances at the Greater Louisville Classic.
Hughes, a native of Oshawa, Ont., and transfer from Clemson University, covered the 8-kilometer course in a time of 24:21.36 to finish 14th overall in the field of 294 runners. Louisville junior Cory Thorne, running unattached, won Saturday's individual title with a time of 23:45.74
Overall, the Louisville men finished fourth with 127 points, while Southern Illinois won the men's title with 77 points. On the women's side, Texas led the way with 79 points, followed by Georgia State (198 points) and UAB (201 points), while the Cards were seventh with 238 points.
"We're excited about our top runners, Matt Hughes and Tarah McKay," said Cards' head coach Brice Allen. "Matt is coming into his own right now and that was a strong finish for him and for Tarah, who continues to do a great job for us. We're going to build upon our finishes from today and continue to prepare for Pre-Nationals in two weeks."
Also scoring points for the Louisville men was junior Scott McClain in 20th with a time of 24:34.56, followed by freshman Luke Lovelace in 31st at 24:44.01, junior Matt Smith in 33rd at 24:47.07 and freshman Chase Violet in 49th at 25:04.87.
Also scoring points for the Louisville women was sophomore Emily Borsare
in 31st at 18:15.52, junior Kelsey Page
in 40th at 18:26.11, junior Kathryn Long
in 72nd at 18:46.64 and junior Kortni Dukes
in 106th at 19:10.41.
The Cards will have a week off from competition before competing at the Pre-Nationals on Oct. 18 in Terre Haute, Ind.
Greater Louisville Classic
E.P. `Tom' Sawyer Park - Oct. 4, 2008
Men: 8 km / Women: 5 km
MENS RACE RESULTS (33 Teams)
1. Southern Illinois 77 points
2. Eastern Kentucky 91 points
3. Rend Lake College 120 points
4. LOUISVILLE 127 points
5. Tennessee 218 points
6. Belmont 224 points
7. Georgia State 233 points
8. Middle Tennessee 251 points
9. East Tennessee 275 points
10. Southern Indiana 287 points
U of L Men's Individual Finishers (Field of 294)
14. Matt Hughes 24:21.36
20. Scott McClain 24:34.56
31. Luke Lovelace 24:44.01
33. Matt Smith 24:47.07
49. Chase Violet 25:04.87
52. Matt Bruce 25:06.92
117. Gordon Dooley 25:53.01
WOMENS RACE RESULTS (32 Teams)
1. Texas 79 points
2. Georgia State 198 points
3. UAB 201points
4. Southern Illinois 202 points
5. Vanderbilt 207 points
6. Dayton 211 points
7. LOUISVILLE 238 points
8. Southern Indiana 251 points
9. Eastern Kentucky 260 points
10. Western Kentucky 320 points
U of L Women's Individual Finishers (Field of 265)
2. Tarah McKay 17:07.68
31. Emily Borsare 18:15.52
40. Kelsey Page 18:26.11
72. Kathryn Long 18:46.64
106. Kortni Dukes 19:10.41
141. Lorna Whaley 19:43.48