Cardinal Men Finish 23rd, McKay 75th AT NCAA Championships

Tarah McKay

Tarah McKay

Nov. 23, 2009

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The no. 23 ranked University of Louisville men's cross country team finished 23rd at the 2009 NCAA Championships on Monday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course, while senior Tarah McKay placed 75th in the women's race.

"I am pleased with how we progressed throughout the season and to be on this stage, on the national level, is a tribute to these athletes," said U of L head coach Brice Allen.

U of L, competing for their third time in the past four years, finished with a score of 490 points. No. 2 Oklahoma State won the men's team title 127 points. Southeast Regional Champion no. 7 William & Mary finished fifth out of 31 teams.

The Cardinals did finish ahead of no. 18 North Carolina State who earned the second automatic bid at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships in Louisville, Ky. nine days ago.

Leading the way for the Cards was redshirt senior Cory Thorne who earned All-American honors for the second time with his 24th place finish. Thorne, from Portsmouth, N.H., navigated the 10,000-meter course in 30:05.3.

"It is exciting to see Thorne end his cross country career as an All-American," said Allen. "He has worked so hard to get to this point and it's well-deserved."

Redshirt junior Michael Eaton added an 83rd place finish with his time of 30:47.6. Junior Matt Bruce finished 94th, while redshirt sophomore Matt Hughes placed 193rd with times of 30:52.2 and 31:53.1, respectively. Sophomore Luke Lovelace rounded out the scoring for the Cardinals with a 205th place finish and a time of 32:03.6. Also competing for the Cardinals were senior Scott McClain and sophomore Chase Violet.

Samuel Chelanga, a junior from Liberty College captured the men's individual title with a time of 28:41.3.

McKay, competing in her third national championship, finished 75th out of 254 runners and navigated the 6,000-meter course in 21:08.8.

Angela Bizzarri, a senior from Illinois, took the women's individual crown in 19:46.8.

This concludes the 2009 cross country season for the Cards.

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NCAA Championship
Terre Haute, Ind. - Nov. 23, 2009
Men: 10 km / Women: 6 km

MENS RESULTS (31 Teams) 1. #2 Oklahoma State 127 points 2. #8 Oregon 143 points 3. #3 Alabama 173 points 4. Northern Arizona 190 points 5. #8 William& Mary 226 points 6. #6 Colorado 315 points 7. #10 Wisconsin 321 points 8. #12 New Mexico 350 points 8. #11 Iona 350 points 10. #1 Stanford 354 points 23. #23 LOUISVILLE 490 points

U of L Men's Individual Finishers (Field of 250) 24. Cory Thorne 30:05.3 83. Michael Eaton 30:47.6 94. Matt Bruce 30:52.2 193. Matt Hughes 31:53.1 205. Luke Lovelace 32:03.6 239. Scott McClain 33:19.5 247. Chase Violet 34:29.8

U of L Women's Individual Finishers (Field of 254) 75. Tarah McKay 21:08.8



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