Oct. 19, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Tyler Byrne and Agnes Chepchumba paced the University of Louisville men’s and women’s cross country teams at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, one of the top collegiate races in the country, on Saturday at Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wis.
Byrne, who clocked the seventh fastest 8K time in school history at 23:38, finished the course in 18th place. The redshirt junior finished the first mile in 4:48 and maintained a solid 4:46 pace.
“That was really good to see him respond after a not so great personal race at the home meet,” assistant coach Joe Walker said. “It was definitely one of his better efforts collegiately, which is a big positive.”
Racing against multiple All-Americans, Byrne recorded his fourth consecutive top-20 finish this season. The Georgetown, Ind., native finished sixth at the Greater Louisville Classic two weeks ago after opening the year with a third-place showing and a runner-up finish two weeks later at the Bluegrass Cross Country Invitational.
“I think this sets him up well mentally and physically for conference title in a few weeks,” Walker added about the American Athletic Conference Championships in Storrs, Conn. “Even for the regional, it shows he can be right in the mix for a high finish.”
Ernest Kibet was the men’s team second placewinner, clocking a time of 24:08 to finish 63rd. Mattias Wolter, who posted a collegiate best 8K time of 24:31, Stacey Eden, and Japhet Kipkoech rounded the top five scoring runners in a race that featured a quick start and the race winner clocking a 4:38 mile. As a team, Louisville finished 28th.
Chepchumba led the women’s squad, which has featured three different top placewinners through the last three races. A freshman, Chepchumba clocked a time of 21:18 that is good enough for the 18th-fastest 6K mark in school history. It surpassed Emily Borsare’s 2010 time of 21:18 that she achieved at the NCAA Southeast Regional.
Adair Gennocro, who continued her solid freshman campaign, was the squad’s No. 2 finisher after navigating the course in 21:33. The St. Marys, Pa., native averaged a pace of 5:47 and completed the first mile in 5:41.
“Agnes had a really solid race, but didn’t close it,” Walker said. “I thought Adair had a good first 6K as a freshman.”
Michelle Molodynia took third on the team, and Kelsey Cramsey and Emily Bushey finished fourth and fifth on the team, respectively.
The Cardinals return to action for the postseason portion of their schedule, with the AAC Championships on Nov. 2. On Nov. 15, Louisville heads to the NCAA Southeast Regional in Charlottesville, Va.
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MEN’S TEAM RESULTS
1. Northern Arizona, 121; 2. BYU, 174; 3. Portland, 216; 4. Wisconsin, 217; 5. New Mexico, 251; 28. LOUISVILLE, 625
MEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
18. Tyler Byrne, 23:38; 63. Ernest Kibet, 24:08; 128. (124) Mattias Wolter, 24:31; 220. (206) Stacey Eden, 25:08; 233. (214) Japhet Kipkoech, 25:22; (259.) Andrew Stewart, 25:44; (260.) Jonathan Reynolds, 25:44; (269.) Scott Anderson, 25:57
WOMEN’S TEAM RESULTS
1. Arizona, 117; 2. Arkansas, 136; 3. Providence, 191; 4. Michigan State, 200; 5. Iowa State, 235; 36. LOUISVILLE, 932
WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
129. Agnes Chepchumba, 21:18; 162. (159) Adair Gennocro, 21:33; 176. (169) Michelle Molodynia, 21:38; 257. (235) Kelsey Cramsey, 22:28; 264. (240) Emily Bushey, 22:44; (248.) Tori Schoettmer, 23:02; (249.) Megan Klein, 23:12