Oct. 4, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville cross country teams return to familiar territory this weekend, competing on its home course in the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday, Oct. 5, at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park.
"We've put together a good training block at the end of September, and it gave us some time to really focus on training," assistant coach Joe Walker said. "Now, as we move into October, we just want to get the body fresh and see progression in our racing. Obviously, the start of that process is the weekend and being at home is a factor as well."
Both Louisville's men's and women's teams will compete in the gold races, with the men's race commencing at 9:30 a.m. and the women's competition beginning at 10:15 a.m. Notable teams competing, along with Louisville, include regional foes Eastern Kentucky and Kentucky, Southeastern Conference power Texas A&M, Tennessee, and Canadian schools Guelph and Western Ontario.
The Cardinals are coming off a two week idle period, last competing at the Bluegrass Cross Country Invitational in Lexington on Sept. 14. The women's team took second in the standings, getting edged by Eastern Kentucky by three points. In the men's competition, which featured top-ranked Oklahoma State, the Cardinals placed third.
Individually, Louisville's women's team had four of its top-five placewinners finish in the top 10 and had all five scoring runners in the top 20. Michelle Molodynia paced the team with a fifth-place showing, marking her eighth-straight meet as the Cardinals' top finisher.
Tyler Byrne led the men's team with a second-place finish, and Ernest Kibet registered a fourth-place showing. The Cardinals' other three scorers each finished inside the top 30.
Louisville is returning to its home course, site of the 2012 NCAA Championships, for competition for the first time since the 2012 Pre-Nationals meet in mid-October.
"I think familiarity with the course, knowing it runs fairly fast and being able to be in front of friends and family who know your name and the line of the course helps as well," Walker added.
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