Cats 8th in Louisville cross country meet

mmaloney@herald-leader.comSeptember 29, 2012 

  • Greater Louisville Classic

    Men's Gold Teams — 1. Iona 47; 2. Columbia 110; 3. Georgia 143; 4. Missouri 152; 5. Texas 166; 6. Louisville 202; 7. Arizona 236; 8. Mich. St. 249; 9. Grand Valley St. 284; 10. Penn St. 303. Also: 12. Kentucky 396; 25. Western Ky. 680.

    Men's Gold Individuals (8,000 meters) — 1. Lawi Lalang (Ariz.) 22:33.57; 2. Stephen Sambu (Ariz.) 22:36.37; 3. Paul Chelimo (N.C.-Greensboro) 22:59.62; 4. Mitch Goose (Iona) 23:42.44; 5. Matthew Bayley (Iona) 23:44.74; 6. Matt Gillespie (Iona) 23:54.67); 7. Paul Katam (N.C.-Greensboro) 24:00.90; 8. Japhet Kipkoech (Louisville) 24:02.32; 9. Ernest Kibet (Louisville) 24:03.59; 10. Joseph Chebet (Western Ky.) 24:04.782; 11. Rory Tunningley (Texas) 24:05.32; 12. Luis Orta (Kentucky) 24:06.96; 13. Daniel Clorley (Iona) 24:07.12; 14. Matt Cleaver (Ga.) 24:07.88; 15. Jake Sienko (Columbia) 24:08.20; 16. Max Storms (Mo.) 24:09.72; 17. Sam Masters (Penn St.) 24:10.08; 18. Leighton Spencer (Columbia) 24:10.77; 19. Jake Byrne (Iona) 24:11.05; 20. Nathan Martin (Spring Arbor) 24:11.79.

    Women's Gold Teams — 1. Arizona 71; 2. Washington 80; 3. (tie) Michigan St. and Arkansas 135; 5. Penn St. 161; 6. Vanderbilt 178;7. Wisconsin 205; 8. Kentucky 252; 9. Duke 257; 10. Georgia 262. Also: 17. Eastern Ky. 473; 31. Louisville 894.

    Women's Gold Individuals (5,000 meters) — 1. Elvin Kibet (Ariz.) 16:51.71; 2. Cally Macumber (UK) 16:55.14; 3. Katie Flood (Wash.) 16:55.67; 4. Sara Kroll (Mich. St.) 16:57.13; 5. Juliet Bottorff (Duke) 16:58.94; 6. Kristen Findley (Vandy) 16:59.26; 7. Chelsea Oswald (UK) 16:59.32; 8. Katie Breathitt (Miss.) 17:01.68; 9. Lindsay Flanagan (Wash.) 17:02.17; 10. Semehar Tesfaye (Ark.) 17:05.07; 11. Nicci Corbin (Ariz.) 17:05.41; 12. Jennifer Bergman (Ariz.) 17:05.87; 13. Andrina Schlapfer (Ark.) 17:06.75; 14. Grace Heymsfield (Ark.) 17:06.75; 15. Rebekka Simko (Penn St.) 17:10.00; 16. Ashely Beutler (Wis.) 17:10.72; 17. Tori Perri (Penn St.) 17:13.24; 18. Leah Connor (Mich. St.) 17:14.14; 19. Elizabeth Apgar (Ariz.) 17:14.17; 20. Carly Hamilton (Ga.) 17:14.92. Top finishers from other Kentucky schools: 50. Ann Eason (EKU) 17:37.26; 111. Michelle Molodynia (U of L) 18:05.02.

    Men's Blue Teams — 1. Eastern Ky. 96; 2. Grand Valley St. 108; 3. Ark.-Little Rock 243. Also: 7. Morehead St. 354; 21. Cumberlands 598; 24. Northern Ky. 606; 28. Bellarmine 695; 33. Berea 785; 36. Spalding 879; 38. Centre 917; 44. Georgetown 1,239. Top individual — J.J. Webber, Northern Ky., 24:43.30.

    Women's Blue Teams — 1. West Virginia 41; 2. Penn St. 134; 3. Grand Valley St. 190. Also: 7. Western Ky. 267; 9. Bellarmine 323; 16. Morehead St. 503; 27. Centre 740; 29. Cumberlands 766; 32. Northern Ky. 813. Top individual — Sharon Ronoh (Lindsey Wilson) 17:27.36.

    Men's Silver Teams — 1. Spartanburg Methodist 44; 2. Hope 209; 3. Tenn. Wesleyan 219. Also: 8. Northern Ky. 264; 12. Campbellsville 381; 23. Brescia 522; 25. Thomas More 595; 26. Berea 601; 30. Centre 702; 32. Asbury 781; 33. Kentucky St. 885; 35. Cumberlands 920; 36. Lindsey Wilson 977; 37. Spalding 989. Top individual — Kris Sandlin (Franklin) 25:57.28.

    Women's Silver Teams — 1. W.Va. Wesleyan 73; 2. Shorter 204; 3. Tenn. Tech 281. Also: 7. Western Ky. 324; 11. Georgetown 361; 15. Morehead St. 392; 18. Bellarmine 453; 20. Northern Ky. 528; 21. Asbury 529; 22. Campbellsville 534; 23. Brescia 549; 28. Berea 687; 34. Thomas More 869; 36. Lindsey Wilson 919; 37. Spalding 947; 38. Ky. St. 960; 39. Centre 961; 42. Midway 1,234. Top individual — Shea Spicher (Shorter) 18:30.51.

LOUISVILLE — The 11th Greater Louisville Classic — the largest collegiate cross country meet in the nation — belonged to the Wildcats.

Yes, Kentucky's Wildcats did well Saturday at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park.

But, actually, Arizona's Wildcats stole the day.

Arizona's 12th-ranked women, led by individual winner Elvin Kibet, knocked off No. 1 Washington 71-80 in the Gold (premier) Division.

No. 8 Iona rolled to men's Gold honors with 47 points, followed by No. 28 Columbia with 110. But it was Arizona's Lawi Lalang and Stephen Sambu taking 1-2 in the individual race.

Kibet, a junior from Kenya, followed her plan to run with the leaders for two miles, then push "and see who goes with me. And, pretty much, nobody came with me."

Kibet completed 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) in 16 minutes, 51.71 seconds.

Kentucky's Cally Macumber closed with a rush to place second in 16:55.14, nudging past Washington's Katie Flood (16:55.67).

"I just wanted to go and try to hang with the leaders," said Macumber, a junior. "I just tried to stay positive and I felt good."

Macumber and seventh-place finisher Chelsea Oswald helped UK to the top finish by a non-ranked team, scoring 252 points for eighth place. Finishing 3-7 in the team standings were No. 14 Michigan State, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 17 Penn State, No. 8 Vanderbilt and No. 29 Wisconsin.

Mississippi, in 11th, was led by fifth-year senior Katie Breathitt in eighth place. Twin sister Kelsey placed 101st.

The Breathitts were standout soccer players for Lexington Catholic. Knee injuries — torn ACLs suffered by Katie as a high school senior and by Kelsey as an Ole Miss junior — led to a change of sports.

When Katie ran a strong 3,000 meters as part of a soccer fitness test, she was encouraged to try track.

"They're a lot different (sports) but I like this," she said. "This is suited more for me."

A year later, Kelsey switched.

"I came back (from injury) and soccer wasn't really the same for me," Kelsey said. "And, honestly, Katie, with what she could do in track, I thought, 'Why don't I give it a try?' "

Eastern Kentucky, 17th in the team standings, was led by Ann Eason. The sophomore from Sayre placed 50th in a personal-best 17:37.26.

Louisville, 31st, was led by Michelle Molodynia in 111th.

The men's 8,000-meter race was pure dominance by Arizona's two Kenyans.

Lalang's time of 22:33.57 — nearly three seconds ahead of Sambu — lopped more than half a minute off 5-year-old records for the course (23:08.9 by Villanova's Bobby Curtis) and meet (23:09.0 by Eastern Kentucky's Jacob Korir).

Lalang, from Kibet's hometown of Eldoret, said the win gives him confidence for this year's NCAA Championships, to be run on the same course.

"Because I know everything right now," he said. "I know how the hills are, how the flats are, the slopes. ... It gives me a lot of confidence coming back."

Louisville placed sixth in the team standings.

"Not where we want to be. We definitely feel like we didn't get to show where we are as a group," U of L Coach Joe Walker said. "We've got to get better. So it's a good wake-up call for us to get some things corrected as we move forward."

The Cardinals' Japhet Kipkoech and Ernest Kibet — freshmen from Eldoret — ran 8-9, just ahead of Western Kentucky's Joseph Chebet, a Ugandan. UK's Luis Orta, from Venezuela, took 12th.

"I tried to hang in there. I felt good," said Orta, who clocked 24:06.96. "I wanted to run faster than that. I wanted to break 24. ... So not completely happy with the time, but it was a good race overall and we still have a long way to go in the season to run faster and better."

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @markmaloneyhl. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com

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