October 5th, 2014

BU's Frith sets new school mark at Greater L'Ville Classic

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.


BU's Frith sets new school mark at Greater L'Ville Classic
photo from bellarmine.edu/athletics

The Bellarmine University cross country teams got the chance to not only run in their hometown today but also run at the site of the 2014 NCAA National Championships at today's Greater Louisville Classic held at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park.  The meet is the nation's largest collegiate cross country event with more than 2,700 runners.

Emily Frith of the Bellarmine women's team stole the show among Knights' competitors.  She ran in the highly competitive "Gold" race and set a new school record for five kilometers and finished ninth overall in the mostly Division I field of 300 runners.  Frith's time of 17:17.17 was the best of any runner from a Kentucky school.

"Emily ran a fantastic race," said Bellarmine Women's Cross Country Coach Kris Horton. "Her finish was as strong as I've ever seen. She ran very smart and certainly showed she is one of the top runners in the country."

Bellarmine's other runners competed in the "Blue" races, with the women's team ranking 15th in the 37-team field and the men coming in 17th of 40 teams.

Flannery Musk posted a top 10 finish with a time of 18:19.48, which represents a personal record and is the seventh best 5K time in Bellarmine history.  Caitlin Carroll also had a strong performance for the BU women, finishing 31st in the field of 351.  Carroll's time of 18:42.86 also ranks in the top 10 of BU's all-time list.

Other top finishers included: Erin Crone (19:19.18), Rachel Clemons (19:38.30), Cindy Kiefer (19:46.78), Rachel Rawson (20:08.86), and Sarah Schuster (20:18.67).

For Knights fans playing the "what if" game, it's worth noting that Bellarmine's women would have finished fifth if Frith's time had counted in the blue race.

"We had a good team effort in the blue race," Horton said. "Flannery and Caitlin had big races. Cindy Kiefer and Rachel Rawson had huge improvements, and I'm really excited to see where we will be in the next six weeks. I'm happy with how we ran today, but we aren't satisfied and know we still have big things ahead of us," Horton added.

In the men's race, Cody Parks led the way for the Knights, clocking the eight kilometers in 25:29.34 for a 26th place finish in the field of 356 and establish a new personal best for that distance.

A pair of freshmen were the next two Knights to cross the finish line as freshmen Nathan Wilkey (25:59.55) and Jake Johnson (26:27.68) finished 80th and 134th respectively.  Right on Johnson's heels was junior transfer Same Meredith (26:28.09) in 136th position.

Rounding out the top seven for the Knights were Taylor Sanders (26:43.06), Lovice Pollock (27:06.19), and Aaron Graves (27:35.73).

"From a team perspective, we had a solid race," said Director of Cross Country Jim Vargo.  "Our freshmen ran extremely well and about half our team had PRs (personal records).  The depth is there, we just need to get a few more (athletes) back (from injury).  I'm optimistic we'll be there when it counts."

Both the men and the women return to action on Oct. 25 at the Midwest Regional Preview in Evansville, Ind.  Bellarmine will not compete next week at the "Pre-Conference Rumble" as originally scheduled.

 

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