LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2011) – Competing in the largest cross country meet in the south region, freshmen Filip Jalovy (Modrice, Czech Republic) and Isabelle Grosskopff (Telgte, Germany) led the ETSU men’s and women’s cross country teams across the finish line at the 10th annual Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday afternoon.
Jalovy, who was one of 240 student-athletes competing in the 8,000m Gold race, turned in a time of 25:00.33 and placed 56th. Overall, Jalovy shaved one minute and thirty-eight seconds off his previous best mark on Saturday at the prestigious E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park. Previously, Jalovy’s best collegiate mark came in the Bucs’ season opener when he finished the 8K Covered Bridge Open course with a time of 26:38.40.
On the women’s side, Grosskopff showcased her best run of the year as she placed fifth among a field of 257 runners in the Blue Division. Grosskopff finished the 5,000m course in 18:15.23, marking the 14th fastest time by an A-Sun runner this season. In addition, Grosskopff decreased her season-best time by 35 seconds on Saturday.
Individually, sophomore Tyler Byrne from Louisville won the men’s Gold race with a time of 23:47.12.
Meanwhile, in men’s team scoring, Purdue – the eighth-ranked team in the Great Lakes region – beat out 27th-ranked Louisville by 37 points (113 to 150) to claim the title. The Bucs placed 23rd in the 29-team field, finishing two spots behind Belmont (21st) and four spots behind Kennesaw State (23rd).
Other ETSU notables included junior Landon Milhorn (The Woodlands, Texas) and sophomore newcomer Anders Ludvigsen (Odense, Denmark). Like Jalovy, Milhorn shaved over a minute off his previous best 8K time this season by crossing the line in 25:34.24, while Ludvigsen – who was the top Buccaneer runner in their first two meets of the 2011 campaign – finished in 25:43.49.
Joining Grosskopff with a top-30 finish was sophomore Chelsea Clark (Fairmont, W. Va.). Clark clocked in at 18:49.52 to place 30th overall.
Overall, Missouri State’s swept both the team and individual titles in the Blue Division race. Senior Terry Phillips won the race with a time of 17:52.46, while Missouri State beat second-place South Alabama by 87 points. The Lady Bucs finished 15th as a team with 445 points.
The Bucs return to action in two weeks when both the men’s and women’s teams compete at the Blue Ridge Open on Oct. 14.
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