Sept. 30, 2006
Louisville, KY – The Clemson men’s cross country team finished fifth at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday morning. The Tigers competed at the course that will also serve as the host site for the NCAA Southeast Regional in November. Louisville, the host school, won the event with 49 points while Tennessee was runner-up at 80 points. Clemson totaled 160 for their fifth-place effort. The race featured several unattached runners that shuffled the scoring totals.
The Tigers were led by a pair of sophomores, Bryce Iverson and Sam Bryfczynski. A native of Manassas, VA, Iverson had a 13th-place showing on Saturday. He ran a season-best 24:46 on the 8K course. Bryfczynski, who led the Tigers to a win in their first event by winning an individual title, was 23rd overall. He ran a time of 25:01, also a season-best for the Walton, GA native.
“I was very pleased with Bryce’s performance,” said Bob Pollock, head coach of the Tigers. “Sam did a good job also. The team has to challenge itself to make improvement. We will get better as the year goes along. We just got complacent out there today, and the team realizes that.”
Brian Soder was Clemson’s third scorer on Saturday. He had a time of 25:25, earning 34 points for the Tiger team. He was followed in 65th by his brother, Eric, who had a time of 25:49. Eric earned 47 points for Clemson. The Tigers’ final scorer Saturday was Will Noble, who was 67th with a time of 25:50. Noble earned 49 points.
Sean Reilly just missed scoring by running 73rd on Saturday. He had a time of 25:54 and earned 53 points toward the team score. Jay Lumpkins also made the trip for the Tigers, but has been battling sickness of late. He persevered to finish with a time of 27:27.
Clemson will return to action on October 14 for the Pre-NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, IN. That event will take place at the venue for this year’s National Championship in November.
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