Kentucky Cross Country

The Kentucky women’s cross country team won its lone home meet, the Bluegrass Invitational, while the men’s team finished second on Saturday at Masterson Station Park.
UK freshman Sophie Carrier won the women’s individual 5,000-meter race, and junior Brennan Fields won the men’s 8k.

Women’s team report
The Wildcats took the first through fifth-place spots to come out comprehensive winners.
Carrier, UK’s top finisher and eighth overall in her collegiate debut last Saturday at the Queen City Invitational, improved her season-best 5k time by more than 11 seconds to win by seven seconds in 18:03.58.

Caitlin Shepard was second in 18:10.61, running about 40 seconds faster than she did last week.

Kaitlyn Lacy was third in 18:18.81, Madisyn Peeples placed fourth in 18:44.10, just ahead of Kelli Walsh in fifth in 18:44.78.

Men’s team report
Fields ran 25:23.20 in his first 8k of the season. Kendall Muhammad, reigning Southeastern Conference Runner of the Week, was third overall in 25:38.90.
Matthew Thomas covered the muddy course in 26:10.00 to place sixth. SEC Freshman of the Week Trevor Warren was eighth in 26:24.90, and Cole Dowdy rounded out UK’s scoring top-five with a time of 26:38.70.

Cross country refresher
Points are scored in cross country corresponding to finishing place. The place of each of the top five finishers on each team are added up and the team with the lowest total wins. Placers outside a team’s top five cannot score so finishers on other teams that might finish behind a team’s No. 6 or No. 7 finisher can get a point total fewer than their overall place in the race.

Women’s team scores
1. Kentucky: 15
2. Ohio: 40
3. Thomas More: 65

Women’s individual 8k results
1. Sophie Carrier: 18:03.58
2. Caitlin Shepard: 18:10.61
3. Kaitlyn Lacy: 18:18.81
4. Madisyn Peeples: 18:44.10
5. Kelli Walsh: 18:44.78
7. Rachel Boice: 18:54.20
11. Mallory Liggett: 19:11.32
14. Sarah Michels: 19:23.92
18. Isabella Galvez: 19:46.52
20. Emily Akin: 20:02.46

Men’s team scores
1. Ohio: 27
2. Kentucky: 28
3. Thomas More: 85

Men’s individual 8k results (UK only)
1. Brennan Fields: 25:23.20
3. Kendall Muhammad: 25:38.90
6. Matthew Thomas: 26:10.00
8. Trevor Warren: 26:24.90
10. Cole Dowdy: 26:38.70
11. Patrick Schaefer: 26:39.50
12. Tanner Dowdy: 26:49.30
15. Dylan Allen: 27:26.10

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