November 16th, 2015

Former HC runners making their marks at Bellarmine and UK

Staff Report

Former HC runners making their marks at Bellarmine and UK
Jacob Thomson set numerous records at Holy Cross / photos provided by the Bellarmine and University of Kentucky athletic departments

Former Holy Cross runners Jacob Thomson and Karly Gawarecki are making their presence felt at the collegiate level.

Story provided by the Bellarmine athletic department

DANBURY, Conn. — Bellarmine University's Karly Gawarecki has been honored as the Corvias Eastern College Athletic Conference Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Week.

The accolade comes after the Knights' freshman placed 48th overall (22:19.286) in the 6K race at the Division II NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday at Angel Mounds in Evansville, Indiana.

A Louisville native and Holy Cross (Ky.) High School product, Gawarecki broke two-time cross country All-American Emily Frith's freshman 5K record earlier in the season.

Bellarmine's field hockey team is a member of the ECAC's D-II field hockey league, an affiliation that allows other BU teams to be eligible for the conference's awards.

Story provided by the University of Kentucky athletic department

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jacob Thomson was named an individual qualifier for the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

On Friday, Thomson led Kentucky to a ninth place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional.

Thomson finished 10th individually with a personal-best (including track) 10,000-meter time of 29:34.80 at the Southeast Regional. 

By virtue of that result, the Louisville, Kentucky, native qualified to be part the elite field that will run in his hometown at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park next Saturday.

The top-four regional finishers not on advancing teams advanced individually to the NCAA Championships.

Thomson, a sophomore transfer, is the first Wildcat to qualify for the NCAA Championships since Cally Macumber in 2013. Luis Orta was the last UK men’s team member to qualify for NCAAs, in 2012, which was the last time the NCAA Championships were held in Louisville.

Thomson made the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2013, finishing 214th in 32:30.70.

Eighteen teams automatically qualified to the NCAA Championships by finishing as one of the top two teams at each of the nine regional races. The remaining 13 at-large teams were selected by the NCAA Division I Cross Country Subcommittee tomorrow. 

The full NCAA field, as announced on Saturday, is available here.


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