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Stacked Field Looks to Challenge Bruins

Stacked Field Looks to Challenge Bruins

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's cross country returns to competition Saturday as they compete at the Commodore Classic 8K run hosted by Vanderbilt University. 

The Bruins placed first in the Belmont Opener 5K race two weeks ago. They were led by junior Ben Naeger who earned individual race honors with a time of 15:19. He was quickly followed by senior Ben Weisel and sophomore Taylor Vroon who both finished in the top five, under 15:39. Senior Declan McManus and sophomore Jackson Vroon both sprinted their way into top 15 overall. 

Naeger was named as Ohio Valley Conference Runner of the last week. Fellow Bruin senior Kortney Schardt was also honored as OVC Runner of the Week with her efforts during the Belmont Opener on the women's side.

"We just want to get the season off to a good start." Started senior Ben Weisel. "We did that at the Belmont Opener but we want to do the same thing in our first 8K. It's a long season, and we want to make sure we are improving every time we get the opportunity to race. It should be a good field and we just want to put ourselves in the mix with some very good teams."

The field is stacked as Belmont will race against Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Ohio State, Indiana, Louisville, Middle Tennessee , Western Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, Xavier, Lipscomb, High Point, Tennessee Tech, and Kennesaw State. 

The national qualifier duo of sophomore Jacob McLeod and senior Kaleb McLeod is scheduled to run after sitting out of the Belmont Opener.

The race will start at 8:30 a.m. - 30 minutes earlier than originally planned - at Percy Warner Park.