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Luck of the Irish

Luck of the Irish

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  - Belmont University men's cross country travels to South Bend, Indiana this weekend to race in the 64th Annual Joe Piane Invitational.

The men haven't raced since Sept. 14, where they finished sixth in the Commodore Classic with 140 points.

Sophomore Jacob McLeod led the Bruins with a top 15 finish, while his brother senior Kaleb McLeod finished 24th overall. Junior Ben Naeger, sophomore Taylor Vroon and senior Ben Weisel also finished top 50.

One change to the lineup will be the addition of freshman Finn Birnie, who is slated to run according to program director Jeff Langdon. "He is excited," Langdon told belmontbruins.com. "I think he (Finn) is on an upward trajectory and his pace and contribution can help us." Birnie a United Kingdom native, ran as team captain for the Truro School.

The blue division race will feature 15 of the top 35 teams in the country, including Alabama, which resides one spot ahead of the Bruins (No. 5) in the latest USTFCCAA South Region poll.

Other notable programs include Bradley, Colorado, Colorado State, Florida State, Michigan, NC State, New Mexico, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Weber State. "There are 23 good teams, so you have to find your teammate. You can't let up for 20 seconds or you're going to lose 20 spots and you'll never make it up," Langdon added.

The men's race will start at 12:45 p.m. CT at the Burke Golf Course on the University of Notre Dame campus.

Live results will be provided here.