SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Belmont Bruins men's cross country team placed 20th at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.
The Bruins wrapped up the event with a team score of 495 and a total team time of 2:04.16. Sophomore Jacob McLeod led Belmont with a 33rd placement individually with a team-best time of 24:04.58.
"We were the last team invited into the topflight race, so that speaks highly of our program, but it also provided a wonderful learning opportunity for later in the season," said director of cross country Jeff Langdon. "The early torrid pace took its toll on us a bit and we just didn't have enough juice to recover."
"I am confident we will bounce back and use this experience to fuel us," Langdon said. "We have a deep and talented team and that didn't change today. Our focus remains to peak in November, so we still have time to learn, grow and come together stronger."
Overall, eight Bruins competed in the Joe Piane Invitational in a stacked field that featured Colorado, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Purdue and Notre Dame.
33. Jacob McLeod, So. – 24:04.58
85. Kaleb McLeod, Sr. – 24:33.99
114. Ben Naeger, Jr. – 24:57.30
124. Taylor Vroon, So. – 25:05.90
139. Declan McManus, Sr. – 25:33.66
145. Jackson Vroon, So. – 25:45.44
151. Finn Birnie, Fr. – 26:40.62