LOUISVILLE, Ky. - - Belmont University women's cross country finished 16th in the 2018 Greater Louisville Classic Saturday, with Kortney Schardt once again leading the way for the Bruins.
The Bruins ended up racing against a deep and talented field, going up against schools such as SMU, Eastern Kentucky, and Michigan, who won the event.
As with the previous meets in the Belmont Opener and Commodore Classic, the Bruins gained valuable experience and greater understanding of running as a newly formed team headed towards conference.
"It was a very competitive field, so the results don't really speak truly to how the women actually ran," said Belmont head coach Jeff Langdon.
One thing that Belmont was working to improve on was staying together in a pack, and the ladies felt like they executed that game plan much better this week as opposed to two weeks ago at the Commodore Classic.
"Our team plan was to race together and find each other throughout the race," said senior Courtney Alama. "Personally I think that we did a nice job with that and seeing my teammates definitely gave me motivation."
"I feel like we did a better job than at Vandy finding our teammates," said sophomore Claire Cheeseman. "I was able to see Courtney [Alama] and Kortney [Schardt] the whole time. We still need to be able to move up once we find each other."
Kortney Schardt finished with the best time for the Bruins today, finishing in 41st position with a time of 17:49.9, followed by Alama (18:19.8) and Cheeseman (18:23.3), who both posted top 70 finishes.
The next race for Belmont will be Oct. 13, as they will travel to Madison, Wisconsin to race in the NCAA Pre-Nationals.
41. Kortney Schardt, Jr., 17:49.9
64. Courtney Alama, Sr., 18:19.8
68. Claire Cheeseman, So., 18:23.3
95. Sierra Lax, Jr., 18:47.1
174. Taylor Cuneo, Fr., 19:33.8
187. Anna Arrick, So., 19:43.3
201. Maria Brauer, So., 19:55.7