NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University women's cross country returns to the race trails this weekend as they compete at the Commodore Classic 8K run hosted by Vanderbilt University.
The Bruins placed second in the Belmont Opener 5K race two weeks ago. Belmont was led by senior Kortney Schardt, who captured a second consecutive individual race title this year with a time of 17:53. Senior Sierra Lax was the next Bruin to cross the finish line, she finished 10th with a time of 18:42.
Schardt was named Ohio Valley Conference Runner of the Week last week. Fellow Bruin junior Ben Naeger was also honored as OVC Runner of the Week with his efforts during the Belmont Opener on the men's side.
Character has been a word thrown around the Bruins' training grounds over the past few weeks. "Coach (Joe) Frye used the term, instilling character and inspiring greatness." program director Jeff Langdon said. "We think someone of character will achieve greatness and be successful. We feed off of that."
The Commodore Classic will test that collective character, as a deep, talented field gathers in Nashville. The field includes Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Ohio State, Indiana, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, Xavier, Lipscomb, High Point, Tennessee Tech, Kennesaw, Mississippi State, and UAB.
The women's race is slated for 9:15 a.m. from Percy Warner Park.