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Running For Gold

Running For Gold

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

The women haven't raced in competition since Sept. 14 where they placed 16th in the Commodore Classic.

Senior Kortney Schardt led the Bruins with a time of 22:18 to finish 35th. Sierra LaxKatie Flaherty, Caroline Daniel, and Anna Arrick rounded out the Belmont counters.

Belmont hopes to gets a boost, welcoming junior Claire Cheeseman back in the fold after she missed the opening two meets. "With Claire coming back, and with Kortney (Schardt) and Sierra (Lax) with two good weeks of training under their belts, we feel as though we are in position for a strong showing," assistant coach Kate Bucknam said.

Cheeseman competed in six events in 2018 including a sixth-place finish at the Belmont Opener, a Top 15 at the OVC Championships, and Top 80 at NCAA South Regionals.

The women are running in the Gold Race alongside eight ranked teams, including Eastern Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, Butler, Clemson, Miami (OH), Stephen F. Austin, UTEP, and Wyoming.

The women's race will start at 2:15 p.m. CT on the University of Notre Dame campus.