NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University women's cross country will be traveling to the Sunshine State this weekend as they compete in the NCAA South Regional 6K race at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.
As on the men's side, the top two teams and the top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to nationals Nov. 23 at Indiana State.
The Bruins last raced on Nov. 2, where they delivered a strong third-place showing at the OVC Championships. It was the highest finish for the team since they joined the Ohio Valley Conference in 2012. The Bruins enjoyed five top 20 finishers, led by seniors All-OVC performers Kortney Schardt and Sierra Lax.
As is the case when cross country season reaches its crescendo, Belmont will face some of the nation's top distance programs, including Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Lipscomb, Ole Miss, Middle Tennesse and Tennessee, each placed in the latest USTFCCCA rankings.
Director of cross country and track & field Jeff Langdon believes the women's program is primed for another impressive showing.
"The ladies are ready to go," Langdon told belmontbruins.com. "Coach (Kate) Bucknam has our team peaking at the right time. We want to improve significantly upon last year's finish, which I am confident we can do."
Last year, the Bruins finished 14th at the NCAA South Regional; Schardt placed 45th.
The women's 6K race is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. CT.
Live streaming will be provided via FloTrack.