EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Belmont women's cross country team won its first meet of the year on Saturday, defeating 10 teams at the Evansville Invitational. Four Bruins placed in the top eight overall, including freshman Mia Elbon (Nashville, Tenn.), who took third out of 111 competitors.
Elbon led Belmont for the first time this year, crossing the line in 18:16.87 on the five kilometer course. The freshman was followed closely by senior Caitlin Standifer (Plano, Texas), who was fourth overall in a time of 18:23.76.
Junior Nicole Muldowney (Hoover, Ala.) was the next Bruin to finish, placing sixth with a time of 18:30.06. Juniors Shannon Titus (Bowling Green, Ohio) and Courtney Bishop (Brentwood, Tenn.) rounded out the scorers for BU. The former placed eight in a time of 18:34.29, while the latter crossed the line in 18:52.58 to place 16th.
The Bruins totaled 32 team points, defeating runner-up Southern Illinois by 25. The host Purple Aces, Murray State, and A-Sun foe Lipscomb rounded out the top five at the meet.
Belmont is hitting its stride at the most opportune time as the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships is next on the schedule. The league meet is set for October 29 at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.