NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In a field of 24 teams, the Belmont women's cross country team placed third at the Commodore Classic, behind only Alabama and Lipscomb, both of which are ranked in the top 10 in the region. The Bruins placed three runners in the top 11 overall to finish ahead of 21 teams at Percy Warner Park on Saturday morning.
Senior Caitlin Standifer (Plano, Texas) led BU for the second straight meet, placing sixth in a time of 18:18 on the five kilometer course. Junior Nicole Muldowney (Hoover, Ala.) was next to cross the line for the Bruins, placing ninth with a time of 18:21.
"I think we were a lot more confident today than in the last meet," Muldowney said following the race. "We've had some really good training as of late, so we were ready to improve on our performance at the Belmont Opener. We definitely had a better pack today, and we are excited to keep that up in the future."
Freshman Mia Elbon (Nashville, Tenn.) recorded a time of 18:25 and placed 11th overall. Junior Kimberly Muldowney (Hoover, Ala.) and senior Shannon Titus (Bowling Green, Ohio) rounded out the Bruin top five. The former placed 27th in a time of 18:53, while the latter recorded a time of 19:04 to place 35th.
"Finishing third behind Alabama and Lipscomb, as well as three of our girls placing in the top 11, was a good performance for us in our first 5K of the season," Assistant Coach Ashley Casavant said. "Also, it's good to get another race on this home course prior to the Atlantic Sun Championships later in the season."
The Bruins recorded 80 total points, while Alabama and Lipscomb finished first and second, with scores of 45 and 51, respectively. Vanderbilt and Cincinnati rounded out the top five with scores of 105 and 141.