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Chasing Greatness

Jessica King
Jessica King

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont women's cross country team will look continue its recent success with this weekend's race.  The Bruins will race at the highly competitive Greater Louisville Classic to compete on Saturday.

The race features five nationally ranked programs including sixth-ranked Iowa State, eighth-ranked Michigan, 11th-ranked Wisconsin, 19th-ranked Penn State, and 23rd-ranked Minnesota.  Former conference rival Lipscomb received votes in the latest national poll.

The Bruins face will go toe-to-toe with some of top teams across the country, with the majority boasting top-15 rankings in their respective regions.  BU will take on runners from programs including Bucknell (7th, Mid-Atlantic Region), Eastern Kentucky (11th, Southeast Region), Iona (12th, Northeast Region), Loyola (Ill.) (9th, Midwest Region), Middle Tennessee State (15th, South Region), Mississippi (8th, South Region), North Florida (12, South Region), Ohio State (7th, Great Lakes Region), Richmond (13th, Southeast Region), SMU (3rd, South Central Region), Toledo (9th, Great Lakes Region), and West Virginia (3rd, Mid-Atlantic Region).

Joining this group are teams from Bellarmine, Edinboro, Elon, Grand Valley State, Hillsdale, Hope, Indianapolis, La Salle, Minnesota, South Alabama, University of Toronto, Western Kentucky, Western Ontario, OVC foe Morehead State and host-Louisville.

The Bruins last competed at the Vanderbilt-hosted Commodore Classic, where they finished eighth overall.  Senior Hannah Wittman (Lindenhurst, Ill.) continued to pace the Bruins, taking 13th overall in a time of 17:26.0.  Sophomore Jessica King (Fishers, Ind.) battled to take 32nd overall with a time of 17:48.5.

The women's Gold race is set to begin at 9:15 a.m. CT at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.  Results will be available at greaterlouisvilleclassic.runnerspace.com.