LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Facing a field of 17 regionally ranked teams, including five in the country's top-30 only propelled the Belmont women's cross country team to higher heights on Saturday morning at the Greater Louisville Classic. The Bruins placed 17th overall at the highly competitive event and saw two runners battle to finish in the top-75.
BU took 17th to top Iona, a program ranked 12th in the Northeast Region, OVC foe Morehead State, and more in a field of 30 teams.
Leading the way for the Bruins was senior Hannah Wittman (Lindenhurst, Ill.). She cracked the race's top-10 in a field of 260 competitors with a new PR time of 17:12.72. Sophomore Jessica King (Fishers, Ind.) broke into the top-75, notching a 61st place finish with a new PR time of 17:48.07.
"The women's field was loaded with Big 10 powers (Michigan and Wisconsin)," said Graduate Assistant Coach Matt Miller. "Hannah was in third place with a mile to go and but still finished in the top 10 with a PR of 17:12. Jessica King also ran a very solid race and neared her PR for the second consecutive meet."
Belmont returns to action on October 16 at the Crimson Classic, hosted by the University of Alabama.
Belmont Only Results
10. Hannah Wittman 17:12.72
61. Jessica King 17:48.07
167. Mallory Young 18:42.05
174. Hannah Denton 18:46.25
180. Bailee Dean 18:48.92
185. Jessie Wynn 18:52.41
215. Molly Foster 19:10.42