NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Belmont University women's cross country team registered an 18th place finish Saturday morning at the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt.
Eastern Michigan finished first with 68 points while Ohio State posted 87 points for a second place mark and Vanderbilt finished third with 124 points. The Bruins concluded the event with 471 points.
"Today we were presented with some less than ideal conditions. But with that the women did a great job of embracing the weather and sloppy course to execute their game plans," said Assistant Coach Ashley Casavant.
The Bruins produced two top 100 finishers as Kortney Schardt led Belmont with a 63rd place finish and a mark of 18:13.5. Schardt has led the Bruins now in each of her first two races as a collegiate. Joining Schardt in the top 100 was teammate Hannah Denton who finished 75th with a mark 18:20.9, and finished as Belmont's second place finisher for the second-straight week.
Missouri's Karissa Schweizer was the individual winner with a mark of 16:46.7.
The event featured a talent rich pool of competitors as 12 of the 26 schools represented entered the weekend ranked within the Top 15 in their respective region according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
"Freshman Kortney Schardt led the troops again this week and ran about three seconds off of where she was at our Opener," remarked Casavant. "We feel that the entire gorup's effort was about 30-45 seconds faster than what their times showed. Regardless, we learned a lot and got better today and that will come into play in a couple weeks when we race at Notre Dame."
BU returns to action Friday, Sept. 30 when it heads to the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind.