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Belmont Opener

Belmont Opener

NASHVILLE, TN — The Belmont Bruins Women's Cross Country season begins on Friday as they host the Belmont Opener 5K run at Percy Warner Park.

Belmont enters this meet ranked 11th in the South Region, according to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches association (USTFCCCA). This is the highest ranking for the OVC in this region, and it's three spots higher than in 2017.

The Women's Cross Country program received sophomore, Ruth Wiggins, who is a transfer from the top ranked school in the South Central Region, The University of Arkansas. It will be exciting for the program to see her, along with transfer, Courtney Alama from the University of Minnesota, competing for the Bruins.

Junior, Kortney Schardt, will be looking to make a statement this season after being named All-OVC Second Team in 2017. She posted the best time for Belmont during the Belmont Opener, finishing 12th overall with a time of 18 minutes 41 seconds. 

Belmont previously finished 3rd in the Belmont Opener behind Lipscomb and Vanderbilt, and they will be hoping to improve this year's finish on Friday.

The Bruins will be competing against 8 schools total at the Belmont Opener, including fellow OVC opponent, Tennessee State, as well as a number of other schools in Nashville, including Vanderbilt, who is ranked 8th in the South Region, and Lipscomb, who is ranked 13th.

The Women's 5K begins at 5:00 p.m. on Aug. 31 at Percy Warner Park.