Oct. 5, 2013
Vanderbilt's No. 26 women's cross country team placed 13th in the gold division of the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday with the men's squad placing fourth in the blue division.
In the men's 8K race, the Commodores put together a solid effort to place fourth in the blue division. John Ewing led the way running 26:22.09 to place 30th overall. Freshman Jake Van Geffen ran another steady race with a time of 26:43.93 to be the Dores' second finisher. Matthew Cleveland (27:11.96), Andrew Fix (27:21.37) and Nick French (27:25.56) rounded out VU's scoring squad. Andrew Bachman (27:53.58) and Sam Reilly (28:05.25) followed by Sam Andrews (28:47.89) and Dan Henderson (30:27.90) completing the Commodores' team.
"I am very pleased with the men's efforts today. As a team they worked well together and are starting to gain confidence as the season progresses," Riley said.
The Commodores were led by Amira Joseph, making her 2013 debut, running 18:05.13 over the 5K course for a 40th place finish. Vanderbilt sent only five runners to Louisville to comprise a scoring team with Katherine Delaney (18:18.13), Reagan Anderson (18:39.96), Megan Yohe (19:02.06) and Kara Slavoski (19:22.08) following Joseph across the line.
"Kat Delaney really put herself out there today and showed significant improvement from the Commodore Classic. Kat ran a PR of 18:18 and placed 2nd for our team," assistant coach Rhonda Riley said. "This was a great learning experience for the ladies and they will continue to put in quality training leading into their next race."
Both teams return to action in two weeks with the women's team sending runners to the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on October 19 and both the men's and women's team sending runners to the Crimson Classic on October 18.