Aug. 6, 2012
With the calendar now reading August, the time is nearing for the Vanderbilt cross country program to once again hit the course. With the women's team defending its SEC title and Vanderbilt hosting the 2012 Men's and Women's SEC Cross Country Championships at an updated Percy Warner Park, excitement is starting to build on West End.
For some, it is still taking some getting used to that Vanderbilt is in the national conversation on the women's side, following the Commodores' conference title and sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2011.
Just how did the program get to this point and what is the next step? Sean Cartel of the SEC Digital Network caught up with Head Coach Steve Keith to talk about the state of the program.
Fans and runners who head out to Percy Warner for either the Commodore Classic on September 15 or the SEC Championships on October 26 will be quick to notice two new bridges on the course.
"These bridges desperately needed attention," said Keith. "We got an initial gift from an alum and used that as seed money to start on the project. With support from our administration, parents, some of the other local schools and the Nashville/Davidson Metro Parks Department, we were able to get it done."
The two new bridges on the course will not only help the aesthetics, but also will contribute to the competition level.
"The first new bridge is 400 meters from the start and it's a lot wider than the old one," Keith explained. "Now we won't have that first big bottleneck of the race until we get to the first turn."
To see photos of the finished product, as well as some photos of the construction, check out the Photo Gallery.
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