Oct. 19, 2013
Vanderbilt's No. 25 women's cross country team finished 19th at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Saturday in Madison, Wis.
The Commodores were led by senior Liz Anderson, who finished the 6K course in 20:44 for 60th overall in the field of over 300 runners and 36 teams. Juniors Claire Benjamin (21:07) and Rebecca Chandler (21:08) were next across the line for VU. Freshman Carmen Carlos (21:26) and sophomore Vanessa Valentine (21:29) rounded out the scoring for the Commodores, who tallied 559 points. Junior Amira Joseph (21:38) and sophomore Hannah Jumper (21:41) completed the Vandy squad.
The Dores were racing against a loaded field with 16 of the 36 teams running ranked in the top 30 in the nation. No. 3 Arizona won the team competition with 117 points in front of No. 8 Arkansas (136 points) and top-ranked Providence (191 points).
On Friday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. the Commodores men's and women's team raced in the Crimson Classic with the men's team finishing 15th (439 points) and the women's team sixth (196 points).
The women's squad was led by junior Grace Orders, who finished 11th overall with a time of 17:43.60 over the 4.94K course. Katherine Delaney ran a strong race to be the Dores' second finisher in a time of 18:07.42 with freshman Reagan Anderson not far behind in a tie of 18:13.31. Sophomore Sara Barron (18:20.95) and senior Megan Yohe (18:45.17) completed the VU scoring. Senior Kara Slavoski finished in 19:00.06.
Junior John Ewing led the way for the men's team with a 26:25.73 for 75th overall in the 8.033K race. A tight pack of Commodores followed with Andrew Fix (26:51.07), Matthew Cleveland (26:51.29), Nick French (27:00.57) and Jake Van Geffen (27:09.09) rounding out the VU scoring team. Sam Reilly was next across the line in 27:21.89 and Andrew Bachman was not far behind with a time of 27:23.92. David McAdams turned in a time of 27:35.62, Sam Andrews ran 28:18.50 and Dan Henderson posted a 30:16.94.
Both Vanderbilt teams return to racing at the SEC Championships in Gainesville, Fla. on November 1.