Commodores Travel to South Bend

Competing in historic cross country meet

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt cross country will travel to South Bend, Indiana, to compete in the Joe Piane Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Friday.

The meet is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. with the women’s five-kilometer race. The Commodores will compete against Alabama, Boise State, Bradley, Butler, Charlotte, Florida State, Liberty, North Carolina State, Navy, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Penn State, Purdue, Southern Methodist, San Francisco, Southern Utah, Toledo and UC-Santa Barbara.

The men’s five-mile race starts at 1:15 p.m. Also participating are Buffalo, IUPUI, Loyola Marymount, Marquette, Milwaukee, Nebraska, San Francisco, South Alabama, Texas Tech, UC-Riverside, Valparaiso, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Youngstown State.

Vanderbilt competed in Bloomington, Indiana, on Sept. 16 at the Coaching Tree Invitational hosted by Indiana University where men’s and women’s teams notched top-10 finishes.

The women were led by senior Niki Narayani who has paced the Commodores in both races so far this season. Freshman Michael Schumacher has anchored the men’s team, finishing first for Vandy in each race.

Heading into South Bend, the Vanderbilt women are ranked No. 6 in the South Region according to the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. The Commodores rank ahead of SEC opponent Auburn and in-state foes Lipscomb and Middle Tennessee.