NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt men’s and women’s cross country teams are set to compete at the NCAA South Regional Championships hosted by Florida State. Races will start on Friday at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. CT for the women and men, respectively.
“We’re looking forward to testing ourselves in another championship setting,” said head coach Steve Keith. “Tallahassee is a great course and should provide for some great races. Our men, ranked 12th, have a shot at a top-10 finish so I know they’re ready to run, while the women have a top-5 goal and also some incentive as we’ll be racing a couple of teams that finished just ahead of us at SEC’s.”
- Eight runners for both squads will represent Vanderbilt in Tallahassee.
- Reagan Bustamante, Grace Jensen, Anna Grace Morgan, Gillian Mortimer, Carolina Pietrzyk, Mailin Struck, Haley Walker and Ana Wallace will compete for the women.
- Jonah Bird, Matthew Estopinal, Edward Harpstead, Andrew Irvine, Nick Laning, Lucas Mowery, Harrison Thomas and Caleb Van Geffen will run for the men.
- The Commodore women are looking to make its first appearance at the NCAA Championships since 2015.
- The women will be running a 6k course made up of two three-kilometer loops.
- The men will be running 10k, containing four loops: two at two kilometers and two at three.
- Over 30 schools will be competing for berths at the NCAA Championships.
Last Time Out
- Nick Laning earned all-SEC honors at the SEC Championships, the second Commodore to ever do it, and the first in 53 years.
- Ana Wallace was tabbed with a SEC All-Freshman honor.
- The women finished sixth and the men finished 10th at the SEC Championships. The men finished with just 239 points—its fewest since 1980.
- If qualified, the Commodores will continue their seasons at the NCAA Championships, in Terre Haute, Indiana on Nov. 23.