Oct. 12, 2012
MADISON, Wis. — The Vanderbilt women’s cross country team finished 18th at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Friday, October 12, scoring 489 team points. The field was the deepest in the nation on the season, featuring 20 top-30 programs.
Anderson and Findley stuck together, finishing 36th and 37th with identical times of 20:22. Jumper was close behind, placing 59th with a mark of 20:34.
The rest of the Commodores struggled to keep up with the top-three. Kristen Smith scored 165 points, finishing in 21:10. Rebecca Chandler contributed 192 points to the team score, clocking a time of 21:20.
Iowa State won the team title with 109 points. Cal Poly freshman Laura Hollander won the individual title, shattering the course record with a time of 19:33.
The women’s “B” squad will run tomorrow at the Evansville Invitational.
In two weeks, Vanderbilt will return to action when the host the 2012 SEC Championships at Percy Warner Park on Friday, October 26. The Commodores will be looking to defend their 2011 women’s team conference championship.
Head Coach Steve Keith
On the top-three finishers (Anderson, Findley and Jumper)…
“Just super races for our top three. Liz and K-Fin worked very well together and Hannah stayed with them for a good part of the race. They are in great shape and racing well.”
On Kristen Smith…
“K-Smith is sick and while she really helped the group up to the middle of the race she just couldn’t hold onto the front pack. She’s tough and she’ll rebound well for the SEC meet in two weeks.”
On Rebecca Chandler…
“Becca had a really solid effort as our fifth runner and she gained some valuable experience in a big race.”
On the meet as a whole…
“I’m proud of our effort today, but we still haven’t put together that great, complete race with everyone firing on all cylinders. We know we’re close and look forward to showing this at the SEC Championships.”