Wetzel leads Vandy to First Place Finish

Wetzel leads Vandy to First Place Finish


The Commodores finished first out of 12 teams this morning at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn. Sophomore Ashleigh Wetzel was able to maintain a fifteen second lead throughout the majority of the five kilometer race to comfortably win the Commodore Invitational with a time of 18:29.61.

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Head Coach Jim Spivey was very pleased with today’s performance.

“The meet went really well,” Spivey said. “I told the team that if they ran a 19:30 race they would be able to finish in the top five.”

The team did just this with three of the top four finishers being from Vandy.

“Today’s race bodes well for the future,” Spivey stated.

Sophomore Shannon Capps ran an impressive 19:29.96 and was able to break up a pack of Belmont runners and help add to the team score. Despite the hot weather, Coach Spivey felt that the times very impressive, and Wetzel agreed.

“I felt really good running today, the heat didn’t really get to me till the second part of the race,” Wetzel said. “Coach Spivey has really trained us well. We are really looking forward to the big meets, such as Stanford and Notre Dame, and Nationals is a major goal for us.”

Junior Erika Schneble, an All-American from last year, did not compete in today’s race due to injury. Coach Spivey said that her status would be reevaluated on October 1.

In two weeks, the Commodores will go to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete in Stanford’s Invitational.