Cross Country Returns to Action Saturday at Vanderbilt
Men run at 10 a.m. ET; women at 11 a.m. ET
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—The Thundering Herd cross country team returns to action Saturday at the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The gun goes off at 10 a.m. ET for the men’s 8K, followed at 11 a.m. ET by the women’s 5K.
The race will be the first meet for the Herd where it will see Conference USA opposition. Conference foes Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky are among the 17 women’s and 15 men’s teams competing in Nashville.
The team returns to Vanderbilt for the third consecutive year and for the fourth time in the past five years. A year ago, the men finished 13th out of 23 schools, and the women finished 20th out of 25 teams.
The Herd returns to competition for its second of four regular season meets. The team last competed at the Morehead State Eagle Opener on September 1. Juniors Taylor Craigo and Daniel Green led the women and men respectively.
Assistant Coach Caleb Bowen on the meet
“The meet is a little smaller than last year, so we’ll have more room at the beginning. A lot of times in those big races, you can’t pick up your speed until after the first mile. A lot depends on the conditions; it’s supposed to be hot, especially for the women’s race.”
On the men’s preparation
“Our training is more geared towards the 8K and 10K, so I think we’ll do better than we did at the 5K at Morehead. I really think that we can have our top-five faster at Vanderbilt than we did last year. But we’ll have to wait and see, we are depending on freshmen to do that. This is really their first 8K.”
On Taylor Craigo and the women’s preparation
“I would love to see Taylor come in prepared to lead the team again. If she believes in herself and her training, she is going to run a heck of a race. I believe she can go sub-19 minutes”
“We ran really well as a pack at Morehead. I hope to see our pack up higher, and I would like to see us compete more against other teams instead of ourselves. I’m looking for a number five runner to step up.”
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