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Sept. 15, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country team will compete at their second meet of the year on Saturday (Sept. 17) at the Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn.

The event will be held at Percy Warner Park with the men’s race starting at 10 a.m. ET and the women will follow at 11 a.m. The men will be running their first 8K of the season, while the women will traverse a 5K course.

The women placed sixth last year at the Commodore Classic with a team score of 161 points. This year, the Scarlet and Gray will trot out a lineup of 13 athletes, nine of whom have never competed at this course.

Freshman Lainey Studebaker, one of the nine who has never been to the Commodore Classic, made her presence well known at the first meet of the season taking gold at the Queen City Invite with a 6K time of 21:35.9.

Lilly Saniel-Banrey, a sophomore, is Ohio State’s top returning finisher from last year’s race; she placed 33rd in a field of 244 runners with a 5K readout of 17:49.1. Brittany Atkinson, Rachel Weber and Kaitlyn Willette are the other three returners who have competed at this event.

The Buckeyes are relying heavily on a contingent of newcomers in 2016; five of the Scarlet and Gray’s top nine finishers from the Queen City Invite were freshman or transfers.

THE FIELD

Over 20 schools will be in attendance including a couple of USTFCCCA ranked teams. Vanderbilt, the host, has its women’s team ranked 28th in the nation and No. 19 Mississippi State will be in attendance as well. On the men’s side, the lone ranked team is No. 28 Louisville.