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.
At last year’s Commodore Classic, the Ohio State men placed second in a field of 20 teams. The Buckeyes placed three runners inside the top 10 on their way to a team-total score of 68 points. Evan Stifel will be the highest finisher returning from that race; he covered the course in 24:59.7 for an eighth-place showing.
Luke Landis is the only other returner from the 2015 Commodore Classic that finished inside the top 25; he clocked an 8K time of 25:23.9 to earn a 22nd-place showing.
The men will send their whole roster to the meet in hopes of finding out a little bit more about the team. This will be the first race of the year at this distance, and it will help identify which athletes will be able to contribute later in the season as the races get lengthier.
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.