The Brescia men's and women's cross country teams traveled to Nashville, TN to run in Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt University. Both teams placed 8th among all non-Division 1 teams. In all there were 28 teams, where 17 were NCAA Division 1 schools.
The meet began with the men's race, where many of the Bearcats where running the first 8,000m race of their careers. The men were led by Tristan Durbin (Fr) who ran a time of 27:17 in his first attempt at the distance; a time that is the fastest ever run by a Bearcat in their first 8K race. Junior, Drew Atkins followed in 28:16 with Denis Koske (Fr) on his heels, a mere 11 seconds behind, in his first collegiate race. Freshman, Chase McCauley and Trey Drury (Jr) rounded out the scoring for the Bearcats.
In the women's race, Courtney Naas battled illness to lead the Lady Bearcats with a personal record time of 20:36. She was shortly followed by Embra Hawkins (Sr) in 20:45 and Olivia Warren (Sr) in 21:05. Senior classmates Cassandra King and Samantha Walker crossed the finish line in 22:28 and 22:55 respectfully to finish the scoring.
"I feel pretty good about the way things turned out today." said Head Coach Alan Schulze. "We've still got some work to do, but I think everyone ran extremely well. With strong runners up front and some of the guys just learning how to race this distance we've got a lot of room to improve." The cross country teams will hit the course again this Saturday when they travel to Southern Illinois University Carbondale to run the Saluki Invitational.