Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University women's cross country team will look to better an eighth-place finish in last week's season opener at UT-Chattanooga when they go across town to compete in the Commodore Classic.
The Commodore Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt University, will be held at Vaughn's Gap inside Percy Warner Park on Saturday, September 18th. The women's 5k is set to begin at 10 a.m.
Teams competing include: Belmont (M,W), Bethel (M,W), Blue Mountain (M,W), Chattanooga (M,W), Freed-Hardeman (M, W), Lipscomb (M,W), Middle Tennessee State (M,W), Murray State (M,W), Rhodes (M,W), Southeast Missouri State (M,W), University of Tennessee (M,W), Trevecca Nazarene (M,W), Sewanne (M,W), Vanderbilt University (M,W), West Florida (M,W), and Xavier-Louisiana (M,W).
In last year's Commodore Classic, the Tigerbelles finished 18th in the team standings (535 points). Sophomores, Gabrielle Todd and Kenisha Ladler are the only returners familiar with the course. Todd finished with a time of 27:32:68 (112) and Ladler completed the course in 27:42.70.
Junior, Brittney Washington, and freshman, Tiffany Harris, look to lead the way in their second event. Last week, both runners finished one and two for TSU at the PowerAde Invitational (9/10). Washington was the first Tigerbelle to cross the finish line with a time of 14:16, with Harris following with a time of 14:22 in the two-mile race.
Women's cross country will hit the road again when they compete in the Morehouse College Invitational in Atlanta, Ga. The race is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start at Perkerson Park.