Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio State men's and women's cross country team will run their second race of the season in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, Sept. 16th hosted by Vanderbilt. The women will run a 5k and the men will run an 8k race at the Commodore Classic.
Teams (Men): Austin Peay, Belmont, Butler, IUPUI, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Mid. Tenn. State, Missouri, Ohio State, SIU Carbondale, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky
Teams (Women): Austin Peay, Belmont, Butler, Eastern Michigan, IUPUI, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Mid. Tenn. State, Missouri, Ohio State, SIU Carbondale, Tennessee Tech, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky and Xavier (Ohio)
Men | 10:00 a.m. ET
Women | 11:00 a.m. ET
Vaughn's Gap Cross Country Course
Vaughn's Gap, in Nashville's Percy Warner Park, is a well-maintained, running-only route that measures 5k for women and 8k for men.The course is on of the most scenic and challenging in the Southeast and features beautiful woodlands and more than 10 miles of picturesque running trails.
At last year's Commodore Classic, the Ohio State men placed third out of 23 teams, including a win over No. 28 Louisville. The top three Buckeyes that finished in the top 20 at the 2016 meet will be making a return trip to Nashville this year. This trio consists of Evan Stifel, who was the top finisher for the Buckeyes, placing 10th (24:52.1/8k), Alex Lomong (15th/25:01.5) and Jake Mandel (17th/25:14.1).
Stifel will be returning for his senior year as the Buckeyes top runner and will run in his third Commodore Classic of his career in the Scarlet and Gray. The Cincinnati, Ohio native will be making his 2017 season debut and will look to continue his streak of being Ohio State's best finisher (last eight times he has raced).
The women's team took second place out of 25 teams at last year's Commodore Classic. Three Buckeyes finished in the top 20 and all three will be returning this season to take on the Vaughn Gap Cross Country Course again. Sarah Kanney was the top finisher for the team, with a finishing time of 17:28.4 and was the 13th runner to cross the threshold.