OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University cross country gears up for the Commodore Classic in Nashville on Saturday. It will be their second meet of the year following a bye week after their season-opener at Indiana on September 2.
While the meet at IU was more of a warm-up that let the runners finally get out and compete against other schools, the Commodore Classic is where Director of TF/XC Tom Chorny wants to get down to business. He ramped up the team’s training during the bye week to get them ready to go to battle at Vanderbilt.
“We ran a rather hard work out and they rose to the occasion,” Chorny said. “The guys and the girls both did excellent with the work out.”
The men’s team came out strong at Indiana last week and proved they can take on good competition by comfortably beating Ohio State and smashing Wisconsin en route to a third-place finish. Currently ranked ninth in the Great Lakes Region by the USTFCCCA, the men feel good about the coming weekend.
“We’re looking really good as a team,” said sophomore Sean Torpy, who placed eighth in the team’s first race of the fall. “We’re really cohesive and all looking forward to competing towards the same goal.”
In addition to host Vanderbilt, Torpy and the rest of the guys group will be running against Austin Peay, Belmont, Butler, IUPUI, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, Missouri, Murray State, Ohio State, SIU Carbondale, Tennessee Tech, Western Kentucky, and Xavier.
Speaking on the list of schools registered to race, Chorny said, “The good thing is that we’ll have some competition to run against and we could end up finding out a lot more about where we are as a team.”
Senior Alesha Vovk, a solid contributor for the women’s team, has just as much confidence in her squad and its ability to bounce back after finishing fifth of five teams at Indiana. Vovk sat out last fall with an injury but is now healthy and ready to get back out on the course.
“We’ve had a lot of good workouts the past couple weeks,” Vovk said. “I’m excited to be with my teammates and work together to hopefully have another good showing this weekend at Vandy.”
Joining the women in Nashville will be Austin Peay, Belmont, Butler, Eastern Michigan, IUPUI, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, Missouri, Murray State, Ohio State, SIU Carbondale, Tennessee Tech, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, and Xavier.
The men will begin Saturday’s meet at 9 a.m. and the women will follow at 10 a.m. Live results will be available here.