A young WKU Cross Country unit is set to open its 2018 season on the road in Nashville on Friday. Action from the Belmont Opener is slated for a 5 p.m. CT, gun for the women’s 5K race and a 5:30 p.m. start for the men’s 5K. Percy Warner Park – Vaughn’s Creek Cross Country Course will serve as the venue for the season-opening outing.

The Hilltoppers will rely on six collective returners to help lead the unit that includes 10 newcomers this fall. On the men’s side, Donnie Fry (junior) and Maor Seged (senior) will play valuable leadership roles with six freshmen joining them on the roster. For the Lady Toppers, Rebecca Cook (sophomore), Aairiona Hayden-Ransom (sophomore), Morgan Kannapel (sophomore) and Brianna Wolken (junior) will show four freshmen the ropes.

Making the trip to Music City this weekend are Matthew Wininger, Emmerson Wells, Dedrick Troxel, Michael Sherman and Luke Hoover for the WKU men’s squad. On the women’s side, Cook, Hayden-Ransom, Kannapel, Wolken, Abby Luce and Heather Whitlow.

This weekend’s Belmont Opener marks the first of four-straight weekends the WKU distance squads will head to Tennessee. In their next trip to the Volunteer State, the Hilltoppers will head to Cookeville for the Tennessee Tech-hosted Golden Eagle Invite.

How to follow WKU Cross Country: For complete information on WKU Cross Country, follow the team on Twitter at @WKUTrackField.



Jessica Leifheit

Assistant Director

WKU Athletic Communications/Media Relations


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