In its third trip to the Volunteer State in as many weeks, WKU Cross Country used this weekend’s Vanderbilt Commodore Classic as a training opportunity to prepare for upcoming competitions.

Freshman Heather Whitlow ran a 22:04.8 5K mark to finish 169th in the field of nearly 200 competitors. Whitlow has led the Lady Toppers in all three races of her debut campaign in the red and white.

Whitlow was the lone Lady Topper or Hilltopper to cross the finish line as the meet was used to prepare for the squad’s upcoming schedule. The WKU men competed on an 8K course from Percy Warner Park in Music City at the 15th annual Commodore Classic.

“Vanderbilt provided another quality opportunity against a competitive field for us to continue building towards success,” head coach Erik Jenkins shared. “This was our third meet in a row with an inexperienced group but every opportunity provides value. We didn’t have many finishers in this meet but we took precautions to protect the group long term while still taking advantage of the training opportunity.”

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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