NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In the second competition of the season, WKU Cross Country saw
upperclassmen Endalow Takele and Savannah Ames lead their respective races at the
Commodore Classic from Nashville, Tenn. WKU placed 14th as a team on the men’s side
while the women posted a 17th-place finish.
Takele finished 47th overall in the men’s 8K competition with a mark of 26:11.9 as
the Hilltoppers saw their first 8K course of the season. Julien Cuyeu was WKU’s
second finisher, crossing the line with a 26:29.3 reading for 59th. Taylor
Scarbrough added a top-100 finish as well, earning a 27:10.6 time on the Percy
Warner Park course. Alexander Schell finished with a time of 29:09.9 for 137th while
Barrett Eddings rounded out WKU competitors with a time of 30:17.7 for 143rd.
As a team, the Hilltoppers owned an average time of 27:52 for 14th in the field of
15 squads. Middle Tennessee took the team title while Butler and Lipscomb also
finished in the top three. Also out of Conference USA, Marshall took 10th as a
In the women’s 5K, WKU saw senior Ames lead the way with a mark of 20:21.5, her top
time of the year, for a 140th finish individually. Crossing second for the Lady
Toppers was Brianna Wolken in 166th with a reading of 21:49.4. Rylie Mercer and
Morgan Kannapel finished 169th and 170th with marks of 22:00.8 and 22:44.8,
respectively. Aairiona Hayden-Ransom rounded out the WKU competitors with a 24:26.7
In the field of 17, Ohio State took the women’s team crown while Vanderbilt and
Missouri claimed second and third place. From C-USA Middle Tennessee grabbed ninth
while Marshall finished 15th. WKU posted an average race time of 22:17 to take 17th.
WKU Cross Country is back in action at the end of the month at the Greater
Louisville Classic on Sept. 30 up the road in Louisville.
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