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Naeger Sets the Pace

Ben Naeger
Ben Naeger

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On a steamy Friday evening at Percy Warner Park, Belmont University men's cross country continued its tradition of team dominance at the Belmont Opener meet.

With four top-10 finishers, the Bruins easily outdistanced the field laden with local flavor.

  1. Belmont 28 points
  2. Vanderbilt 81 points 
  3. Murray State 97 points 
  4. Lipscomb 98 points 
  5. Western Kentucky 124 points 
  6. Tennessee Tech 127 points 
  7. Austin Peay 169 points
  8. Evansville 170 points
  9. Tennessee State 255 points

Belmont was led by junior Ben Naeger who earned individual race honors with a time of 15:19. He was quickly followed by senior Ben Weisel and sophomore Taylor Vroon who both finished in the top five, under 15:39. Senior Declan McManus and sophomore Jackson Vroon both sprinted their way into the top 15 overall. 

In their first collegiate race, freshmen Isaiah Hollars and Harrison Grzymkowski showed they can hold their own, providing valuable depth for meets to come. It is important to note that both freshmen ran as a separate "B Team," but nonetheless impressed their head coach. 

"It was really good to see Ben Naeger be our number one guy," said program director Jeff Langdon. "Taylor Vroon ran a super race, and it seems like he is getting on track. Ben Weisel ran a great race as well. Pretty solid overall, but I was really impressed by our freshmen Isaiah Hollars and Harrison Grzymkowski; those are some guys we might need at the end of the year. It was good to see them get off to a good start."

2018 national qualifiers Jacob McLeod and Kaleb McLeod were held out, as planned.

Belmont returns to race competition Saturday, Sept. 14th in the Commodore Classic at Percy Warner Park.