WKU cross country teams turn in top-10 finishes at Commodore Classic

WKU sophomore cross country runners Baylee Shofner and Taylor Carlin compete in the Vanderbilt Commodore Classic on Sept. 14, 2013. Luke Franke/HERALD

Alexus Richardson

The WKU men’s and women’s cross country teams returned to Nashville this weekend for Saturday’s Commodore Classic at Percy Warner Park.

It’s the second time in two weeks WKU has raced at Percy Warner Park, as the men’s and women’s teams finished third and seventh, respectively, at the Belmont opener on Aug. 29.

The Hilltoppers finished Saturday’s race sixth out of the 15 men’s teams, and the Lady Toppers placed 10th out of 17 women’s teams.

Senior David Mokone placed fourth in the Belmont Opener for WKU, and on Saturday, Mokone led the Hilltoppers with a 13th-place finish, pacing a sixth place overall finish for the men. Mokone tallied a time of 25:15.49.

Sophomore Peter Agaba and Junior Aaron Stevens came in after Mokone with times of 25:23.42 and 25:37.63, respectively. Agaba finished in 21st place and Stevens came in at 32nd.

The Lady Toppers posted a 10th-place overall finish, and junior Katie Lever led the way with a finishing time of 17:26.74, which was good for a 10th place individual finish. Lever’s performance was the highest individual finish among both the men’s and women’s teams.  Junior Taylor Carlin, who was a top five finisher in all six of the Lady Toppers’ meets last season, got her niche back and came in as the second place finisher among the women with a time of 17:58.12, which was good for 30th place overall.

Junior Baylee Shofner placed third for the women and 63rd overall with a finishing time of 18:32.06.

“There was a lot of growth in the meet,” Head Coach Eric Jenkins said. “We learned a lot about who we are as a team and what we need to be successful. So I like where we are. We have a long way to go, but I like the direction we’re headed.”

The teams will be out of action for the next three weeks before the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville on Oct. 4.