FORT MYERS, Fla. – Traveling to Nashville, Tenn. for the second meet of the fall season, the FGCU Cross Country teams are set to compete at the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt this weekend. The men will compete in an 8km race beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Running on the Vaughn’s Gap Course, the weekend event will provide an opportunity for the Eagles to preview the location of the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in late October.
The Eagles will take to the course with 25 other programs, including Alabama, Alabama A&M, Belmont, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Jacksonville St., Lipscomb, Marshall, Memphis, Middle Tennessee St., Tennessee St., Tennessee-Martin and host Vanderbilt.
FGCU opened the fall season with a strong showing at the FGCU Invitational. Marking just the second home event in program history, the men’s squad finished first in the four-team event which included FAU, FIU and Miami.
On the men’s side of the invitational, the Eagles claimed four of the top 10 spots, led by sophomore Argeo Cruz (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee HS) and redshirt classmate Gilbert Chemaoi (Eldoret, Kenya/Eastern Kentucky). Cruz finished first overall in the 4-mile race with a time of 20:25.10, just ahead of Chemaoi’s 20:39.80, good for second place in the field of 33 runners.
Results and recaps from the Saturday race will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com at the conclusion of the event.