Gopetrels.com concludes its look at the traditional fall sports by previewing the season ahead for the men's and women's cross country teams.
2011 Cross Country Preview
The 2011 men's and women's cross country teams start their respective seasons off with a bang beginning Saturday, September 3. In addition to their other conference rivals Sewanee and Southwestern, OU's harriers will race against three schools ranked in the top of the South/Southeast Region plus Division I power Mississippi State on Saturday in the heralded season opener.
Traveling to Monteagle, Tennessee where host University of the South (Sewanee) enjoys home turf, the men's race includes Rhodes (ranked 3rd), Emory (ranked 4th) and Centre (ranked 7th). In the women's race, those same three colleges are selected as the top three in preseason polls conducted by the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association.
It will be an auspicious start for a very young petrel team. The men's team will be lead by a pair of experienced sophomores, Robbie Capps and Phillip Belcher, 2011 Co-Captains. Freshmen Dave Whitson (Gainesville H.S.), Allen Griner (Creekview H.S.), Luq Mohammed (Grayson H.S.), Michael Caneega (Dublin H.S.) and Alan Luvianos (Meadowcreek H.S.) have shown early promise of filling out the scoring. They are joined by a cadre of men newer to the sport including Daniel Reveles and Omar Arroyo (both of Campbell H.S.), Freddy Carbajal (Norcross H.S.) and Jesus Quiroga (Osborne H.S.).
The women's team, also captained by sophomores, Tirzah Brown and Khadija Nisar, are joined by Donyale Greenwell (Abington H.S., PA), Katy Galli (Gill St. Bernards School, NJ), Lindsey Glenn (Frederica Academy), Dona Kioseff (Lowndes County H.S.), Candace Mendez (West Plano H.S.,TX), Lisa Hoffman (Gymnasium St. Michael, Germany) and Belen Rodriguez (Campbell H.S.).
Coach Unger anticipates a good showing in all meets in 2011 as the young harriers continue to improve. The 2011 schedule is highlighted by Oglethorpe hosting its annual Classic on October 15 with the women starting at 8:30 a.m. and the men at 9:25 a.m. To view the complete 2011 cross country schedule, go here.