Freshman Jacob Hadden of the Oglethorpe men's cross country team earned SAA Men's Runner of the Week honors on Tuesday, marking the second time in as many weeks the first-year Stormy Petrel earned the accolade.
Hadden had another breakout performance this past weekend in the eight-kilometer race at the Furman Invitational in Greenville, South Carolina. Hadden finished 48th overall, but fifth among Division III athletes, amid a field stacked with Division I and II competitors. Hadden posted a new personal record time of 26 minutes, 40.5 seconds. This put him fourth all-time in Oglethorpe history and allowed the men's team to finish 10th overall at the meet, second among Division III teams.
"We are super proud in all that Jacob has accomplished this season so far!" said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "He has demonstrated his toughness and ability to work hard. Overall, it is his positive attitude day-in and day-out that have allowed him to race so well so early on in the season. I see great things to come from this young man!"
Hadden and the rest of the Petrels will now get set for the Mountain Dew Invitational Sept. 23 in Gainesville, Florida, where they'll again take on a variety of Division I and II competition. After that, they'll return to largely Division III competition in October to prepare for the SAA Championships at the end of the month.