The Oglethorpe cross country teams competed at the Piedmont Invitational Saturday morning in Tallulah Falls, with the men's squad finishing third overall, putting up an average time of 30 minutes, one second and total time of 2:30.1. The women's squad saw sophomore Hava Stenn set a school six-kilometer record, finishing seventh in 24:06.5.
The men's team, competing without their top runners on the season so far, tallied a top three finish on the morning. Sophomore Jonathan Vernon finished 11th with a time of 28:12.9, while freshman Slater Guevara came in 23rd at 29:44.0. Sophomore Will Pursell came in 24th at 30:16.1, while sophomore Jonathan Carden finished 30th at 30:43.8. The Petrels saw every member of their squad finish in the top half of the field, as freshman Nicholas Wootton finished 32nd in 31:09.1, freshman Lindsey Green came in 34th at 31:44.6, and freshman Tre' Rice finished 35th at 31:53.0.
On the women's side, Stenn paced the Petrels with her top 10 performance, but freshman Reagan Goodwin was well in the top half of the field, also, posting a time of 25:26.9 and finishing 16th. Freshman Meghan Myler came in 40th in 29:34.4.
"We had some good performances today," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "Hava Stenn set a school record in the six-kilometer race and finished in the top 10 on the women's side. Our B team ran very well on the men's side. Many of them ran personal bests or season bests on what was a tough, hilly course. Overall, it was a very productive day for our group."
The Petrels will close out the regular season next weekend, when they travel to Mount Berry for the Berry Invitational on Saturday. After that, they'll get set to host the SAA Cross Country Championships at Nash Farm Battlefield in Hampton on Oct. 28.