The Oglethorpe cross country teams will compete at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Saturday morning at Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News, Virginia. The Stormy Petrels will look to cap an outstanding season that saw both teams earn the best finishes in their SAA history, and saw three men's runners take All-SAA honors.
The men's team finished fourth at the SAA Championships in Hampton two weeks ago. In addition, the squad had freshman Bill Lester earn SAA Newcomer of the Year honors after finishing 14th at the event. Sophomore Mateo Villa came in 11th and earned All-SAA Second Team accolades, while Lester and fellow freshman Jacob Hadden earned All-SAA Honorable Mention. Hadden finished 15th at the meet. The three honors were the first All-SAA accolades the cross country program has received.
On the women's side, the squad finished fifth at the SAA meet. That team featured an 18th-place finish from sophomore Hava Stenn, who earned the best-ever finish by a woman in an SAA meet, and came just short of earning All-SAA honors. Freshman Reagan Goodwin finished 20th at the meet, as well, while junior Kara Jones finished 27th.
The top two teams from the men's eight-kilometer and women's six-kilometer races Saturday morning will automatically qualify for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the North Farm Facility in Elsah, Illinois. Additional teams will have the opportunity to qualify via 16 national at-large selections. The top seven men's and women's individual finishers at the regional meet who are not members of teams that qualify will also gain individual qualification to the national meet.
The men's race will get started at 11 a.m., while the women's race is set to get underway at 12:30 p.m. Fans can follow along with live results by clicking here.