Men's Cross Country Finishes 16th at NCAA Regional, Women Led by Stenn's Top-Half Finish

Men's Cross Country Finishes 16th at NCAA Regional, Women Led by Stenn's Top-Half Finish

The Oglethorpe cross country teams competed at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Saturday in Newport News, Virginia, and saw the men earn a 16th place finish out of 32 teams. Meanwhile, the women put all three competitors in the top half of the field of over 200 runners.

The men's team came in 16th, finishing with an average time of 26 minutes, 44 seconds. That gave them 465 points, putting them 23 points behind Methodist and 12 ahead of Texas-Tyler. The Petrels were led on the day by freshman Jacob Hadden, who came in 43rd among a 220-runner field after posting a 25:51.3 on the eight-kilometer course. Sophomore Jonathan Vernon finished 69th after coming in with a time of 26:23.2. Sophomore Nick Berardi rounded out the Petrels finishing in the top half of the field, posting a time of 26:43.3 to earn a spot in the top half of the field at 101st. Sophomore Nick Evans finished in 27:13.6, freshman Bill Lester posted a time of 27:27 and sophomore Mateo Villa recored a mark of 27:48.1.

On the women's side, Stenn finished 70th amid a 240-runner field on the six-kilometer course. She finished with a time of 23:32.2. Freshman Reagan Goodwin finished just behind Stenn in 23:39.5, coming in 74th. Junior Kara Jones also finished in the top half of the field, meaning all three Petrel runners accomplished that feat. Jones came in 113th with a time of 24:34.5.

With the results at the regional meet, the Oglethorpe cross country season now comes to a close. Both teams reached new heights over the course of the season, as the men finished fourth at the SAA Championships and the women finished fifth, the highest either program has finished at the event. The men's team also saw three runners earn All-SAA accolades, including SAA Newcomer of the Year Bill Lester. Stenn earned the highest SAA finish by a women's runner when she finished 18th at the SAA Championships. 

The Petrels will now regroup and get ready to come back strong for the 2018 season. Many of these runners will also compete during the Oglethorpe track and field season, which will get started in January.