The Oglethorpe cross country teams had a very successful day at the Sewanee Invitational in Tennessee Saturday morning. The men's team won the meet with a final score of 25 and an average time of 27 minutes, 43 seconds on the eight-kilometer course. Sophomore Jacob Hadden finished first individually at the meet, while a total of five men and two women finished in the top 10 of their respective races.
The Stormy Petrels tore through the tough, hilly landscape of the Sewanee golf course, led by Hadden. He won the race, finishing in 27:05.6 and besting Berry's Will Knowlton by eight seconds. Sophomore Bill Lester came in third with a time of 27:26.3; junior Mateo Villa crossed the finish line fifth in 27:55.8; sophomore Rodrigo Meade came in seventh at 28 minutes flat; and freshman Aidan Goldston finished ninth in 28:08.7. The Petrels had two runners finish just out of the top 10, as well, with junior Nick Berardi finishing 11th and sophomore Alex Araya coming in 12th. Freshman Sam Hunt also had the best race of his young collegiate career so far, posting a personal-best time of 29:23.1 and finishing 22nd.
On the women's side, sophomore Reagan Goodwin, senior Kara Jones and freshman Gabrielle Huff-Streiter all had potentially their best races of the season on the six-kilometer course. Goodwin finished ninth with a time of 25:48.0 while Jones came in 10th at 25:49.6. Huff-Streiter came in 12th with a time of 26:05.2.
The Petrels will be back in action for their final race of the regular season on Oct. 13. They'll compete in the Berry Invitational in northwest Georgia on that day, then prepare for the SAA Cross Country Championships, which are set to take place Oct. 27 in Memphis, Tennessee.