The Oglethorpe men's cross country team performed well amidst a tough field at the Furman Invitational Saturday morning in Greenville, South Carolina. The Stormy Petrels finished 10th in the meet overall, posting an average time of 27 minutes, 24.9 seconds and coming in second among Division III teams behind fifth-place Emory.
Freshman Jacob Hadden led all Petrels on the day with a time of 26:40.5. That served as a new freshman record for the men's eight-kilometer race, and put him in 48th place amidst the almost 200-runner field that featured a variety of Division I and II runners. Sophomore Mateo Villa earned another top 4 time in program history, as he came in at under 27 minutes, as well. He finished in 26:59.7 to come in 68th overall.
The Petrels had four total runners finish in under 28 minutes. Freshman Bill Lester had his best collegiate race so far with a 27:31.6, while junior Rodrigo Meade ran well and finished at 27:52.3. Sophomore Jonathan Carden also greatly improved on his time from the previous week, recording a 30:12.7, putting up a personal record.
"I'm super proud of our men's team today," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "We accomplished the goals we'd set out before the meet, greatly improving our average time. I'm excited to see how this group develops over the coming weeks. It's great to see a bunch of personal records being set, as well!"
The Petrels will next be in action on Sept. 23, when they travel to Gainesville, Florida, for the University of Florida's Mountain Dew Invitational.