The Oglethorpe men's cross country team has been ranked No. 9 in the South/Southeast region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in the first regional poll of the season put out by the organization.
The Stormy Petrels enjoyed an excellent performance at the Watermelon Run in Mount Berry, Georgia, over Labor Day weekend, finishing second only to Emory, the second-ranked team in the region. Sophomore Jacob Hadden finished second as an individual at the event, and earned SAA Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week accolades for his efforts.
It marks the second straight season in which the Petrels have been regionally ranked, as they also came in at No. 9 in the early-going of the 2018 season.
"It's great to see some early regional recognition for our men's team," said Oglethorpe head coach Kirk Shellhouse. "The team ran well in its first competition of the season, and we're excited to see how the season progresses based off of our first effort. Even though we're regionally ranked, we know there's a long, difficult road ahead of us against regional opponents, and we have our work cut out for us."
SAA foe Rhodes earned the top spot in the region, followed in order by Emory, Christopher Newport, Washington and Lee, and Bridgewater (Virginia). Berea, Mary Washington, Lynchburg and Southern Virginia rounded out the top 10.
The Petrels will be back in action on Saturday morning, when they travel to Memphis, Tennessee, for the Rhodes College Invitational. The men's eight-kilometer race at Shelby Farms in Memphis will get started at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. The Furman Classic in Greenville, South Carolina, where the Petrels were also set to send competitors on Saturday, has been canceled due to the potential impacts of Hurricane Florence.