Sophomore Jacob Hadden of the Oglethorpe men's cross country team will compete in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Saturday, marking his first career appearance at the event. It also marks the first appearance for a Stormy Petrel at the Division III national meet since Doug Pack competed as an individual in 1993 and '94.
Hadden will be one of 56 individual runners at the men's event, which takes place at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisconsin, at 1:15 p.m. EST. The top seven individual finishers at each of eight regional championship meets who competed for teams that did not qualify for nationals advanced to Saturday's championship meet.
The Oglethorpe sophomore finished 11th overall at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regionals in Mount Berry, Georgia, on Saturday, but earned the fifth-highest finish among teams not qualifying for the national meet. He went around the 8-kilometer course in 26 minutes, 6.8 seconds and became the first Petrel to earn coaches' All-Region honors since Pack in 1994. It also marked the program's highest individual finish at a regional meet for the men's cross country program since Pack came in fifth in 1993.
Thirty-two teams will join the 56 individuals at the meet. The top two team finishers from each of the six regions qualified automatically, then the NCAA committee made 16 national at-large selections to fill out the field.
Three teams from the South/Southeast region made the field. Rhodes and Emory automatically qualified for the national meet as the two finished first and second at the regional meet, respectively. Berea finished third at regionals and earned one of the 16 at-large slots.
The Petrels finished eighth at the regional meet as a team, marking their best-ever regional finish.
Fans will be able to follow along during the race on Saturday, both through live results on NCAA.com and a live video broadcast via the FloTrack streaming service. Viewing of the live broadcast requires a subscription to FloTrack Pro, which fans can purchase for a monthly price of $29.99. Subscribers can also watch the meet on their television screens by downloading the FloSports app for iOS, Roku or Apple TV 4. Championship coverage will begin with the women's race at 12:15 p.m. and will continue through the conclusion of the post-race award ceremony.