The Oglethorpe cross country teams will travel up to Mount Berry, Georgia, for the third time this season on Saturday morning, as they get set to take part in the NCAA Division IIISouth/Southeast Regional on the campus of Berry College. The men's and women's teams will each be taking part in their first NCAA regional meet since 2012 and will look to cap off the year in excellent fashion with a strong showing on Saturday.
The men's team features a group that led the squad to their best finish in a conference meet since 1997, finishing sixth at the SAA Cross Country Championships in Clinton, Mississippi, Oct. 29. Freshman Omari Miller finished 20th, freshman Nick Evans took 31st, freshmen Jonathan Vernonand Mateo Villa came in back to back at 33rd and 34th, and freshman Andrew Aycock placed 37th at the conference meet. Evans also took the individual title at the Piedmont Invitational in TallulahFalls, Georgia, back in early October.
On the women's side, the team ran to their best finish at a conference meet since 2000 with a seventh-place finish in Mississippi on Oct. 29. Two Stormy Petrels finished in the top half of the field, with freshman Glenda Tutt coming in 26th and fellow freshman Hava Stenn posting a 37th place finish.
The top two teams from the men's eight-kilometer race and the women's six-kilometer race will automatically advance to the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, Nov. 19. Additional teams will have the opportunity to qualify via one of 16 national at-large slots. The top seven men's and women's individual finishers at the regional meet who are not members of qualifying teams will gain individual qualification to the national meet.