The Oglethorpe men's cross country team finished second at the Foothills Invite in Oxford, Alabama, Saturday morning, only coming in behind Division I South Alabama. The Stormy Petrels bested 23 other teams on the day, including a mix of Division III, Division II and NAIA competition, finishing with 68 points to come in just ahead of Division III power Emory and well ahead of the remaining 22 sides.
Junior Rodrigo Meade led the Petrels with a sixth-place finish, crossing the finish line in 26 minutes, 13.9 seconds to come in tops among Division III competition. He was quickly followed by junior Bill Lester and senior Mateo Villa, who finished 12th and 13th, respectively. Lester completed the 8-kilometer course in 26:39.2, while Villa came in at 26:40.8. Sophomore Aidan Goldston tied for 16th in 26:48.6, while senior Nick Evans came in 26th with a time of 26:59.9.
The Petrels saw all 12 runners finish in the top half of the 211-runner field.
They'll be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 19, when they head to Mount Berry for the Berry Invitational. That'll serve as a prelude to the SAA Cross Country Championships, also set to take place in Mount Berry on Nov. 2.