Men's cross country finishes third at SAA Championships, four individuals earn top 15 finishes

Men's cross country finishes third at SAA Championships, four individuals earn top 15 finishes

The Oglethorpe men's cross country team finished third at the SAA Cross Country Championships in Mount Berry Saturday, earning 60 points to come in just behind second-place Rhodes, 12 back of champion Centre, and 19 ahead of fourth-place Berry. The Stormy Petrels came in with an average time of 26 minutes, 30.06 seconds on the 8-kilometer course.

The Petrels saw four runners earn All-SAA honors by placing in the top 15 at the meet. Senior Rodrigo Meade earned the highest-ever finish by a Petrel at an SAA meet, placing fourth with a time of 26:07.4. He was joined in the top 10 by sophomore Aidan Goldston, who finished 10th in 26:28.2. Sophomore Thomas Ridley earned a 13th-place finish with 26:34.0, while junior Bill Lester finished 15th after recording a time of 26:38.0.

Eight additional Petrels earned finishes in the top half of the field. Senior Mateo Villa came in 18th, sophomore Hayden Guthrie 23rd, freshman Aiden Heard 26th, senior Nick Evans 30th, freshman Stephen Graffius 37th, senior Andrew Aycock 38th, freshman Daniel Harvey 39th, and sophomore Sam Hunt 43rd.

The Petrels will take the third-place conference finish and head to the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional in Memphis, Tennessee. That event is set to take place on the morning of Nov. 16. 

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