Men's Cross Country ranked #8 in national poll
October 29, 2009
After claiming the title at Saturday's Southeastern Classic in Louisville, Kentucky, Bryan's Cross Country Team moved up eight spots—from #16 to #8—in the NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
The poll results, released yesterday, reflect Bryan's Saturday win over #3-ranked Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and #11 McKendree University. Sophomore Bryson Harper led the team to victory over the 22-team field with his runner-up finish in 25:22 over the eight-kilometer course. The Lions grabbed the victory with 72 team points.
“It’s an honor for our program to be ranked alongside some of the top teams in the country. It is an exciting time for Bryan, our alumni and fans. We can’t get too caught up in the ratings, but it is nice for our guys to be recognized for their work and achievements,” stated Head Coach Rodney Stoker.
The Lion squad has won the team title three of the four times it has raced this fall. The two other victories came at Montreat’s Cavalier Kickoff Classic and the Berry Invitational. Three freshmen on the squad are playing a role in the success for Bryan. Jason McLeod (Ocoee, FL), Drew Thompson (Murfreesboro, TN) and Jake Bradley (Ringgold, GA) continue to improve and look forward to the conference championship.
“Our freshmen are extremely talented and they are starting to come around with their fitness. Each of them has a great shot at being the conference Freshman of the Year next weekend at Black Mountain. I’m impressed with what they’ve been able to contribute to our team this fall,” commented Coach Stoker. Montreat College will host the AAC Cross Country Championship on November 7 in Black Mountain, NC.