Men's Cross Country team claims Southeastern Classic
October 25, 2010

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Anthony Simpson (805), Matt Wren (809) and
Drew Thompson at a recent competition
The men's cross country program took top honors at the Southeastern Classic on Saturday morning on the campus of Berry College, Rome, GA. Currently ranked 12th in the NAIA, Bryan knocked off 5th-ranked Embry Riddle 58-68 in the 28-team field, while Shorter University (17th in the standings) took third with 115 points. Junior Bryson Harper (Sequatchie County High School, TN) led the Lions with a 5th-place finish, covering the eight-kilometer layout in 24:52. Shorter's Paul Chelimo took down the course record on his way to the individual crown in 23:59.

The senior duo of Zach Buffington (Ooltewah, TN) and Josh Bradley (Ringgold, GA) crossed the finish at 25:11 for 10th and 11th place, respectively. Sophomore Jason McLeod (Ocoee, FL) ended up 14th at 25:25, while freshmen athletes Anthony Simpson (Nashville, TN) and Alex Stephens (Cleveland, TN) were 18th (25:50) and 21st (25:51). Bryan's seventh man was senior Hunter Hall (Brentwood, TN) at 26:02 who landed in the 32nd position in the 238-man field.

"We won over two very good programs, and I'm excited the men performed up to our expectations. I'm impressed with their efforts and feel we can continue to improve over the next four weeks leading up to the national championship," commented Head Coach Rodney Stoker.

Other notable performances for the Lions were Jake Bradley (26:09), Drew Thompson (26:47), Matt Wren (27:22), Colby Smith (27:32), and Anders Clarke (27:55).

The Lions will look to defend their AAC Cross Country Championship in two weeks (November 6), when Montreat College hosts the 2010 AAC XC Championship in Black Mountain, NC.