MADISON, Wis. - - Belmont University men's cross country runners Jacob McLeod (Soperton, Ga.) and Kaleb McLeod (Soperton, Ga.) endured some of the harshest weather conditions Mother Nature could dish out in the 2018 NCAA Men's Cross Country National Championship Saturday.
After blazing the Florida State University trails to respective top 7 finishes in the NCAA South Regional amidst heat indeces in the 90s, the McLeods faced starkly contrasting conditions one week later in frigid Wisconsin.
With flurries in the air and wind chills near zero, the brothers acquitted themselves nicely as the fourth and fifth Belmont runners in history to reach the NCAA Division I national meet.
Jacob McLeod held strong with the lead pack for some time, and actually finished 10th among all national freshmen - and 21st among individual qualifiers - with a time of 30:41.5.
Kaleb outdueled runners from Princeton, Purdue and Ole Miss to finish in 32:14.1.
Both brothers complete their fall seasons with numerous honors, including All-OVC and USTFCCCA All-South Region.