NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's cross country will be traveling to the Sunshine State this weekend as they compete in the NCAA South Regional 10K race at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.
Belmont will again look to be represented at the 2019 NCAA Cross Country National Championships, as they were two-fold a year ago.
The top two men's teams and the top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to nationals Nov. 23.
Last year in Tallahassee, Belmont registered an impressive fourth-place team finish - the program's best region meet finish in 16 years - surpassed only by Tennessee, the host Seminoles and meet champion Ole Miss.
Most notably, borthers Jacob and Kaleb McLeod qualified for nationals as individuals, the first time in the Bruins' NCAA Division I era that a pair of teammates qualified for nationals in the same season.
Belmont last raced on Nov. 2, where they placed second at the OVC Championships. All five counters for the Bruins finished inside the top twenty overall. Kaleb McLeod and Ben Naeger led the charge as they finished fifth and sixth, respectively. For their effort, the pair was awarded All-OVC First Team honors. Senior Declan McManus was named All-OVC Second Team, after placing 14th.
As expected come October and November, the depth of fields and strength of competition rises. This weekend, the Bruins will run alongside nationally and regionally-ranked programs such as Alabama, ETSU, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Lipscomb, Memphis, and Ole Miss, each placed in the latest USTFCCCA rankings.
Director of cross country and track & field Jeff Langdon looks forward to another monumental meet.
"The men are ready to roll," Langdon told belmontbruins.com "I am pleased with how this team has responded in the absence of Jacob McLeod. They could have easily packed it in mentally and emotionally, but they have been so mature through that disappointment and there is no reason we can't match last season's epic performance."
The men's 10K race is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. CT.
Live streaming will be provided via FloTrack.