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McLeod to Nationals

McLeod to Nationals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Kaleb McLeod of Belmont cross country was announced as an individual qualifier for the 2019 NCAA men's cross country championship, the organization announced Saturday. 

Nationals will be hosted at Indiana State's LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind. 

With Saturday's announcement, McLeod became only the second runner in program history to make two individual trips to NCAA's. The only other Bruin to do so was William Kemey, who appeared at nationals in each of his four years at Belmont.

McLeod placed 13th in the NCAA South Regional 10K, posting a time of 30:36 on Friday. 

"Yesterday's race was a true testament to his grittiness and determination. He was not having his best race and with 400 meters to go and was two seconds back from the last qualifying spot," director of cross country Jeff Langdon said. "At the time he was not sure if beating that guy would make the difference, but he knew it just might be the spot to get him to nationals."

McLeod is also a four-time all-region runner and is the only Bruin to garner the honors in all four years since Kemey.

"One thing I have learned about Kaleb over the years," Langdon said. "Never count him out." 

A History of Belmont Men's Cross Country NCAA Individual Qualifiers

William Kemey (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
Ryan Snellen (2004)
Matt Miller (2013)
Jacob McLeod (2018)
Kaleb McLeod (2018, 2019)