Men's Cross Country Finishes 13th At NCAA Division II National Championship

Jacob Gonzalez at NCAA National Championship Race. Photo by Slippery Rock Athletic Communications Office.
Jacob Gonzalez at NCAA National Championship Race. Photo by Slippery Rock Athletic Communications Office.

Pittsburgh, Pa. - The University of Mount Olive men's cross country team finished 13th at the NCAA Division II National Championships Saturday morning in Pittsburgh, Pa. Jacob Gonzalez led the pack of Trojans with a 49th place finish.

Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.


Men's 10k      
Name Time Team Score Event Finish
Jacob Gonzalez 33:37.4 39 49
Tai Smith 34:01.2 51  63
Alexandre Durand 34:36.4 82 98
Christian Duran 35:00.1 112 133
Jereamy Hall 35:05.5  118  140 
Jay Hall 35:06 (119) 141
Jacob Willis 35:12.1  (124) 148 
Team Total   402  13th of 34 teams










  • Jacob Gonzalez led the Trojans to a 13th place team finish as he crossed the line 49th with a time of 33:37.4. Gonzalez was the first runner to cross the 700-meter split and was 29th at the 1.7K split. His fastest split was between the 1.7K and 2.8K as he ran a 3:16.9 kilometer. 
  • Tai Smith was the second Trojan to cross the finish line finishing in 34:01.2 minutes. Smith's two best splits came in the third kilometer (3:24.2) and between the seventh and eighth-kilometers (3:28.8) as he averaged a 2:58.8 time per kilometer. 
  • Alexandre Durand improved on his 2017 finish of 148 by crossing the line 98th in this years' race. At his fastest, Durand was 85th at the 2.8K split with a time of 3:19.9 while his average time per kilometer was 3:11.9.
  • Jereamy Hall, who finished 140th, completed the race 58 spots higher than his 2017 finish of 198th. Hall's fastest split also came during the 2.8k (3:27.1).


  • For the first time in program history, all seven runners finished in the Top-150. The Trojans got close last year as five of the seven finished in the Top-150.
  • The 13th place finish is the second-highest in program history for the men's cross country team, who finished 11th last season.
  • Four Trojan runners made their nationals debut; Jacob Gonzalez, Christian Duran, Jay Hall, and Jacob Willis.


UMO's cross country season concludes at nationals. The Trojans track and field teams begin their season this weekend at the Appalachian State Open.