Running the Curve

Oglethorpe University’s athletics were on the rise: Men’s Basketball was about the wrap up the 4th seed in the SCAC tourney, Baseball was off to their best start in school history and the Men’s Golf squad returned to the green as the defending DIII champs. But the biggest over-achievers on campus at the time were the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams.

Runners you say? But how?

Being an NCAA student athlete is not only about performance on the field, court, or fairways. Each semester, the SCAC (that’s Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference for those not savvy to Petrel Athletics) hands out awards for student-athletes who have excelled in both their sport and the classroom.

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Diamond Petrels Opener in the Books

As the Oglethorpe University Petrels opened their season splitting a double-header with Maryville College, expectations remained high for a successful 2010 campaign.

Dan Giordano started his 7th season as head coach, bringing with him an experienced crew that counted eight returning seniors, a far cry from the three former seasons which counted only six graduating seniors combined.

After finishing their previous season 19-17 for the first winning season in their recent memory, but missing the SCAC Divisional Playoffs for the first time in two years, hopes were high, as the SCAC had ranked OU as the 4th best in the division. Continue reading