The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Cross Country Team found themselves in the six spot when it came to team rankings, but the highlight of the day was when junior Peyton Jones (Advance, N.C.) was given the Elite 20 Award, presented by the South Atlantic Conference on Saturday.
This award honors the student-athlete with the top cumulative grade-point average (based on a minimum of 48 credit hours) in each of the league's 20 team championship sports.
Jones sports a 3.97 grade point average while majoring in Psychology and minoring in business. Throughout his first two seasons, he was plagued with injury and 2018 was the first season and summer of workouts to a point in which he ran in the majority of races the team participated in. His top time for the year was in the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational – Sept. 14 – in which he posted a time of 28:24.78 in the 8K.
Lenoir-Rhyne Cross Country has now had an Elite 20 award winner two years in-a-row, with last year's being current junior Joshua Adkins (King, N.C.).
Next up for Jones will be competition in Indoor Track & Field this winter with their first meet to take place Dec. 2 in the JDL Early Bird in Winston-Salem, N.C.