Trojans Win Seventh Consecutive Conference Carolinas Championship

Men's Cross Country Conference Carolinas Champions Photo by James Benson
Men's Cross Country Conference Carolinas Champions Photo by James Benson

Mount Olive, N.C. - The 9th nationally ranked University of Mount Olive men's cross country team won their seventh consecutive Conference Carolinas Championship with a perfect team score (15 team points) for the third time in four years.

Location: Mount Olive, N.C.


Men's 8k      
Name Time Team Score Event Finish
Christian Duran 26:07.7 1 1
Alexandre Durand  26:08.5 2
Jereamy Hall 26:08.8 3
Jacob Willis  26:08.9 4
Jacob Gonzalez 26:09.4 5
Tai Smith  26:10.1 6
Branson Oduor 26:12.2 7 7
Daniel Francken 26:19.0 - 8
Joshua Hall 26:25.5 9
Jay Hall 26:28.5 - 10
Altan Cornu 26:37.2 - 11
Austin Sullivan 27:54.6 - 28
Jett Hall 27:55.2 - 29
Jonathon Wojcuich 28:06.5 - 31

















  • The Trojans finished with a perfect score of 15 points, their third perfect score in four years, with racers finishing 1-5.
  • UMO had the top 11 finishers with all 11 runners earning All-Conference honors.
  • Christian Duran was the first finisher of the race earning the Conference Carolinas Runner of the Year title.
  • Jay Hall was the highest placing freshman coming in 10th to earn the Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year honors.
  • Head Coach Matt van Lierop earned Coach of the Year honors with his Trojans claiming their 7th title.

Men's Cross Country All-Conference Carolinas Teams

All-Conference First Team
Christian Duran - Mount Olive

Alexandre Durand - Mount Olive
Jereamy Hall - Mount Olive
Jacob Willis - Mount Olive
Jacob Gonzalez - Mount Olive

All-Conference Second Team
Tai Smith - Mount Olive

Branson Oduor - Mount Olive
Daniel Francken - Mount Olive
Joshua Hall - Mount Olive
Jay Hall - Mount Olive

All-Conference Third Team
Altan Cornu - Mount Olive

Jake Morgan - Emmanuel
Tristin Bertie - Lees-McRae
Austin Thompson - Lees-McRae
Peyton Shelton - Southern Wesleyan


"A lot of history was made here in the pickle capital on Saturday, November 3rd," said Head Coach Matt van Lierop. "It was the first time we've ever hosted the Conference Championships, and was nice to show the campus community what we do, and how we do it. We had the best women's score in UMO history, with 17, as well as the best men's placing, going 1-11 (previous best 1-6), good for a perfect score of 15."


The Trojans will gear up for the NCAA Division II Southeast Regionals hosted by North Georgia set for November 17.