GCSU @ Roy Griak Invitational (Women’s results)

The Georgia College women’s cross country team participated in the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday morning in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The team placed 33rd overall in the 5K Division II race.

The Bobcat women ran with an average team time of 27:14, led by sophomore runner Rebecca Winslow (Lawrenceville, Georgia). Winslow finished with a time of 25:44 and placed 107thoverall.

Senior Rachel Pasko (Jefferson, Georgia) completed the race just a minute after Winslow, with a time of 26:43 in 167th.

The rest of the Bobcat women were packed more closely during the race. Sophomore Abbey Jordan (Milton, Georgia) finished 204th with a time of 27:51, sophomore Brittany Schwind (Suwanee, Georgia) finished 209th with a time of 27:56 and sophomore Mariah Maring (Lawrenceville, Georgia) finished 211th with a time of 27:57.

“I’m proud of the effort our folks put forth today,” said head coach Steven Cary. “This might be the toughest course many of them will ever run. We came to compete against some of the best teams in the country. The women fought hard and they built a lot of character today.”

Of the teams in front of the Bobcats in today’s action, two appear in the most recent National Rankings. No. 12 University of Minnesota-Duluth won the race, and No. 8 University of Mary finished fifth.

The next meet for the Bobcat women will be Saturday, Oct. 10 as they host the Division II Georgia Collegiate Championships, a Bobcat home meet on the new Council Farm Course.

Full story here.


GCSU at Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota (Men’s Results)

The Georgia College men’s cross country team traveled to Minneapolis to compete in the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. The team ran well, placing 15th out of 37 in the Division II 8K race.

The Bobcat men had two runners place within the top-50 overall.

Senior James Ryden (Atlanta, Georgia) once again led the team and finished 39th with a time of 27:26. Ryden also led the team last week with his personal-record setting performance at Furman. Classmate Paul McNeil (Dunwoody, Georgia) finished in 46th place with a time of 27:32.

Senior Michael Warrick (Marietta, Georgia) finished 76th in 27:57, and junior Matt Sutton (Norcross, Georgia) took 122nd in 28:42. Senior Trevor Turner(Snellville, Georgia) finished in 29:02.

“Our men went out and executed their race plan almost flawlessly on some tired legs,” said head coach Steven Cary. “They finished fifteenth among some very good teams. The confidence the men have right now is outstanding.”

This marks the second-straight meet that the team has placed within the top-15 overall. The average team time was 28:08. Of the race field, two are in the latest national rankings, including No. 19 Black Hills State University, the race winner. The Bobcats beat No. 9 Minnesota State University, the team finishing in 20th place.

The next meet for the Bobcat men will be Saturday, Oct. 10 as they host the Division II Georgia Collegiate Championships, a Bobcat home meet on the new Council Farm Course.

Full story here.

The Rock Ranch Invitational – Lots of Middle Georgia Teams

Boys results

Tanner Reid of Perry won the race with a stellar time of  16:40.  He led a group of three other runners under 17 min.  Michael Rowlands of Veteran’s just missed breaking 17 min, but McIntosh led the way on the team side of things.  Four of the top 10 were from McIntosh.

 1 Reid, Tanner                 Perry High School     16:40.84    1             
 2 Davies, Ben                  Holy Innocen          16:54.09    2             
 3 Baun, Matthew                Valdosta Hig          16:56.56    3             
 4 Rowlands, Michael            Veterans HS           16:57.75    4             
 5 Kidd, Austin                 Northside Columbus    17:02.06    5             
 6 Reynolds, Conner             McIntosh Hig          17:03.84    6             
 7 Churchwell, Noah             Northside Columbus    17:24.12    7             
 8 Koscevic, Connor             McIntosh Hig          17:24.94    8             
 9 Nigro, Tyler                 McIntosh Hig          17:27.44    9             
 0 Jaeger, Zach                 McIntosh Hig          17:32.47   10

Team Totals:

Veterans – 127, 3rd place

Perry  – 127, 4th place

Mary Persons – 184, 6th place

Howard – 232, 8th place

West Laurens – 233, 9th place

Houston Country – 332, 12th place

Lamar County – 421, 15th place

Baldwin – 433, 16th place

Full results are here.

Girls Results

Strong races by the Mountin sisters of Perry HS put them on the podium at 3rd place.  As in the boy’s race, McIntosh’s depth was on full display, as they won with an almost 40 point margin.

Top 10 girls

1 Harris, Mattie               Calvary Day School    19:02.81                  
2 LeClaire, Alyssa             McIntosh Hig          19:26.09    1             
3 Mountin, Tiffany             Perry High School     20:22.09    2             
4 Mountin, Alyssa              Perry High School     20:25.03    3             
5 Carroll, Abby                Pike County           20:37.22    4             
6 Zaubi, Nicole                McIntosh Hig          20:39.47    5             
7 Foster, Bryn                 Holy Innocen          20:40.00    6             
8 Zubowicz, Amanda             Veterans HS           21:07.47    7             
9 Roble, Retchiel              Perry High School     21:13.75    8             
10 Zeissner, Ileana             Holy Innocen          21:14.94    9

Team totals:

Perry HS – 79, 3rd place

Veterans – 142, 5th place

Mary Persons – 202, 6th place

Lamar County – 228, 7th place

West Laurens – 249, 9th place

Howard – 292, 11th place

Houston County – 324, 12th place

Nekebah Smith of Baldwin ran, but she was the only one from her team.

Full results can be found here.

Southland Academy Invitational – Trinity Christian and Westfield

Boys Results

Jacob McLeod continues his fine Sophomore season with a win in Americus, GA.

Top 10 runners

1 MCLEOD, JACOB                TRINITY CHRI          16:10.47    1             
2 CALHOUN, WRIGHT              SOUTHLAND ACADEMY     16:24.53    2            
3 MERRITT, ETHAN               DEERFIELD-WI          17:21.22    3             
4 HOLLAND, QUILLIAN            TRINITY CHRI          17:24.03    4             
5 CALCUTT, BILLY               SOUTHLAND ACADEMY     17:35.53    5             
6 MILLER, BRIAN                SOUTHLAND ACADEMY     18:22.34    6             
7 ROLAND, RIDGE                SOUTHLAND ACADEMY     18:43.31    7             
8 WATT, PARKER                 BROOKWOOD SCHOOL      18:50.72    8             
9 HUNT, DALLAS                 TIFTAREA ACADEMY      19:09.41    9             
10 ROGGENKAMP, JACOB            WESTFIELD SCHOOL      19:17.18   10

Team scores  –

Trinity Christian – 113, 5th place

Westfield – 143, 7th place

Results here.


Top 10 runners

 1 MOORE, VIRGINIA              DEERFIELD-WI          20:26.53    1             
 2 NOBLES, IVIE                 TWIGGS ACADEMY        20:56.88    2             
 3 BRIDGES, CAMRYN              DEERFIELD-WI          21:22.94    3             
 4 SAMSON, JANIE                TRINITY CHRI          21:33.59    4             
 5 FORT, CALYN                  SOUTHLAND ACADEMY     21:39.56    5             
 6 KENDRICK, ANA                SHERWOOD CHRISTIAN    22:09.84    6             
 7 MORGAN, PARKER               DEERFIELD-WI          22:13.15    7             
 8 WILLCOX, DEENA               DEERFIELD-WI          22:13.65    8             
 9 PAPPAS, SAMANTHA             SHERWOOD CHRISTIAN    22:20.84    9             
 10 BELL, RYLEIGH                SOUTHLAND ACADEMY     22:23.34   10

Team Totals:

Twiggs Academy – 118 points, 5th place

Trinity Christian – 79 points, 3th place

Westfield – Not enough runners to score.

Aubrae Gunderson Invitational – Jones County

Boys Results

Top 5 Jones County Runners

71 – Dalton Carr  19:13.40

73 – Ethan Batchlor  19:15.10

83 – Zeb Wilson  19:29.90

104 – Eli Boland 20:04.80

107 – Tripp Ussery  20:09.90

Team score 403 – 16th place

Full results here.

Girls Results

Top 5 runners

5 Erin Leonard  19:57.87

10 Kate Boland  20:43.09

25  Kaitlyn Holder 22:21.93

52 McKinleigh Stripling  23.37.42

92 – Mikala Monroe  25:49.87

Team score – 162, 7th place

Full results here.

Mercer Julius Johnson Invitational – GMC Perspective

The GMC men’s and women’s cross country teams made the short drive down from Milledgeville to run in the inaugural Mercer Julius Johnson Invitational.  The ladies ran first and were led by strong runs all of their runners, in fact all six set PR’s on the day.

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GMC ladies at the start. They are flanked on the extreme left by Mercer University, near left by Georgia State, and on the right by Jacksonville State University.

Freshman Jacqueline Jones led the Lady Bulldog pack with a 1st place finish in the Non-Division I category. Sophomore Nina Skinner placed 2nd, followed by Freshman Carrie Kirkwood in 5th, Jassmine Stevens in 8th and Ashleigh Floody in 9th.  The GMC Bulldogs scored 25 points to defeat Central Georgia Technical College by 5 points for the win.  Aside from running well, the experience to run in a race with Division I runners was a great experience.

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And they are off …

The GMC men ran 2nd and ran very well. Freshman John Dougherty finished the race in 11th place with a 29:00 time.  His twin brother Freshman Adam Dougherty finished in 19th place with a time of 29:39.

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At the 1.5 mile mark, twins John and Adam Dougherty were in the leading group of 5. The eventual winner of the race is just to the right of John Dougherty in the picture.

Freshman Evan Soggs came in third for the Bulldogs, followed closely behind by Sophomores Philip Fredrich and Nicholas Squall.

The fine running was rewarded with a 2nd place finish in the Non-Division I category.  They only lost to GC&SU, who currently holds the 4th spot in Division II South East Regional rankings.

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GMC next runs on 2 October at the SCAD-Atlanta Cross Country Invitational.

Full results are here.

Mercer Julius Johnson Invitational – GCSU perspectiveRe

GCSU split their squad, with a portion going to Minnesota and some of the men’s team journeying down the road from Milledgeville to Macon to run in the Julius Johnson Invitational.

The team had a strong showing, placing first out of the three non-Division I teams at the meet in the 8k run.

Three Georgia College runners had finished up prior to the lead runner for the next non-Division I team.

Sophomore Jim Galvin (Tucker) led the way for the Bobcat men, placing first overall with a time of 28:05. Freshmen Austin Campbell (Cumming) and Brian Skoglind (Cumming) were not far behind. Campbell finished second with a time of 28:40 and Skoglind finished third with a time of 28:52.

This was Campbell’s first participation in a competitive meet this season and Skoglind finished just six seconds off of his personal record.

Tommy Templeman (Snellville) and Daniel Sexton (Cumming) rounded out the finishes for the men as they placed fifth and seventh, respectively. Templeman finished with a time of 29:14 and Sexton finished with a time of 29:43.

Overall, Georgia College placed ahead of Georgia Military College and Central Georgia Technical College with an average time of 28:55.

The next meet for the Bobcat men will be Saturday, Oct. 10 as they participate in the Division II Georgia Collegiate Championships, a Bobcat home meet on the new Council Farm Course.

Full report here.

Mercer Julius Johnson Invitational Results – Mercer perspective

Mercer University freshman Ahmed Jama picked up his first collegiate win on Friday night, leading the men’s cross country to dominant win in the inaugural Julius Johnson Invitational.

The Bears came close to a perfect score, placing five runners among the top-seven to cruise to the team title with a total tally of 23 on their home course. Jacksonville State finished second with a score of 36 on the evening.

Jama led from the start in the second 8k of his career, winning the 35-competitor race with a time of 26:52.16. Nicholas Ashmead was the next Bear to complete the course, finishing fourth with a time of 28:18.57.

Mark Brannen and Abraham Balawi made it four Mercer runners in the top six with near identical times of 28:37.70 and 28:38.70. Evan Park rounded out the top five for Mercer, crossing the line in 28:58.56 to give the Bears their best score since totaling 18 in 2014’s triumph at the Struts Season Opener.

Connor Veith finished ninth in 29:20.94 to lead the rest of the Mercer contingent, as he was followed by Cameron Gatt (29:21.42), Ross Porter (29:22.80), Aurelien Bourgeon (29:27.53) and Justin Hanson (29:39.26).

The Bears return to action next weekend, as they compete in the Upstate Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C. on Oct. 3.

Full story here.

Jenna Gipperich nears the finish line in the Women’s 5k. She ran a 19:14.87 to lead the Bears.

The Mercer University women’s cross country team got top-five finishes from seniors Jenna Gipperich and Kami Orrender to claim the inaugural Julius Johnson Invitational at the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home on Friday evening.

Gipperich nearly eclipsed her top time from the 2014 season in the team’s first 5k of the year, finishing second to lead the Bears with the a time of 19:14.87. Kami Orrender followed with a fifth-place effort, crossing the line in 19:32.04.

The Bears had two other finishers place among the top-10 with Bethanie Bailey (20:10.38) and Katie-Rose Alligood (20:26.23) coming in ninth and tenth.Courtney Czerniak rounded out the scoring for Mercer with a 13th-place finish to help Mercer edge out Georgia State by two points for the team title.

Mercer posted an average time of 19:59.25 on its home course to total 39 points on the night, beating out Georgia State’s 41-point effort. Georgia Southern finished third in the six-team field with a score of 50, while Jacksonville State was fourth with 100 points.

Victoria Rogers finished sixth for the Bears with a time of 20:37.60, while Cheyenne Andrew (20:45.77), Keightley Dudgeon (21:00.12), Shannon Millikin(21:05.19), Kataryna O’Neil (21:07.42) and Brianna Wahy (21:46.47) closed out Mercer’s participants in the event.

The Bears return to action next weekend, as they compete in the Upstate Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C. on Oct. 3.

Full story here.

Putnam County MS Cross Country results 22 September

GMC Boys ran a great race and won with a point total of 20.

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Top 5 runners from the MS boys race. 1st Place is on the right moving left to #5.

Colin McCabe won the race with a sub 12:00 min 1.9 mile race.  He did it even without one of this shoes which came off at the beginning of the race.

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Colin McCabe arriving at the finish line, without one of his shoes.

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I wonder if that dirt will come out?

The MS girls race also saw GMC emerge victorious with 49 points.  One of the really neat things about this races that the top 5 spots were all taken by a 5 teams.

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1st Place – Monticello 2nd Place – GMC 3rd Place – Morgan County 4th Place – Oak Hill 5th Place – Putnam Country