GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Georgia College men’s cross country team finished ninth out of 31 schools on Saturday morning at the Furman Invitational in Greenville, South Carolina. Finishing second among non-Division I schools, the Bobcat men had three runners place within the top 55 overall.
Senior James Ryden (Atlanta, Georgia) came in 50th place to lead the team with a time of 26:03 in the 8K race, the second-best time in school history. Classmate Michael Warrick (Marietta, Georgia) following closely in 52nd with a time of 26:04 a personal best and good for third in the school record books. Fellow senior Paul McNeil (Dunwoody, Georgia) placed 54th with a time of 26:06 to round out the top Bobcat runners. McNeil is the current record holder at the distance, set in last year’s Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship.
Matt Sutton (Norcross, Georgia) and Joshua Warren (Fayetteville, Georgia) also contributed to the overall team score with placements of 105th and 130th. The sophomore Sutton set a personal-best at 26:48.
“I thought the guys did really well,” said head coach Steven Cary. “We were patient early on but positioned ourselves well and showed great poise for the second half.”
Georgia College finished with an average team time of 26:24.61 and scored a total of 301 points to edge out Emory University by 10 to secure the team’s ninth place finish. The lone non-Division I team ahead of the Bobcats was Division II Lee University in eighth overall.
“One of our goals was to be top three out of all the Division II schools [at the meet] and we were second”, Cary mentioned as he applauded the team’s finish. He added that the team’s mindset was to take the season one meet at a time.
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Georgia College women’s cross country team traveled to Greenville Saturday morning for the third annual Furman Invitational. The Bobcats finished 11th out of the 22 non-Division I teams.
The lone senior on the team, Rachel Pasko (Jefferson, Georgia), led the Bobcats with a 55th place finish in a time of 24:57.72 and sophomore Rebecca Winslow (Lawrenceville, Georgia) finished just 0.6 seconds behind her in the 6K race at 24:57.78.
Head coach Steven Cary was pleased that the Bobcat women finished within relatively close times. “They packed well today and they certainly showed that we are deep this year. Caroline Williams, Mariah Maring, Abbey Jordan, and Madison Stokes all finished under the 26-minute mark.
Caroline Williams (Suwanee, Georgia) took 85th among 206 runners, crossing the line in 25:45. Mariah Maring (Lawrenceville, Georgia) was a slot and a second later. Abbey Jordan (Milton, Georgia) finished 91st at 25:57 and Madison Stokes (Macon, Georgia) just fractions of a second behind.
Georgia College scored a total of 307 points and finished just ahead of North Greenville University.
“We will learn from this race and build on the positives. I’m excited about the potential of the team, and I think their best races are yet to come”, Cary said after the meet.
The team will resume action Saturday, Sept. 26 when they travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the Roy Griak Invitational.