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.

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