GCSU Women at Regionals

The Georgia College women’s cross country team finished within the top-15 overall Saturday at the NCAA Southeast Regional hosted by Wingate University.

The Georgia College team braved the muddy conditions, jumping up two spots from last year and finishing in 13th place out of 28 teams with an average team time of 26 minutes. “In tough conditions, the women ran their best race of the season”, said first year head coach Steven Cary. “They looked poised and they looked focused.”

Katherine Yost (Norcross, Georgia) once again led the way for the Bobcats, garnering her third top-20 finish of the season. Yost sprinted through the finish line in 17th place with a time of 23:58, the best finish in school history, as well as her fastest in a Bobcat uniform. Finishing within the top-25, Yost received accolades for the All-Region Team, becoming just the second Georgia College women’s runner to ever receive the award.

Following Yost, three Bobcat women crossed the line within the 26 minute mark: Rachel Pasko (Jefferson, Georgia), Rebecca Winslow (Lawrenceville, Georgia) and Caroline Williams (Suwanee, Georgia).

Pasko finished in 80th place with a time of 26:00:07, while Winslow was just three-tenths of a second behind in 82nd at 26:01. Williams slid into 100th place, finishing with a time of 26:35.

Mariah Maring (Lawrenceville) and Abbey Jordan (Milton) rounded out the finishes for the Bobcat squad, racing in at 124th and 128th.

“What a phenomenal runner. She came in and, in three races, accomplished what few Bobcat runners have accomplished”, Cary said about Yost after the race. “Her All-Region performance is one that will be remembered for a long time.”

The University of Montevallo claimed the top spot at the meet, placing five runners within the top-10 overall. Totaling just 30 points, the Falcons finished 78 ahead of second place Wingate University. The top overall individual finish was claimed by Queen’s University runner Catie Byrd, who finished with a time of 22:25.

This finish marks the end of a successful cross country season. “I’m excited to see the women continue to improve over the next couple of years, and I look for us to continue this momentum into the spring and next fall”, said Cary.

The Bobcat women earned two top-10 results as they placed third at the Division II Georgia Collegiate Championships, as well as placing eighth at the Peach Belt Conference Championship.

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