On a very cool and windy Saturday morning, while most people were in bed, GMC freshmen John and Adam Dougherty were lining up for the start of the NJCAA Half Marathon hosted by South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. The temperature at the start of the races was a balmy 31 degrees with wind constant around 20 miles per hour and gusting to the 30s.
The Dougherty’s competed in the National Championship and ran well. The Adam led the way for the team with a time of 1:21:39 that was good enough for 46th place. Brother John came in with a time of1:23:51which led to a 49th place finish. Speaking of his race, Adam said “It was super cold and the wind was horrible. But we persevered. “ John added “the scenery was really nice. It was a really ‘cool’ experienced to come and run.” Adam was the highest placed Division III runner and John was the second highest place.
GMC Cross Country coach, Rob Sherwood added “I can not be more proud the team. This was a little out of the comfort zone of Adam and John. They can run this distance, but running it at race pace is different experience.” With this race the GMC cross country season comes to an end for the 2015 season. “We had a great season from individual finishes to the women’s team capturing the Region 17 Division III championship. We hope to build off of this for next season.” Sherwood wanted to add that “the ability to work with these kids made the season great. We look forward to those who are returning, are excited about the new runners who will come next season, and are very grateful for those who will graduate and leave GMC.”