FPD Alumna wins NCAA Division II National Title

From today Macon Telegraph:

Former FPD cross country standout Grace Tinkey completed her first season at Adams State, a Division Iheadshot_2_grase_tinkeyI school in Colorado, last spring.

Tinkey, who graduated from FPD in 2013, originally signed with Air Force but began her college career at Furman.

After two seasons at Furman, she transferred to Adams State and earned Division II U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-America honors last fall while helping the Grizzlies to the national cross country championship.

Tinkey finished 21st in the national meet. In the spring, Tinkey made the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference first team in the 10,000 meters. She was listed as a sophomore at Adams State for 2015-16.

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It appears that Tinkey has found a home with Division II powerhouse Adams State.  Alamosa, Colorado is a great, but very cold college town.  The RMAC is traditionally one of the best Division II Cross Country Conferences in the nation.  Tinkey was the 4th runner on the team at the National Championships.  The teams returns 6 of the top 7 runners for the 2016 season.  Congratulations to Grace.

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Brewton-Parker hires a new Cross Country coach

Brewton-Parker College is excited to announce Micah Shaw as its new Cross Country and Track and Field Coach. Coach Shaw will be building upon the success of last season which witnessed a Southern States Athletic Conference Champion, a podium finish, and a National Qualifier.  No doubt, the program will be in great hands with Coach Shaw, who helped nurture 42 NAIA Qualifiers, 4 NAIA All-Americans, 4 NCCAA National Champions, and many more impressive numbers from his time at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU). Shaw, who ran at IWU, was a NCCAA All-American in the 60m Hurdles and MCC All-Conference in the 110m Hurdles. He has since built an impressive coaching career, serving as Assistant Track and Field Coach for IWU while also working as an Admissions Counselor for the University.

When asked what brought him to Brewton-Parker College, Coach Shaw stated, “After talking with Coach Prevett and hearing his philosophies, I became excited for the future of the program. Our philosophies are similar in the fact that we both want to build towards the growth of the kingdom of God while achieving athletic and academic excellence. My family and I also enjoy the community and small town atmosphere that Brewton-Parker provides.”

Coach Shaw comes from a program that has placed staggering numbers in the Track and Field community, and now he brings with him equally amazing goals for his new home. “During my first year, I aim to find the right students for Brewton-Parker and to show them how to become prominent leaders on the campus. Our goals will be defined by more than just athletic excellence–they will be defined by our character. I believe we can achieve great success and build an athletic program of high quality and volume.” He continued, “I am very grateful that Indiana Wesleyan gave me the opportunity to compete and work for them, and I hope to carry the excellence from that program to the one we have at Brewton-Parker. I am very thankful for the opportunity presented to me by Athletic Director Daniel Prevett and President Steve Echols, and I am excited to start work on campus.”

For full release see here

 

GCSU Schedule Released

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Cross Country and head coach Steven Cary released the 2016 schedule Thursday, highlighted by hosting the 2016 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championships.

The seven-race list starts with a dual meet at PBC opponent Armstrong State University Sept. 2. The first of two home meets comes the following week, as Georgia College hosts the Bobcat Invitational Sept. 10.

The remaining September slate shows the Bobcats traveling to the University of Montevallo and Trevecca Nazarene University. After a trip to Queens University for the Royals XC Challenge to start October, the Bobcats host the 2016 PBC Championship Saturday, Oct. 22. The schedule closes with another trip to the NCAA Southeast Regionals in November, hosted this season by Montevallo.

“I’m excited about the opportunities that the men and women will have to compete this fall,” said Cary. “Everyone on the teams should have many opportunities to test themselves and improve throughout the season. This year’s schedule should help set us up to run our best in October and November.”

“I think the biggest highlight of the schedule other than our hosting of the Bobcat Invitational, is that we’ll be hosting the conference championships in October. That’s something our staff and administration worked hard to do, and our goal is to put on an exciting show for Bobcat fans and families at those championships.”

The Bobcat women took eighth in the PBC Championship a year ago, combined with a 13th place finish at regionals. The Bobcat men nabbed a fourth-place slot in the conference meet, then took a school-best seventh at the NCAA Southeast Regional. The Bobcat women return All-Region runner Katherine Yost (Norcross) and experienced junior Rebecca Winslow (Lawrenceville), while the men will hope for some youth to lead the way, as the sophomore duo of Trent Johnson (Dacula) and Joshua Warren (Fayetteville) will look to to slide up the standings.

 

For the full release see here.

GMC 2016 Schedule Released

The Georgia Military College Men’s and Women’s Junior College Cross Country teams have finalized their schedule for the 2016 fall season.  The team will run in two races this fall hosted by Division I teams.  On 3 September the Bulldogs will travel to Bishop, Ga to run in the University of Georgia Cross Country Invitational.  On 23 September, the Bulldogs will return to Macon, Ga to run in the Mercer University Julius Johnson Invitational.  Both races will allow the GMC teams to see how they stack up against some of the best teams in the southeast.

In addition to these two races, GMC will compete in the Bobcat Classic hosted by Georgia College and State University on 10 September in Milledgeville, GA.  They will finish of the month of September in Newnan, Ga at the SCAD Atlanta Cross Country Invitational on 30 September.

The month on October will include two regular season races the Augusta University Cross Country Invitational on 14 October, and the Toccoa Falls College Cross Country Invitational on 29 October.  The Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association championship will be held on 21 October in Macon, GA.  Last year the women’s team placed second in the championship.  Both teams look to compete well for the conference championship.

The season will come to a close on 12 November in Canandaigua, NY at the NJCAA Division III National Championships.  Last season GMC was represented by two runners at the National Championships, both in the Women’s race.

GMC men’s and women’s Coach Rob Sherwood is looking forward to the season.   “I think that this schedule allows a great balance for our runners.  The runners are really excited to be running in such high profile races.  We are looking to take a much larger group of runners to the NJCAA National Championships.  I am really excited for the upcoming season.