The Georgia Military College Cross Country team ran on Friday 30, September at the SCAD-Atlanta Cross Country Invitational in Newnan, GA. Due to various schedule conflicts neither team was able to field a five runners to field a team. Despite this, the great weather led to quite a few GMC records falling.
The women’s team ran first. Only two GMC runners were able to participate. Jamaica Mitchell (Eastman, GA) led the team with a personal best of 26:55 for a 5k and 63rd place. Carrie Kirkwood (Gray, GA) is continuing to round into form ran almost two minutes faster than the previous week and set a new season’s best. She came in 69th place.
The men’s team had four runners. Sophomore twins, John and Adam Dougherty (Gainesville, GA) led the way for GMC again. John ran a 28.16.9 personal best for the 8k and finished in 11th place. Adam finished one place behind him with a personal best of 28:24.5. Freshman Austin Cook (Cochran, GA) ran his best race of the season and finished in 16th place with a time of 29:33.1. This is the first
time in recent history that the GMC men’s team has had three runners break the 30 min mark in the same race. With this great run, Cook joined the Dougherty brothers as qualifiers for the NJCAA Division III National Championships in Canandaigua, NY hosted by Finger Lakes Community College in early November. The fourth GMC runner Amos Prestwood (Eatonton, GA) ran a personal best of 35:32.1 and finished in 45th place.
The team will run in the final tune-up befor their Conference Championships on 14 October at Augusta University.
Full results can be found here: https://xc.tfrrs.org/results/xc/10835.html