GMC Juco runs well at SCAD-Atlanta

Newnan, GA                                                                             

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.img_5941

img_5940-2The 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 hiimg_5947-3s 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:



FVSU runs at Columbus State

The Wildcats raced on 24 Sept at the CSU Invitational in Columbus, Georgia.  Both men’s and women’s teams ran a 5k.  Jasmine Davis led the Lady Wildcats with a 29th place finish.  The Lady Wildcats finished in 5th place.

Quinton Frederick finished the men’s race in 25th place to lead the Wildcats to a 4th place.

The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats are next scheduled to run at the Willie Laster Invitational hosed by Albany State University on 1 October.

GCSU places well in Nashville, TN

Men’s Results. – Powered by a 15th place finish from freshman Collin Silliman (Douglasville, Georgia) the Georgia College Men’s Cross Country team took ninth place Saturday at the Trevecca Nazarene D2 Showcase.

Silliman led the Bobcat charge for the third-straight race, taking 15th place by posting a silliman_collin0227:26 in dramatic fashion, topping the next runner by seven seconds.

The pack running that had been the Bobcat men’s team forte up to this point eluded Georgia College, as the next finisher came in 44th in the form of freshman Shawn Olmstead (Buford, Georgia). The rookie crossed the line in 28:33. Third on the squad and 56th overall was junior Jim Galvin (Tucker, Georgia) in 28:56. The next two Bobcats took 62nd and 63rd, as sophomore Brian Skoglind (Cumming, Georgia) edged classmate Daniel Sexton (Cumming, Georgia) 29:23.5 to 29.23.8.

The Bobcats totaled 222 points for ninth, topped by South Atlantic Conference (SAC) foe Lincoln Memorial University. Georgia College finished ahead of three squads in the 12-team race. Northeast-10 (NE-10) representative Bentley University won the team title, edging Rogers State University of the Heartland Conference. RSU’s Baylor Harvey won individual honors in 25:38.

The Bobcats are back in action Friday, Oct. 7, traveling to the Royals XC Challenge in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Women’s Results

Junior Katherine Yost (Norcross, Georgia) continues to add to an already impressive resume, breaking a six-year-old school record in the 5K Saturday, taking second at the Trevecca Nazarene D2 Showcase. Yost took runner-up honors in the race, leading the team to a seventh-place finish in the meet, hosted by Trevecca Nazarene University.

yost_katherine03Yost blazed the 5K course in 18:57, topping the 19:13 mark set by Allison Lones Oct. 23, 2010. Yost has led the Bobcats in each of her two races this season.

Second on the team and 27th overall was Kaitlyn Griffith (Cumming, Georgia) crossing the line in 20:23. Fellow freshman Anna Tipton (Hartwell, Georgia)finished 33rd with a time of 20:41. The youth movement continued, as rookie Grace Lynch (Lawrenceville, Georgia) crossed in 20:54 for 40th place, and freshman Madison Bowers (Cumming, Georgia) took 57th in 21:53.

The Bobcats totaled 158 points for seventh, edged by one from Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe UNC Pembroke. Georgia College finished ahead of seven teams, including region opponents in Lenoir-Rhyne University and Lincoln Memorial University. Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) representative Bloomsburg University won the team title, edging Truman State University of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).  Truman’s Laura Tarantino won individual honors, just 11 seconds ahead of Yost.

The Bobcats are back in action Friday, Oct. 7, traveling to the Royals XC Challenge in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mercer wins own invitational

ahmed_jama_1Men’s Results – Missing the first two races of the season posed no issue for sophomore Ahmed Jama, who won the individual crown en route to pacing the Mercer men to the team victory in the Julius Johnson Invitational on Friday at the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home.

Jama, who was racing for the first time competitively this fall, finished in 26 minutes and 38.83 seconds to lead a group of seven Bears who finished in the top-10 of the 8K event. He defended his title at the Julius Johnson Invitational, as he won the inaugural race a year ago.

Freshmen Michael Rowlands (28:43.81) and Marc Reiser (29:08.94) finished third and fourth while sophomore Justin Hanson (29:17.71) claimed fifth place. Sam Gelabert (29:34.74), Mac Power (30:00.77) and Mark Brannen (30:25.09) placed seventh, ninth and 10th individually.

Mercer’s total time was 2:23:24.03. The Orange and Black was the only Division I men’s team in the race, but finished ahead of Armstrong State (2:36:26.71) and Georgia Military College (2:44:15.71) to round out the top-three.

“I was hoping Ahmed would repeat and I’m glad he pulled it out tonight against some stiff competition from Armstrong State’s Henning Schein,” Bailey said. “This was the first 8K for our freshmen and they all raced very well – I’m definitely impressed with Michael Rowlands who placed third overall and ran what looked like a very respectable time.”

Mercer travels to Oxford, Alabama next weekend to run in its second event of the season hosted by Jacksonville State. The Bears will look to continue their success from Friday into the Jacksonville State Foothills Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 1.

For complete coverage of Mercer Cross Country, please visit the official home of Mercer Athletics at



Women’s results

 Senior Victoria Rogers continued an impressive senior season with a second-place finish at the Julius Johnson Invitational, leading the Mercer women’s cross country team to a runner-up effort at the Georgia Industrial victoria_rogers_1Children’s Home on Friday.

Rogers ran the women’s 5K in 19 minutes and 45.21 seconds, approximately six seconds behind Georgia Southern’s Ashton Lord, who won the event in 19:39.28. The Eagles would go on to take the team victory as they split the top-10 with Mercer but claimed three of the top five finishes.

Courtney Czerniak (20:02.11), McKaylin Darsey (20:13.81), Kimberly Whiting (20:24.59) and Anna Grzeszczak (20:35.56) finished fifth, seventh, ninth and 10th, respectively to round out Mercer’s top finishers. Every Mercer runner finished in less than 24 minutes and placed no higher than 27th overall.

“I’m thankful for our freshman class,” Bailey said. “We’re very young on the women’s side and I feel like we just ran out of ground tonight – if this were a 6K, we might have beat [Georgia Southern]. But, considering this is our freshmen’s first collegiate 5K, I’m proud of them.”

Mercer travels to Oxford, Alabama next weekend to run in its second event of the season hosted by Jacksonville State. The Bears will look to continue their success from Friday into the Jacksonville State Foothills Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 1.

For complete coverage of Mercer Cross Country, please visit the official home of Mercer Athletics at

GMC runs well at Mercer University Julius Johnson Invitational

The GMC Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams raced at the Macon Children’s


Austin Cook during the race

Industrial Home to compete in the Mercer Julius Johnson Invitational.  The men started first and finished 2nd in the non-Division I race.  They defeated Clark Atlanta, Central Georgia Tech, and LaGrange College.  GMC had 4 of the top 9 runners in the race led by Adam Dougherty and is twin brother John  (Gainesville, FL) who finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Adam finished the race in 29:17.9 and John in 29:36.4.  Austin Cook (Cochran, GA) ended up in 8th place with a 32:27.4 and Dominic Roberts (Las Vegas, NV)

finished in 9th place with a 33:56.4.  The 5th runner for GMC was Amos Prestwood.  It was a great race for the men’s team.


The GMC Women’s team ran one of their best races of the past few seasons.  They were led by Freshman Destinee Hernandez (Merrit Island, FL) who ended up in 12th place in the non-Division I race with a time of 25:37.1.  She was followed close behind by Sophomore Alicia Santiago (Hinesville, GA) who ended up in 15th place with a time of 26:02.2.  Freshmen Talisa Soto (Gainesville, GA) fin015ished 20th, Sophomore Jamacia Mitchell (Eastman, GA) finished 21st and Sophomore Sierra Brower (Pine Grove, PA) finished 26th to round out the scoring.  The team was the highest place NJCAA school and was only 13 points out of 2nd place in the non-Division I race.


Full results are found here –

Both teams ran a great race.  Their next race is 30 Sept at SCAD-Atlanta.

GMC Juco at GCSU Bobcat Invitational

The GCSU Bobcat Invitational held on September 10 served as a GCAA Conference preview.  Based on the meet’s results, Georgia Military College is in a good position to be successful in both the men’s and women’s title races this October.

men-at-gcsuThe GMC men’s team competed against 17 schools, 4 of which are included in the top 10 schools in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region poll.  John Dougherty (Gainsville, FL) ran the fastest time for GMC with a 28:15.3 for the 8k course.  He placed 25th, three spots ahead of his brother Adam Dougherty (Gainsville, FL), who ran the course in 28:36.3.  Adam had already secured his spot at the NJCAA Division III National Championships with his race last week at the UGA Cross Country Invitational and this week’s race enabled his brother John to also qualify and represent GMC at the National Championships.  GMC’s other runners at the meet included Austin Cook (Cochran, GA), Dominic Roberts (Las Vegas, NV), Amos Prestwood (Eatonton, GA) and Alvaro Garcia (Brooklyn, NY).  All of the runners for the men’s team improved their times from the UGA Cross Country Invitational last week, with Cook finishing just outside of the time that he needs to qualify for the National Championships.  The team finished in 10th place, ahead of all of the other NJCAA schools, as well as some 4 year schools in attendance.  In fact, GMC had 4 runners finish before any of the other NJCAA schools had even one runner complete the course.  The men are to be commended for an excellent race.

The GMC women’s cross country team competed against a field of 17 schools that included women-at-gcsu4 of the top 10 schools in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region poll.  Unlike last week, the women’s race slightly longer – a 6k instead of a 5k.  Destenee Hernandez (Merrit Island, FL) led the way for GMC with a time of 30:59.  She was the 2nd fastest NJCAA runner at the meet.  Sierra Brower was 2nd for the team with a time of 32:34.  Other runners for GMC were Sarah Conners (LaGrange, GA), Taliso Soto (Gainesville, GA), Jamacia Mitchell (Eastman, GA), Jessica Hurtado (Grovetown, GA), and Lucy Pitts (Chantilly, VA).  Hernandez finished just outside of the time that she needs to qualify for the National Championships. The Lady Bulldogs were also joined by Alicia Santiago (Hinesville, GA) who was unable to finish the race due to injury.  The team finished in 14th place, ahead of all of the other NJCAA schools.  The women’s team had a great race and are to be lauded for their hard work.

Commenting on the race, Coach Rob Sherwood said, “I am really proud of the student-athletes.  Despite the demanding schedule of classes, homework, class projects, part-time jobs, and for some the rigors of the GMC Corps of Cadets, they still find time to excel in Cross Country.”

Full results are found here.

Looking to the future, the GMC Bulldogs run next at the Mercer Julius Johnson Invitational on September 23 at the Children’s Industrial Home in Macon, GA.

GCSU gets Dual meet victories


The Georgia College Men’s Cross Country team had to wait an extra day than originally planned due to tropical storms along the coast, but still started the season on the right foot Saturday morning, topping Armstrong State University in a dual race on the road. The Bobcats dominated, topping the Pirates 22-33.

Freshman Conner Reynolds (Peachtree City) finished tops on the team and second overall, ending the 5K race at 17:12. Classmate Austin Vonkutzleben(Monroe) was third at 17:21.

Sophomore Austin Campbell (Cumming) ran a 17:27, good for fourth overall, while fellow sophomore Joshua Warren (Fayetteville) added a sixth-place finish at 17:43. Rounding out the scoring five for the Bobcats was rookie Andrew Cowick (Bogart) in seventh at 18:19.

Armstrong’s Henning Schein won the race at 16:27.


Freshman Anna Tipton (Hartwell) couldn’t have started her career for Georgia College much better than she did Saturday morning, winning a dual race at Armstrong State University, powering the Bobcats to a victory over the Pirates, 23-32.

Tipton blistered the 5K course in 20:39, a full 40 seconds in front of the field.

Second on the team and third overall was freshman Madison Bowers (Cumming) crossing the line in 21:27. Junior Brittney Schwind (Suwanee) was next at 22:10, with rookie Sarah Breeden (Decatur) just four seconds behind in fifth. Rounding out the scorers for the Bobcats was sophomore Sarah Willis (Tifton)adding a 10th place finish at 24:20.

The top finisher for the first-year Pirate women’s cross country program was Kaylee Bromell in second place at 20:39.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Sept. 10 hosting the Bobcat Invitational on the Council Farm Course.


Mercer runs at Jacksonville State University

OXFORD, Ala. –  Seven Mercer men competed in the Strut’s Season Opener invitational meet Friday evening, resulting in a fifth place team finish among six total cross country programs.

The Bears, who ran in the red division of the 5k run, finished with a total time of one hour and 24.35 seconds and an average time of 16:55 individually. FreshmenJohn Fravel and Marc Reiser were Mercer’s top-two finishers with times of 16:35.1 and 16:44.4, good for 48th and 60th place, respectively.

Mac Power (16:59.0), Sam Gelabert (17:08.1), Mark Brannen (17:08.9), Jackson Tribou (17:17.5) and Abraham Balawi (17:34.2) were Mercer’s other finishers.

Auburn placed at the top of the team rankings, followed by Troy, Samford and Jacksonville State. The Bears finished ahead of Florida A&M, which took sixth place in the red division.

Behind a 15-minute and 6.9 second individual performance by senior Victoria Rogers, the Mercer women placed sixth overall at the Strut’s Season Opener on Friday.

Mercer’s overall time of 1:18.02 in the 4k cross country run placed the Bears behind team leader Auburn (1:12.44), Georgia State (1:15.18), Chattanooga (1:15.42), Florida A&M (1:16.28) and Samford (1:17.40). The Bears finished ahead of Troy and host Jacksonville State.

Rogers’ 15:06.9 mark was good for 17th place overall. Twelve other Mercer women competed in the event: Courtney Czerniak (15:35.0), Kimberly Whiting (15:36.2), Shannon Millikin (15:48.2), Anna Grzeszczak (15:56.6), McKaylin Darsey(16:03.2), Katie-Rose Alligood (16:17.5), Brianna Wahy (16:37.9), Bethanie Bailey(16:40.9), Ellen Powell (16:50.3), Julia Turbyfield (16:56.9), Katie Whitworth(17:23.2) and Nidhi Shashidara (17.29.4).

Mercer hits the road again next weekend for the Powerade Invitational in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10.

For full results see here.


GMC JuCo runs at UGA Invitational

On a beautiful Saturday morning, perfect for running, the Georgia Military College started what is expected to be a very successful season at the University of Georgia Cross Country Invitational held at the UGA Equestrian Center in Bishop, GA.  The event was a great opportunity for the running Bulldogs to compete with some of the best teams in the Southeast over a variety of divisions.  The meet was headlined by UGA, Georgia Tech, and Kennesaw State.  “Both of our team, men’s and women’s, were excited to run against teams of such high quality” said Head Coach Rob Sherwood.  “They wanted to see how their off-season workouts had prepared themselves for the season.  I was pleased with what I saw.”

The men’s team started the day at 8:00am.  The rolling hills led to a very quick race of 8 kilometers and where GMC Sophomore Adam Dougherty (Gainesville, FL) finished with a time of 29:58.7.  He was the fastest NJCAA runner at the race, and also with this run qualified for the NJCAA Division III National Championships in November.  Freshman Austin Cook (Cochran, GA), who was running his first competitive 8k, finished 2nd for the team. Sophomore John Dougherty was 3rd for the team followed by Freshmen Dominic Roberts (Las Vegas, NV) and Alvaro Garcia (Bronx, NY) rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs.  GMC finished in 3rd place in the non-NCAA Division I race.

The women’s team started their race at 8:45am and the relatively cool weather enabled the runners to compete in conditions conducive to good times.  Freshman Destinee Hernandez (Merritt Island, FL) led the team with an 18th place finish, she also was the highest placed female NJCAA runner at the race.  Sophomore Alicia Santiago (Hinesville, GA) was right behind her in 19th and sophomore teammate Sierra Brower finished 20th.  The Lady Bulldogs scoring finished with Jamacia Mitchell (Eastman, GA) and Jessica Hurtado (Grovetown), both Freshmen finishing in 23rd and 24th.  The GMC Women’s team finished in 3rd place in the non-NCAA Division I race.

Both teams will return to training after the Labor Day weekend and race next Saturday, 10 September at the Georgia College Bobcat Invitational at the Council Farm Course on Council McCraine Rd.  The men will run at 8:30 am and the women at 9:30 am.