Bobcat Cross Country Teams Selected to National All-Academic Teams List

Bobcat Cross Country Teams Selected to National All-Academic Teams List

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NEW ORLEANS – Both of the Georgia College & State University cross country teams were chosen to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National All-Academic Teams, the organization announced recently.

Coached by Joe Samprone, the Bobcat women’s harriers have earned a 3.48 cumulative team GPA, while the Bobcat men came in with a 3.14. To be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, a team must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Championship and also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative GPA.

Georgia College’s women’s team was tops in GPA among the six Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools on the list, bettering the University of Montevallo by 0.18. The men’s squad was second of the three PBC schools, behind 3.38 Columbus State University and ahead of Francis Marion University.

GCSU’s women got the job done on the course as well this season, taking a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship, the best in school history. Georgia College also finished runner-up at the PBC Championships, also an all-time best for the Bobcat women.

The Bobcat men battled injuries and illness all season, still managing three top five finishes on the year. Georgia College finished fifth at the PBC Championships and 11th at the NCAA Southeast Regional in 2009.

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