Bobcat Harriers Kick off 2009 at Berry Invite, Men Take Eighth

Bobcat Harriers Kick off 2009 at Berry Invite, Men Take Eighth

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BERRY, Ga. - After a ‘false start' of postponing the first meet of the season, the Georgia College & State University cross country squads travelled to Berry College to start the 2009 season today (Sept. 12). The men's team took eighth of the 20-team field on the 8K race.

Georgia College placed fourth among the Division II schools in the event. The Bobcats had 250 points, bettering the ninth team, Covenant College, by 35. Bryan College took the team title with just 44 points. Peach Belt Conference (PBC) school Columbus State University was second with 61, followed by Shorter College, host Berry, Lee University, PBC school Clayton State University and the University of West Georgia before the ‘Cats.

Senior two-time All-PBC honoree Josh Hollar (Canton, Ga.) crossed the line 36th in 27:43. The next batch of Bobcats ran in a tight group, with four racers finishing within a seven-second span.

Junior Tim Cary (Monroe, Ga.) started the mass of ‘Cats, taking 61st in 28:27, a personal best. Two slots and two seconds later was Colin Conroy (Dacula, Ga.), leading a trio of sophomores. Travis Knight (Oxford, Ga.) was 64th (28:30), with Rob Manning (Lawrenceville, Ga.) at 65th (28:34).

Columbus State's Meshack Koyiaki took individual medalist honors in 24:33, bettering teammate Nicholas Kering and the field by 28 seconds.

The Bobcats are back in action Friday, Sept. 18 at the Ricardo Romo/Six Flags Fiesta Texas Classic, hosted by the University of Texas-San Antonio.

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