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WINGATE, N.C. - Battling injuries and illnesses the past few weeks, the Georgia College & State University men's cross country team gutted out an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship today (Nov. 7), hosted by Wingate University.
Sophomore Rob Manning (Lawrenceville, Ga.) led Georgia College in 45th overall, posting a 35:08 time in the 10K race. Already the school record holder in the distance, Manning's time was good for eighth on the all-time list.
Junior Tim Cary (Monroe, Ga.) provided support in 72nd overall (36:10). Sophomores Travis Knight (Oxford, Ga.) and Colin Conroy (Dacula, Ga.) took 75th and 76th respectively. Knight covered the course in 36:23, a time matched by Conroy.
Senior Josh Hollar (Canton, Ga.) was 83rd in 36:38 to finish the Bobcat top five.
The ‘Cats had 342 team points, 74 out of the top 10, and behind Mount Olive College. Queens (N.C.) University beat Peach Belt Conference (PBC) school Columbus State University for the team title 28-70.
Oscar Ogwaro of Queen's won the individual title, finishing in 34:14, a photo finish with CSU's Meshack Koyiaki.
The race finishes another solid 2009 campaign for the Bobcats, a year in which GCSU battled illnesses and injuries to multiple key harriers and still finished in the top-10 of each race.
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