By Sean Montgomery, Sports Information Student Assistant
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Georgia College men's cross country team finished ninth out of 31 schools on Saturday morning at the Furman Invitational in Greenville, South Carolina. Finishing second among non-Division I schools, the Bobcat men had three runners place within the top 55 overall.
Senior James Ryden (Atlanta, Georgia) came in 50th place to lead the team with a time of 26:03 in the 8K race, the second-best time in school history. Classmate Michael Warrick (Marietta, Georgia) following closely in 52nd with a time of 26:04 a personal best and good for third in the school record books. Fellow senior Paul McNeil (Dunwoody, Georgia) placed 54th with a time of 26:06 to round out the top Bobcat runners. McNeil is the current record holder at the distance, set in last year's Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship.
Matt Sutton (Norcross, Georgia) and Joshua Warren (Fayetteville, Georgia) also contributed to the overall team score with placements of 105th and 130th. The sophomore Sutton set a personal-best at 26:48.
"I thought the guys did really well," said head coach Steven Cary. "We were patient early on but positioned ourselves well and showed great poise for the second half."
Georgia College finished with an average team time of 26:24.61 and scored a total of 301 points to edge out Emory University by 10 to secure the team's ninth place finish. The lone non-Division I team ahead of the Bobcats was Division II Lee University in eighth overall.
"One of our goals was to be top three out of all the Division II schools [at the meet] and we were second", Cary mentioned as he applauded the team's finish. He added that the team's mindset was to take the season one meet at a time.
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