By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Student Assistant
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Georgia College senior psychology major James Ryden (Atlanta) earned the Peach Belt Conference's (PBC) AstroTurf Runner of the Week this week with the fastest 8K run time in the conference so far this year.
Ryden finished the nearly five-mile trek in 26:03 minutes Saturday at the Furman Classic in Greenville, South Carolina. He was 10th across the finish line, leaving 164 runners behind him, and the top PBC athlete of the race.
His best time last year for the 8K was 26:35 at the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Kentucky Oct. 4, 2014. This year, he shaved over thirty seconds off his time and became the second-fastest 8K finisher in Bobcat history, about a minute behind now-senior Paul McNeil's 25:28 time at the PBC Championships in Augusta last November.
Ryden's 10th overall finish helped the Bobcats gain a weekend second-place finish out of 19 teams.
Next up for the men's cross country team is University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minnesota Saturday, Sept. 26.
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