By Sean Montgomery, Sports Information Student Assistant
NEW ORLEANS, La. – In the first year of Steven Cary's stint as head coach, the Bobcat men's cross country team has climbed to the highest regional ranking in school history. The team remained ranked fourth in the Southeast Region in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) polls released Tuesday.
The Bobcats had a solid weekend as they traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. The team had an average team time of 28:08 and placed 15th out of 37 Division II teams on the 8K course. Two runners, James Ryden (Atlanta, Georgia) and Paul McNeil (Duluth, Georgia), placed within the top-50 overall.
The team also sent runners to compete in the inaugural Julius Johnson Invitational at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Led by sophomore Jim Galvin (Tucker), who finished in first place with a time of 28:08, the team placed first overall in the 8K out of the three non-Division I teams.
In addition to Georgia College, three other Peach Belt Conference (PBC) teams cracked the top-10 in the Southeast Region. UNC Pembroke is the lone school ahead of the Bobcats at number three. Columbus State University and Augusta University fall just below at five and six.
The next meet for Bobcat cross country will be Saturday, Oct. 10 as they host the Division II Georgia Collegiate Championships, a Bobcat home meet on the new Council Farm Course.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on social media for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.