By Sean Montgomery, Sports Information Student Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College cross country will host the Georgia Division II Collegiate Championships at the Council Farm Course the morning of Saturday, Oct. 10. The competition will feature top teams and talent from the state of Georgia.
Consisting of teams from the South and Southeast regions, four conferences will be represented at the meet: the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), Conference Carolinas (CC), the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and the Gulf South Conference (GSC).
The men's field will boast 12 teams: Albany State University, Armstrong State University, Clark Atlanta University, Clayton State University, Columbus State University, Emmanuel College, Georgia College, Morehouse College, Paine College, Valdosta State University and the University of West Georgia.
The women's field will show 11 teams: Albany State University, Clark Atlanta University, Clayton State University, Columbus State University, Emmanuel College, Georgia College, Georgia Southwestern State University, Paine College, Valdosta State University, the University of West Georgia and Young Harris College.
Representing the PBC, four men's and women's teams are ranked within the top-10 in the Southeast Region according to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). On the men's side, Georgia College is ranked fourth, Columbus State University No. 6 and on the women's side, Columbus State is ranked eighth and Young Harris College is ranked 10th.
The Valdosta State University, from the GSC, is ranked 10th in the South region for the men.
In just its second year of use by the Bobcat cross country program, the Council Farm Course will feature 6K and 8K lengths for the first time, thus setting the course records during Saturday's race.
The meet will feature top Division II talent from the state of Georgia. The men's 8K race will begin at 9 a.m. with the women's 6K race following just behind at 9:45 a.m. The Council Farm Course is located on Council McCranie Road in Milledgeville.
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.