Two Bobcat Men Named to PBC All-Academic Team

Two Bobcat Men Named to PBC All-Academic Team

By Sean Montgomery, Sports Information Student Assistant


AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Georgia College men's cross country team had two runners selected to the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) All-Academic Team which was revealed Wednesday. The team recognizes outstanding performance in the classroom as well as on the field.

James Ryden (Atlanta) and Thomas Templeman (Snellville) were the two names selected to represent Georgia College.

Ryden, a senior psychology major with a minor in chemistry, posted a 3.83 grade point average (GPA) throughout his career. This accomplishment marks the third consecutive year that he has been named to the PBC All-Academic Team after posting a 4.00 GPA in 2014 and a 3.90 GPA in 2015.

Templeman, a sophomore exercise science major, has a 3.45 GPA for his career. This is the first time that he has been named to the team.

The duo has also put together an impressive season, helping to lead the Bobcat men to as high as fourth in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)  Southeast Region Poll.

The Bobcat team will be back in action Saturday, Oct. 24 as they compete for the PBC Championship in Dahlonega, Georgia.

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 to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.