By Sean Montgomery, Sports Information Student Assistant
OAKWOOD, Ga. – The Georgia College men's cross country team had a strong finish at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championships in Oakwood, Ga. Saturday. Having two runners finish within the top-20 overall, the team placed fourth.
The Georgia College runners packed together well. Five men finished within the 28th minute.
Three seniors finished at the top of the team roster, with Paul McNeil (Dunwoody) once again leading the Bobcat men to the finish line. McNeil placed 17th overall with a time of 27:06 in the 8K run.
Not far behind, two seconds to be exact, was Michael Warrick (Marietta). With a time of 27:08, Warrick sprinted through the finish line in 18th place.
James Ryden (Atlanta) followed in 22nd place with a time of 27:18.
Following the seniors were freshman Trent Johnson (Dacula) and sophomore Jim Galvin (Tucker). Johnson finished in 35th, running his third-fastest time of the season at 27:49. Galvin finished with a time of 27:53, placing just three spots behind in 38th.
The Bobcat team finished fourth overall, improving three spots from last year's seventh-place finish. The fourth slot is the best for the Georgia College men since taking runner-up honors in 2006.
Including the PBC Championships, the Bobcat men have seen three top-five finishes on the season. The team placed second at both the Furman Invitational and the Georgia Division II Collegiate Championships.
Georgia College cross country will be back in action Nov. 7 as the team travels to Wingate, North Carolina to compete at the at the NCAA Southeast Regional Meet.
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