MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Cross Country team exhibited strong depth in Saturday's action, taking runner-up honors at the 2016 Bobcat Invitational.
The five scoring runners took slot Nos. 14-18 to power their trophy-earning charge.
Newcomer Collin Silliman (Douglasville) led the way in his first action for the Bobcats, finishing in 27:21 in the 8K race. The Furman University transfer was 14th overall in the sizeable 94-runner field.
Freshman Shawn Olmstead (Buford) crossed the line next, seeing his first collegiate action. The rookie posted a 27:43 time. A pair of returners in sophomore Daniel Sexton (Cumming) and junior Jim Galvin (Tucker) took the next two spots. Sexton posted a personal-best 27:43, while the 2015 Julius Johnson Invitational Champion finished in 27:57. Freshman Austin Vonkutzleben (Monroe) rounded out the scoring for the Bobcats, finishing his first career 8K in 28:01.
The Bobcats finished with 80 points, just 24 behind team champion Augusta University. Another Peach Belt Conference (PBC) program in Columbus State University took third, while the Gulf South Conference's Valdosta State University was fourth and PBC's Young Harris College fifth.
YHC's Timothy Asis won the individual race in a blistering 24:53, topping the field in the form of Morehouse College's Trey Simons by 22 seconds.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Falcon Classic, hosted by the University of Montevallo.
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