CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Georgia College Men's Cross Country team took on one of the largest fields they'll face all season Saturday, finishing 13th among 39 teams at the Queens Royals XC Challenge.
Freshman Collin Silliman (Douglasville, Georgia) led the way for the Bobcats as he has now for four straight races. The Bobcat rookie was 63rd in a massive 366-runner field, crossing the line in the 8K race at 25:58. Silliman's time cuts nearly two minutes off his previous best of 27:17 at the Falcon Classic and is third all-time at Georgia College, behind a pair of times set by former All-Region runner Paul McNeil.
Rookie Shawn Olmstead (Buford, Georgia) posted a personal-best time of 26:17, good for 85th overall and the 10th best time in school history. Junior Jim Galvin (Tucker, Georgia) was third on the squad and 109th overall at 26:41, a personal-record for the third-year Bobcat.
Freshman Austin Vonkutzleben (Monroe, Georgia) was 137th in 26:59, bettering his previous 8K mark of 28:01, set at the Bobcat Invitational. Rounding out the scorers was sophomore Joshua Warren (Fayetteville, Georgia), finishing two spots later in 139th, crossing the line in an even 27:00.
The Bobcats finished with 466 points, narrowly-edged by the Conference Carolinas' (CC) King University at 431. Gulf South Conference (GSC) opponent No. 21 Lee University took the team title at just 66 points, topping National No. 17 University of Mount Olive by 11. The individual champion was an unattached runner in James Quattlebaum, crossing the line in 23:53.
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