MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The Georgia College Men's Cross Country team finished 12th among 24 teams at the NCAA Regional Saturday, with freshman Collin Silliman (Douglasville, Georgia) leading the way, breaking a five-year-old record in his first collegiate 10K.
Silliman finished 39th in 32:20, 21 seconds faster than the previous mark set by Tyler Mattix at the NCAA Regional in 2011.
Freshman Shawn Olmstead (Buford, Georgia) was 69th among 169 runners, crossing the line in 33:13, good for fourth in school history. Junior Jim Galvin (Tucker, Georgia) and sophomore Joshua Warren (Fayetteville, Georgia) ran as a duo for the second-straight race, Galvin finishing 82nd in a personal-best 33:35 and Warren a slot and three seconds later. Warren's finish took nearly a full four minutes off his previous top 10K time.
Rounding out the scoring runners for Georgia College in 96th place was Daniel Sexton (Cumming, Georgia) at 34:09, the first collegiate 10K mark for the second-year vet.
The Bobcats had 341 team points, just five behind Lees-McRae College in 11th. Georgia College was sixth among Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools. The region title went to the University of Mount Olive, led by Adam Craig taking individual honors at 29:49.
The season comes to a close for Bobcat Men's Cross Country, a year featuring a seventh place finish at the PBC Championship and two other top-10 team finishes. The Bobcats were led all year by the freshman duo of Silliman and Olmstead, and don't have a single senior on the roster, a harbinger of great things to come.
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