GC Women’s Cross Country Battles to 14th at Queen City Invite

Freshman Bailey Brackin
Freshman Bailey Brackin

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Taking on a massive 39-team field that included multiple Division I teams, the Georgia College Women's Cross Country Team took 14th place at the Queen City Invite Friday night.

The Bobcats were led by a personal-best from junior Sydney Brown (Canton, Georgia) as she blitzed the 5K race at Queen University in 18:51, the third-best time in school history. Brown finished in 26th place.

Second on the squad and 55th overall in the 316-runner field was senior Tessa Allen (Atlanta, Georgia). She finished in 19:26 in her first race of the season.

Senior Madison Bowers (Cumming, Georgia) was 89th in 20:15, while rookie Bailey Brackin (Douglasville, Georgia) took 102nd in a personal-best 20:24. Rounding out the scoring finishes was senior Grace Lynch (Snellville, Georgia) crossing the line 134th in 20:58.

The Bobcats had 369 points in 14th place, 48 behind Division I Mercer University. Of the 13 teams ahead of the Bobcats, six were Division I programs including meet champion James Madison University. GC beat D1 teams in The Citadel, Western Carolina University, Presbyterian College, Gardner-Webb University and Coastal Carolina University.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Oct. 12, hosting the Bobcat Invitational at Council Farm Course.

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