by Kelly Law, sports information student
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.- It has been an outstanding season for the Georgia College Women's Cross Country team. The Bobcats will seek to continue their successful season in their biggest meet yet, the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional held this Saturday, Nov. 9 at Wingate University.
Most recently, the team finished in sixth place in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship Race Oct. 26.
Similar to the team's 2018 season, junior Sydney Brown (Canton) has had a large part in the team's success. At this year's Bobcat Invitational, Brown had a personal-best 6K time of 22:47 and led the team to a fourth-place finish in the field of 14.
Tessa Allen (Atlanta) has also been a key runner for the Bobcats, who led GC in the PBC Championship. Allen finished the 5K in 19:43, which earned her 23rd place in the field of 105 runners.
The roster for the Bobcats this weekend will also include seniors Madison Bowers (Cumming), Grace Lynch (Snellville) and Maddy Howe (Dacula), junior Sarah Mae McGowan (Johns Creek) and freshman Bailey Brackin (Douglasville). Howe, Lynch and Bowers each ran at the NCAA Regional last season, but it will be the first career NCAA postseason action for McGowan and Brackin.
Last year, the Georgia College Women's Cross Country team took seventh place at NCAA Region meet with Allen and Brown placing in the top-35.
Saturday's NCAA Regional meet is slated to get underway at 9 a.m. The race will take place at the Wingate University Cross Country Facility.
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