GCSU Cross Country Teams Remain in Top-10 Regional Rankings

by Tonishia Wimbish, sports information student assistant

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association of America (USTFCCCA) recently released its week 6 Southeast Region rankings, with the Georgia College & State University teams both taking spots in the top-10. The men took ninth and the women 10th.

Senior Heather Raines (Lawrenceville, Ga.), reigning Peach Belt Conference Runner of the Week and GCSU Athlete of the Week, led the team in ninth place overall at the St. Michael's College Invitational. She was just six seconds away from the Georgia College record in the 5K. Sophomore Colin Conroy (Dacula, Ga.) was the best runner for the men this week at 21st.

Queens (N.C.) University still holds the top slot for the men, with GCSU as the fourth amongst the five PBC schools ranked. Columbus State University ranks second, Clayton State University ranks sixth, and UNC Pembroke ranks eight in the polls. North Georgia follows the Bobcats in 10th place.

For the women, Queens (N.C.) University also continues to hold the top slot. The Bobcats remain ranked at 10th, while they are fourth amongst the PBC schools. Columbus State ranks fourth, Augusta State University follows at fifth, and the University of Montevallo ranks ninth in the polls.

Both squads are back in action Oct. 24 for the PBC Championship at UNC Pembroke.

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