Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University cross country teams hosted the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championships today (Oct. 25) on the West Campus Cross Country Course, with the men taking third and the women fourth.
Pacing the Bobcats and finishing two slots from All-PBC status was freshman Rob Manning (Lawrenceville, Ga.), taking 12th in 28:48. The next four Georgia College runners finished within 20 seconds of each other, as sophomore Erik Ottoson (Suwanee, Ga.) was 19th (29:32), freshman Colin Conroy (Dacula, Ga.) took 21st (29:37), sophomore Tim Cary (Monroe, Ga.) took 23rd (29:46) and rookie Travis Knight (Oxford, Ga.) crossed the line in 29:51, good for 25th.
Columbus State University's David Marley set the pace for the men's competition. The junior was the surprise winner of the men's race, covering the 8k course in 27:18 for his first win of the season.
CSU won their third-straight PBC Championship with the effort and had their best team score of the three with 26 points. Clayton State University was second with 42 and GCSU third with 100.
Columbus State became the first men's team to win three-straight PBC Championships since Kennesaw State University won four in a row from 2001-04.
For the women, the Lady Cougars won their fourth-straight PBC title on Saturday, becoming the first team to win four in a row since Kennesaw State won seven straight from 1994-2000. Like the men's team, the women had their best score on Saturday of their four titles with 33 points. Augusta State University finished second with 54 while North Georgia was third with 110 and GCSU fourth with 126.
Junior Bonnie Ueltzen (Blairsville, Ga.) finished 20th in 21:37, making the top-20 by just one second. Junior Heather Raines (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and sophomore Dani Destiche (Snellville, Ga.) ran in a pair, taking 23rd and 24th at 21:58.0 and 21:58.9, respectively.
Finishing three slots later was freshman Victoria Dobson (New Hamburg, Ontario) with a 22:19. Rounding out the top five for the Bobcats was her classmate, Karissa Ekstrom (Alpharetta, Ga.) toeing the line 32nd at 22:29.
Clayton State's Allison Kreutzer was named the PBC Individual Champion, becoming the fourth woman in conference history to win the award twice. Kreutzer also won as a freshman in 2004. On Saturday, the senior covered the 5k course in 19:25, 19 seconds ahead of second-place.
The muddy course provided challenging slopes and each runner was sure to work extra hard for good times. The second-place finish for the men mirrors last year's spot, and is the second-best finish in program history to runner-up in 2006.
Next, the programs will compete at the NCAA Division II Southeast Championships, hosted by Wingate University Nov. 8.
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