by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men’s cross country team is set to race in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships Saturday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. held in Charlotte, N.C. The Bobcat men will enter seven runners into the race and the top five finishes will count towards the team score.
“This is going to be a fun race this weekend on a very fast course,” said coach Joe Samprone. “Our men’s team is at full strength and we are very hopeful that all our guys will have their best races of the season.”
This year, the men will race senior Tim Cary (Monroe, Ga.) and juniors Daniel Horseman (Cohutta, Ga.), Rob Manning (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Tyler Mattix (Snellville, Ga.) and Colin Conroy (Dacula, Ga.). The Bobcats bring two freshmen along with them to the NCAA Southeast Regionals; Tucker Forbes (Lilburn, Ga.) and Philip Laskey (Marietta, Ga.).
Last year at the regional championships, the men’s cross country team ran to an 11th place finish. Manning led Georgia College in 45th overall, posting a 35:08 time in the 10K race. Already the school record holder in the distance, Manning's time was good for eighth on the all-time list. Cary provided support in 72nd overall (36:10). Travis Knight (Oxford, Ga.) and Conroy took 75th and 76th respectively. Knight covered the course in 36:23, a time matched by Conroy.
Horseman continues to impress this season. He has run in six races, pacing the Bobcats four times. He crossed the finish line in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship 8K race at 26:18. The time was good for an eighth place finish and an All-PBC Second Team Selection. His best finish was first place at the YHC Invitational and his best time was 26:11 at the ASU Tri-Meet, which set the school record for an 8K.
Manning is running another strong season. He has competed in five meets, finishing second overall at the YHC Invitational. He posted his best time for the Bobcats at the ASU Tri-Meet with a time of 26:39.
Mattix has raced in four out of the seven races this season. When he has competed, Mattix has been one of our top runners pacing the Bobcats twice. His best finish was 16:27 at the ASU Tri-Meet and his best overall finish was sixth place at the Citadel Invitational.
At the PBC Championships two weeks ago, Manning finished in 18th place with a time of 27:23. Conroy finished the race in 22nd crossing the end mark at 27:34 and Laskey finished only three seconds behind for a 23rd place finish in his first conference meet.
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