Mattix Garners First All-Region Honor for GC, Breaks School Record as Bobcats Take 14th at Regionals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Powered by the first All-Southeast honor in school history and a school recordbook reshuffling, the Georgia College men's cross country team took 14th Saturday at the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional Championship, hosted by Queens University. Senior standout Tyler Mattix (Snellville, Ga.) took All-Region for the first time in GC history, and set the school's record time in the process.

Running in his last collegiate meet, Mattix laid it all out, scorching the 10K McAlpine Park course in 32:41, edging the one-year old record by 10 seconds. Mattix finished 17th overall, and fourth among the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) runners in the race.

Classmate Dan Horseman (Cohutta, Ga.) was 62nd in 33:47, the fourth-best time in school history. Horseman closes his career as the third two-time All-PBC runner in school history.

Senior Rob Manning (Lawrenceville, Ga.) was 78th with a 34:12, while classmate Colin Conroy (Dacula, Ga.) crossed the line in 34:37 for 87th place.

The lone underclassman to put up a scoring finish was sophomore Philip Laskey (Marietta, Ga.), taking 103rd with a 35:12.

The Bobcats finished in 14th place with 337 points, just nine behind PBC foe Flagler College. Host Queens dominated the field, finishing with 62 points and beating the field by 20. PBC Champion Augusta State University finished in sixth place with 207 points. The Bobcats were seventh of the nine Peach Belt teams at the meet.

The Southeast Regional brings an end to the Bobcats' 2011 campaign, a season in which Mattix and Horseman both earned All-PBC honors. GC also put a league-best three on the PBC All-Academic teams, as Tucker Forbes (Lilburn, Ga.) joined Horseman and Laskey on the list.

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