by Brian DeCandia, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men’s cross country team and head coach Joe Samprone are gearing up to race in the Peach Belt Conference Championships this Saturday in Aiken, S.C. hosted by USC Aiken set for a 10:45 a.m. start.
“This is the first team we’ve brought to conference in a long time that I don’t know where they are going to finish,” said coach Samprone. “This is one of the most talented group of runners we have ever had. We are ready and have been gearing up for this tournament all season. The squad is deeper at this point of the season than we have been all year.”
Senior Daniel Horseman (Cohutta, Ga.) has paced the Bobcats in all but two races this season. His best finish was fourth at the Bobcat Invitational with a time of 28:26 and his best time was 26:22 at the Augusta State University Invitational. Fellow senior Tyler Mattix (Snellville, Ga.) has been chasing down Horseman all season long. Mattix paced the Bobcats in the first two races he ran this season, including his highest finish, third place at the Bobcat Invitational.
Of the other five runners to make the cut, three are seniors. These include Colin Conroy (Dacula, Ga.), Rob Manning (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Travis Knight (Oxford, Ga.). Conroy has been third on the squad all season, but looks to make a push in his final race. In his most recent race, he finished 11th at the ASU Invitational. Manning has come on as of late and Knight looks to remain in the Bobcats top-five this weekend.
Two sophomores will be making the trek this weekend, Philip Laskey (Marietta, Ga.) and Tucker Forbes (Lilburn, Ga.). Forbes had his best finish of the season at the ASU invitational. He placed 21st with a time of 28:04. Laskey is overcoming a mid-season injury and had his best time at the RunFit Invitational finishing 31st at 27:54.
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