April 9, 2013

Former Bobcat Runner One of Two to Receive Statewide Science Conference Award

MILLEDGEVILE, Ga. – Former Georgia College men’s cross-country runner Tyler Mattix (Snellville, Ga.) brought home an award from the Georgia Academy of Science Annual Conference. Mattix, along with fellow Bobcat senior Loribeth Berry, won best oral presentation in the earth science category.

Mattix ran cross-country for Georgia College in 2010 and 2011. He earned a spot on the All-PBC second team in 2011 and was the first runner in Bobcat history named to the All-Southeast Region Team in 2011. The senior environmental science major was a PBC Presidential Honor Roll Bronze Scholar and holds the record for the fastest 10K time in school history.

While running for the Bobcats, Mattix was also a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, participating in drills and workouts on the weekends.

Georgia College sent nine undergraduate and two graduate students to the conference to compete among 200 students and faculty members at Valdosta State University. “I thought it was a joke at first when I found out I had won,” said Mattix. “The reason we win awards like this is because of our faculty. Without our faculty sponsors to partner with on our research projects or the dedicated faculty members who took us to the conference, we would not have been able to receive this recognition.”

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