MONTEVALLO, Ala. - The Georgia College women's cross country team was chosen seventh in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Coaches Preseason Poll, but came away with a fifth place finish in the PBC Championship Saturday, Oct. 20 in Montevallo, Ala. A trio of Bobcat runners led the team.
Freshman Taylor Roeck (Cumming, Ga.) finished 15th among 91 runners in the 6K race with a time of 23:34, the second fastest 6K time in GC history. Her time puts Roeck just 26 seconds behind Allison Lones (Kathleen, Ga.), who finished the 2011 Southeast Regional in 23:08. Roeck was also named to the PBC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Lena White (Smyrna, Ga.) finished 26th, her time of 24:12 being the fifth-fastest 6K race in GC history. The Bobcats were not done with just two top-10 finishes, as Lones finished 32nd overall, with a time of 24:19, tying her own time from 2011, now the ninth fastest 6K finish in GC history.
Senior Victoria Dobson (New Hamburg, Ontario) came in 35th overall with a time of 24:35. Sophomore Whitney Sweet (Roswell, Ga.) rounded out the scoring for the Bobcats with a time of 24:58, finishing 40th overall.
The fifth place team finish is a two-slot improvement over the 2011 season, and the highest spot for GC since 2009.
The Bobcats will be back in action Nov. 3 as they travel to Charlotte, N.C. to compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship.
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