Men and Women Harriers Both Regionally Ranked in Top-10

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant 

NEW ORLEANS - The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association of America (USTFCCCA) recently released its second batch of region rankings this season, with both Georgia College & State University cross country teams remaining in the top-10.

The men's squad remained in seventh place and is ranked third among Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools. Queens (N.C.) University still sits at first, followed by 2008 PBC Champion Columbus State University. Clayton State University, Mars Hill College and Lees-McRae College round out the top-five. Erskine College, Georgia College, Lenior-Rhyne University, North Georgia and UNC Pembroke are ranked in the bottom five.

The men harriers finished eighth at the Berry Invite on Sept. 12. Georgia College placed fourth among the Division II schools in the event. Senior two-time All-PBC honoree Josh Hollar (Canton, Ga.) crossed the finish line in 27:43 to finish 36th. The next four Bobcats were Tim Cary (Monroe, Ga.), Colin Conroy (Dacula, Ga.), Travis Knight (Oxford, Ga.) and Rob Manning (Lawrenceville, Ga.).

The women harriers dropped a spot in the regional ranking to sixth place. The ‘Cats are still third among PBC schools. Lees-McRae is in first, with Columbus State, Augusta State University, Queens (N.C.) and Lenior-Rhyne ranked in the top-five. GCSU, Anderson University, North Georgia, Converse College and Carson-Newman College round out the remaining five slots.

The women's team took sixth among 20 teams at the Berry Invite. The women harriers placed third among D-II schools, only three points behind the University of West Georgia. Seniors provided the leadership for Georgia College, taking the top two finishes on the team. Heather Raines (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and 0/bios/Balkcom_Virginia">Virginia Balkcom (Fayetteville, Ga.) took 21st and 22nd respectively with times of 20:37 and 20:39. Karissa Ekstrom (Alpharetta, Ga.), Dani Destiche (Snellville, Ga.), and Sarah Balkcom (Fayetteville, Ga.) rounded out the top-five for the Bobcats.

The next stop for the Bobcats is in San Antonio to race in the Ricardo Romo/Six Flags Fiesta Texas Classic Sept. 18.

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