DURHAM, N.H. - Competing against three Division I squads, the Georgia College & State University cross country teams each started their seasons today (Aug. 30) getting strong starts from rookies and solid times against tough competition.
Both teams finished last among the four, the University of New Hampshire, Providence College and Boston College. Providence took the team title in both races.
Rookie Colin Conroy paced the Bobcat men, posting a 28:45 on the 8K College Woods course, good for 32nd overall. Junior Josh Hollar (Canton, Ga.), an All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) runner in 2007, was 35th in 29:15, while sophomore Erik Ottoson (Suwanee, Ga.) took 38th (29:42) and Daniel Horseman was 40th (30:02).
For the women's side, 2007 All-PBC selection Dani Destiche (Snellville, Ga.) covered the 5K course in 20:09, tying for the seventh-best time in school history and taking 34th overall. She edged rookie teammate Karissa Eckstrom by just one second. Junior Heather Raines (Loganville, Ga.)was 38th in 20:45, while freshman Sarah Balkcom was 39th in 20:50.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, Sept. 6 when they host the Pre-Conference Meet at the West Campus Cross Country Course.
Visit www.GCSU.edu/Athletics to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.