GCSU Cross Country Women Seventh, Men 10th in Poll

by Kyle Collins, sports information student assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University men's and women's cross country squads are ranked in the top-10 of the latest U.S. Cross Country Coaches (USTFCCA) Division II Southeast Regional Rankings released Sept. 30. 

The women dropped one spot to seventh while the men came in the No. 10 spot in their region ending a two-week drought outside of the rankings Three Peach Belt Conference (PBC) teams rank above the Bobcats in both the Men's and Women's Southeast Regional Rankings.

Both teams competed in the RunFit Sports Invitational hosted by Mercer University this past weekend.

Pacing the ladies for the second week in a row was junior Heather Raines (Lawrenceville, Ga.) placing 33rd in the deep 5k field. Her 19:55 mark was the third-lowest time in school history. The lady harriers came in eight out of 24 teams at the meet.

The men finished 10th out of 22 schools led by freshman Rob Manning (Lawrenceville, Ga.) who turned in a solid 27:33 time. Every runner in the top five stayed within 45 sc. of Manning's pace.

Georgia College Cross Country competes for the sixth-straight week Oct. 4 as they make the long trip to Malibu, Calif. for the Pepperdine Invitational.