by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
EVANS, GA. – Powered by three runners in the top-30, the Georgia College women's cross country team placed sixth at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championships Saturday. Five-of-six runners placed in the top-35 at Blanchard Woods Park, led by freshman Allison Lones (Kathleen, Ga.) in 12th, good for All-PBC Second Team.
Leading the Bobcats for the fifth race this season, Lones crossed the finish line at 25:30 on a tough 6K course. Junior Karissa Ekstrom (Alpharetta, Ga.) finished four slots later in 16th place with a time of 25:44.
Sophomore Courtney Timmerman (Dearing, Ga.) and freshman Ashton Passino (Alpharetta, Ga.) finished neck-and-neck, with Passino edging it out by hundredths of a second. Both runners crossed the finish line officially at 27:34 with Passino getting 35th and Timmerman receiving 36th. The Bobcats featured a youthful lineup, with Lones, Byrnes, Timmerman and Passino all competing in their first conference title meet.
The Bobcats finished with 123 points, six behind fifth-place University of Montevallo. UNC Pembroke was third with 105 points, Augusta State University second with 58 points and Columbus State University came in first place with 27 total points. Columbus State's Brittney Skiles won the individual title with a time of 23:36.
Lones marks two straight years a Bobcat has earned All-PBC honors, as Virginia Balkcom was named to the second team a year ago. All-time, five GC women have earned all-conference nods.
The Bobcats are back in action Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Charlotte, N.C., hosted by Queens University (N.C.).
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