by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
AIKEN, S.C. – Sophomore Allison Lones (Kathleen, Ga.) continued her impressive string of races leading the Bobcats as GC took seventh place at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championships at USC Aiken. Lones' 11th place finish helped earn her All-PBC Second Team honors for the second consecutive year.
The sophomore finished the 6K course in just 24:19, her best of the 2011 season and good for sixth in the GC record list. For Lones, it was the 12th straight race she came in first for GC. She is also the first back-to-back All-PBC honoree in GC women's cross country history.
Senior Victoria Dobson (New Hamburg, Ontario) came in 29th for the 'Cats, racing through the course in 25:26, taking full advantage of her last PBC Championships.
Another pair of Bobcats pushed each other throughout the race, as sophomore Ashton Passino (Alpharetta, Ga.) and senior Karissa Ekstrom (Alpharetta, Ga.) came in 33rd and 34th, respectively. Passino finished just eight seconds in front of Ekstrom at 25:39.
Freshman Rebecca Shane (Lilburn, Ga.) enjoyed a solid race in her first PBC Championship run, completing the course in 26:14 which put her in 40th place.
The University of Montevallo won the women's title with 44 points, beating Clayton State University by 30 points. Augusta State University came in third with 82. The Bobcats tallied 147 points, clobbering host USC Aiken by 96 and falling just 17 behind sixth-place Flagler College.
Montevallo's Haley Evans won the individual race in 23:16, beating the field by 32 seconds.
Georgia College will head to Charlotte, N.C. Saturday, Nov. 5 to compete in the NCAA Southeast Regionals. The Bobcats were ninth at this race a year ago.
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