Bobcat Men’s Cross Country Finishes 15th at NCAA Regional

Sophomore Quillian Holland
Sophomore Quillian Holland

WINGATE, N.C. – The Georgia College Men's Cross Country team took the 15th slot at the NCAA Southeast Regional Saturday at Wingate University.

The Bobcats had 424 points, just 13 behind Carson-Newman University in 13th place. Georgia College ranked fifth among Peach Belt Conference (PBC) finishers.

Leading the squad this week was sophomore Quillian Holland (Dublin, Georgia) in 51st overall at a personal-record 33:53 in the 10K race. Second on the team and 67th overall in the 157-runner field was classmate Thomas Hall (Fayetteville, Georgia) at 34:21 for his first career 10K.

Senior Shawn Olmstead (Buford, Georgia) closed his career with a 92nd place finish, taking the course in 35:26. Sophomore Lance Underwood (Blairsville, Georgia) added a 97th place finish at 35:38. Senior Matt Rogel (Sautron, France) posted a 37:00 time in his first career 10K, good for 122nd to round out the scoring finishes.

Queens University took the team title with just 43 points, edging second place Augusta University by just four. UNC Pembroke's Joshua Chepkesir won individual honors, breaking the tape in 30:30.

The race brings a close to the 2019 season for the Bobcats, a year featuring three top-10 finishes. Olmstead won his second PBC Elite 15 Award, and Georgia College also landed five on the PBC Team of Academic Distinction.

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