by Riley Williams, sports information student
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) has released its Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll. The Georgia College Bobcats sit in the third spot, tied with Columbus State University and Flagler College with 32 points apiece.
Georgia College is fresh off a third place finish in the Peach Belt Conference in 2017; its best finish in the conference since 2008. The Bobcats are returning three All-Conference runners in Shawn Olmstead (Buford), Collin Silliman (Douglasville) and Brennan Silliman (Douglasville). The trio are primed for a strong season and helped earn the squad their third place selection.
The Augusta University Jaguars (first) and the UNC Pembroke Braves (second) top the preseason poll. These two teams will provide tough competition for the Bobcats and the rest of the conference.
The Bobcats make the trip to Valdosta State University Friday, Aug. 31 to compete in their first race of the 2018 campaign.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup and the 2017 PBC Sportsmanship Institution of the Year, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.