MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – It has been a banner year for the Georgia College Women’s Cross Country team, who has finished in the top four of every race this season. The 2018 campaign has also featured Georgia College’s first team title since 2014, when the Bobcats took first place in a crowded field of 43 teams at the Louisville Classic in September.
The Bobcats will look to build off of this stellar season in their biggest meet yet, the NCAA Southeast Regional, held this Saturday, Nov. 17 at the University of North Georgia.
The Bobcats’ success in 2018 has been thanks in large part to junior Rachel Boulineau (Canton) and sophomore Sydney Brown (Canton), who have split the role of top finisher this year. Brown finished second overall in the Jaguar Invitational Sept. 22, leading the Bobcats to a second-place overall finish. Brown was also the Bobcats’ top finisher at the Louisville Classic and Bobcat Invitational.
Boulineau’s standout performance of the season came at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship, when she finished with Georgia College’s best time of the year for a 5K and set a personal record, finishing the race at 19:06 and helping lead the Bobcats to a fourth-place finish.
Also pivotal to the Bobcats’ success this season was junior Maddy Howe (Dacula), junior Tessa Allen (Atlanta), and freshman Madison Bowers (Cumming), all of whom were reliable top five finishers for Georgia College and all of whom made great strides this year, each setting new personal best records.
In addition to the five mentioned above, Georgia College will also be represented in the meet by junior Grace Lynch (Snellville), junior Kaitlyn Griffith (Cumming), and senior Sarah Wilder (Tifton), who will serve as the team’s alternate.
Saturday’s NCAA Regional meet is slated to get underway at 10:30 a.m. The race will take place at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus in Oakwood.
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