Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Both Make Regional Ranks

NEW ORLEANS – The first Southeast Region ranks for the 2012 season from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) were released Tuesday featuring both sides of the cross country program for Georgia College. Neither program was ranked in the preseason polls, but both jumped into the top-10 for the first in-season rankings.

Two-time All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) runner Allison Lones (Kathleen, Ga.) is only a junior, but the story so far for the Bobcats in 2012 has been the freshmen. Taylor Roeck (Cumming, Ga.) has finished first for the Bobcats in both races, while finishing inside the top-20 overall in both races. Fellow freshman Meghan Wetterhall (Atlanta) has also put up scoring finishes in both races.

The men’s team has plenty of youth and talent as well, moving into the No. 10 spot on the rankings. Led by junior Philip Laskey (Marietta, Ga.) who has finished first on the team in both races so far this year while coming in 21st and 16th overall. The team also has five freshmen that are playing key roles on the team, with three of them putting up scoring finishes in both races. Freshman Paul McNeil (Dunwoody, Ga.) has been right behind Laskey, finishing 22nd and 25th in the events that the Bobcats have competed in this year.

Notable women’s ranked PBC teams include UNC Pembroke in the No. 1 spot after holding the No. 5 spot in the preseason rank. Clayton State University dropped one place from the preseason poll, from No. 3 and now holds the No. 4 spot. Columbus State University also fell, from No. 4 to No. 5. Flagler College jumped four spots; ranked No. 10 in the preseason poll, now is ranked one ahead of the Bobcats at No. 6.

Other notable men’s PBC teams on the list include Columbus State jumping to No. 3 on the list after being No. 6 preseason. Augusta State University fell one place from the preseason and now holds the No. 5 rank, Clayton State was unranked in the preseason but came in No. 6 to start the 2012 season and UNC Pembroke stays where they were for the preseason ranks, No. 7.

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