MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College cross country program, head coach Joe Samprone and assistant coach Steven Cary are proud to announce the addition of six new runners for the upcoming season, four women harriers and two on the men’s side.
All six runners join the Bobcats as freshmen for the 2014 season.
A graduate of Marist School, Jim Galvin (Tucker, Ga.) was runner-up in the 2013 Region 6-AAAA Cross Country Championships, and finished eighth in the state in 2013 after a 19th place finish the prior season. Galvin owns a top 5K time of 16:13.00 and was a member of two State Championship teams in his time at Marist. He has posted a 4:37.91 best in the 1600m, a 9:46.35 in the 3200m and 6:51.20 in the 2000m steeplechase.
Coaching staff on Galvin: “Jim is a young man that just started to develop into a strong runner in the last two years for both cross country and track. Coming from Marist, a traditional distance running powerhouse, Jim has had excellent coaching at the prep level. I’m positive he has had good training, and because of that the transition to college cross country should be a smooth one. He’s shown that his strengths lie in the longer distances, which bodes well for the longer races at the collegiate level. I think Jim is going to provide our men’s team with more depth, and will most likely be an impact runner this season.”
Snellville, Ga. native Tommy Templeman graduated from Brookwood High where he helped the squad to a State Championship. His top 5K time is 16:20.10. Templeman posted a 4:27.58 in the 1600m and a 9:42.32 to win the 3200m at the Region 8-AAAAAA Track and Field Championships. He took 53rd at the Class-AAAAAA State Cross Country Championships in 2013.
Coaching staff on Templeman: “One of the unique characteristics about Tommy is that he can run really well at the shorter distances, but performed outstanding in the longer stuff as well. Tommy brings a strong desire to get better and do well, which should make him an instant match with our team. I believe his versatility across many distances is going to make him a force to be reckoned with on our squad. Tommy definitely has what it takes to be a strong collegiate runner, and the addition of he and the other incoming runners will be a huge step in the right direction for us this fall.”
Collins Hill High grad Mariah Maring (Lawrenceville, Ga.) comes to Milledgeville off back-to-back top-15 finishes at the Class-AAAAAA State Cross Country Championships. Her 5K best is a 19:02.26, with personal records of 2:29.50 in the 800m, 5:29.92 in the 1600m and 11:43.85 in the 3200m.
Coaching staff on Maring: “One of the most consistent runners to sign with the Bobcats, Mariah has ample experience running fast and competing well in big races. Her best finishes in cross country generally come at the most important meets of the season. There’s no doubt Mariah has the ability to run very well at Georgia College. I look for her to add some consistency in our top seven in the fall, as well as add depth to our already strong returning group.”
Jessica Smith (Gray, Ga.) joins the Bobcats from nearby First Presbyterian Day School, where she was a member of the school’s first State Championship in cross country. A five-year varsity runner, Smith owns a top 5K time of 19:30.00. She finished eighth in the state meet in 2013 after a 13th place finish as a junior. Her top 800m time is 2:25.94 with a personal best 5:25.10 in the 1600m this season as well.
Coaching staff on Smith: “Jessica is another one of those runners who’s only recently begun to tap into her potential. One of the great things about Jessica is that she’s a local talent, which we haven’t had any of in recent years. She’s got a great attitude and brings championship experience to the Bobcats. Along with other incoming runners, Jessica knows what it takes to win championships as a team—a quality our program will benefit from for sure.”
Peachtree Ridge High grad Caroline Williams (Suwanee, Ga.) helped lead her team to the school’s first State Championship in cross country as well. She finished 25th in the Class-AAAAAA State Cross Country Championship this season after finishing one slot better as a junior. Posting a personal-best 19:04.34 in the 5K, she owns a 2:32.93 in the 800m, a 5:39.47 in the 1600m and 11:49.55 in the 3200m.
Coaching staff on Williams: “Fresh off of helping her high school team win the state title as a senior, Caroline knows very well what it takes to achieve success in this sport. She’s a gutsy runner who has shown tremendous improvement over the last four years as a prep athlete. She’s posted some strong performances in the past year, in both cross country and track. Caroline will definitely add to our depth this fall, and will most likely be an impact runner for the Bobcats.”
Rebecca Winslow (Lawrenceville, Ga.) comes to Milledgeville from Mountain View High where she posted a personal best of 19:16.37 in the 5K. In track, Winslow owns a 5:32.12 in the 1600m and 11:55.52 in the 3200m. She finished 53rd in the Class-AAAAAA State Cross Country Championships and won the 2013 Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational Girls 6A Race.
Coaching staff on Winslow: “Having experienced four different coaches in her high school career, this will be the first time Rebecca has had any sort of consistency and structure in her training. She’s shown glimpses of being a very good distance runner at the prep ranks, but I’m excited to work on different aspects of her running to help make her better, as well as the team. I think after a full summer of training, Rebecca will be an impact runner for the Bobcats this fall and add to our phenomenal freshmen class.”
The Bobcats are fresh off a great 2013 campaign. The men won three races during the regular season and took fifth place in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship, while the women posted a win and three runner-up finishes with an eighth-place spot at the PBC meet. Returning for the women are the school record holders at both distances in rising junior Rachel Pasko (Jefferson, Ga.) and senior Allison Lones (Kathleen, Ga.). The men’s lineup boasts seven strong rising juniors, led by Trevor Turner (Snellville, Ga.) and James Ryden (Atlanta).
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