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MACON, Ga. - Junior Tim Cary (Monroe, Ga.) led the Georgia College & State University men's cross country team for the first time in his career, helping the Bobcats to a ninth-place finish at the Mercer RunFit Sports Invitational, hosted by Mercer University.
The Bobcats were second among Peach Belt Conference (PBC) institutions at the race, carding 240 points, just six behind eighth-place Darton College. GCSU beat the Peach Belt's North Georgia, who took 12th.
Cary finished the 8k course in 28:49 to pace the squad at 37th overall. A quartet of sophomores helped Cary get the Bobcats to ninth place.
Colin Conroy (Dacula, Ga.) finished the race in 29:38, good for 57th place. Recording a personal-best and rounding out the top five for GCSU was Michael Heuett (Snellville, Ga.), finding the finish line in 30:21 for 78th.
Division I Kennesaw State University won the team title with 37 points, beating 2008 PBC Champion Columbus State University by 15. CSU's Meshack Koyiaki also took the individual honors in 24:57.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Southern Challenge in Marietta, Ga.
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