Bobcats Battle Weather and Finish Seventh

BRONX, N.Y. - Georgia College men's cross country started its 2012 season Saturday morning as they competed in the Fordham Fiasco. The young Bobcat squad sent three freshmen out of five total runners, with the first four Bobcats finishing within one minute of each other.

Junior Philip Laskey (Marietta, Ga.) and freshman Paul McNeil (Dunwoody, Ga.) came in first and second among Bobcat runners, and 21st and 22nd overall. Laskey finished with a time of 28:35 while McNeil was less than one second behind him with a time of 28:36 in the five-mile race.

Freshman James Ryden (Atlanta) finished less than a minute behind Laskey and McNeil with a time of 29:09, good for 28th overall.

Finishing just 30 seconds behind Ryden, junior Tucker Forbes (Lilburn, Ga.) came in 40th overall with a time of 29:34. The third freshman on the Bobcat squad, Michael Valerio (Evans, Ga.), finished 81st with a time of 31:28.

The Bobcats came in seventh out of 13 teams among non-Division I teams with 177 points and an average time of 29:28. GC finished just 16 points behind sixth place St. Thomas Aquinas. Men's Cross Country will be back in action next Saturday, as they'll make the short trip to Macon, Ga. to compete in the Mercer RunFit Invitational.

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