Raines Named First PBC Women’s Runner of the Week in GCSU History

MARTINEZ, Ga. - Senior Heather Raines (Lawrenceville, Ga.) of the Georgia College & State University women's cross country team was named Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Runner of the Week, the conference office announced today (Sept. 21). Raines is the first Bobcat women's runner to ever be named to this weekly honor, which started in the 2005 season.

Raines led the Bobcats to a runner-up spot at the Ricardo Romo/Six Flags Fiesta Texas Classic. She finished the 5k course in 20:13, taking a top-10 finish overall at ninth. This marks the second time in as many races that Raines has led the Bobcats, and her 20:13 time was just three seconds out of the top-10 in school history.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Sept. 26 as they travel to nearby Macon, Ga. for the Mercer RunFit Sports Invitational.

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