For the first time in the history of the programs, GMC junior college men’s and women’s cross country both appear in the NJCAA national rankings Top 5 at the same time.
In the week two rankings the GMC women’s team held firm at No. 3 after a solid performance at the Brickyard Classic and more recently in a dual meet vs. Middle Georgia. Freshman Nicquelette Fazekas coming off a 20:23 and a first place in the MGU race continues to impress. Paige White's second place finish at 21:39 is hot on her heals. These two runners have consistently been the fastest runners for head coach Rob Sherwood’s Bulldogs. But they are being pushed by their teammates on a daily basis. Treeaunna Whiting ran a 24:06 and took fifth place in the MGU race becoming the third Bulldog to qualify for the NJCAA National Championships this season. Vanessa Alvarez (Naples, FL) just missed qualifying for the National Championship and finished in sixth place. Rounding out the scoring for GMC was Stephanie Trejo (Cape Coral, FL).
Coach Sherwood had this to say about the MGU race, "This was a really good race for us. All of the women ran really well, and many had their season's best race."
The men’s team moved from No. 6 to No. 5 in the rankings, despite their top runners still coming back from injury. But a strong performance in a solo race after Reinhardt University had to pull out of last minute showed what these men are capable of. Heath McDonald (Bogart, GA) won the race with a time of 29:56. Daniel Turnipseed (Blythwood, SC) finished in second place with at time of 30:41. Jacob Cain (Brandon, FL) finished in third with a time of 31:30. Turnipseed and Cain joined McDonald as they qualified for the NJCAA National Championship. Jesse Booth (McDonough, GA) ran a 31:47 and Bo Meadors (Plymouth, IN) ran a 31:55 to round out the top 5.
"The men have been working hard and were rewarded in the race. I am proud for what they achieved," Coach Sherwood explained.