The GMC junior college cross country team started the 2019 season Saturday with a short drive to Macon to participate in the Middle Georgia State University Invitational.
With a tremendous amount of turnover from last year’s team this race was a little bit of an unknown as to what to expect.
Head coach Rob Sherwood commented, “The change in runners due to graduation, a large influx of runners from around the country to the team, and the extreme heat recently meant that there were lots of questions going into the race. These men and women did a great job.”
The men’s team finished in fourth place out of six complete teams. The men were led by freshman Bryce Samples who finished in seventh place with a 32:20 in his first competitive 8K. Brett Darling finished in 16th and was followed closely by Sean Verner at 18th. Other scoring runners for the men’s team were Jacob Wagner and Gianni Corbo. One other runner, Jose Luis Gonzalez, was in the top 20, but was directed to do another 3k loop, but still managed to finish in 38th place despite running three additional kilometers.
The women’s team was led by Abbigail Gash who finished in 17th place with a time of 24:21. She narrowly missed qualifying for the NJCAA Division III National Championships in this first race.
Shundrenna Harris (34th), Delaney Gilbert (48th), Jessica Sinno (57th), Sasha Soto (60th) and Annestelle Montalbano (64th) were the scoring runners for the team which finished in ninth place out of 12 colleges.
Both teams will be competing in the GMC Brickyard Invitational at Council Farms Friday evening starting at 6 p.m. at Council Farms, which is located on the corner of Council-McCranie Road and Ga. Highway 112 just south of the Fall Line Freeway.