What has arguably been the most successful season in the history of the Georgia Military College cross country program came to a fitting conclusion Nov. 2 at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. The NJCAA Division III National Championships were hosted by Holyoke Community College for the third year in a row at the strong Stanley Park course.
The GMC Lady Running Bulldogs came in 10th place in the nation at the Championships. They were led by Treeaunna Whiting who finished in 45th place. She was followed by Abigail Gash (52nd), Shundrenna Harris (56th), Giselle Reyes-Zavalza (60th) and Delaney Gilbert (89th).
Speaking about the team, head coach Rob Sherwood said, "These have been a great group of girls, I have enjoyed coaching them this year. To see their desire to improve, their desire to become better runners, it has been a real joy."
The women's team was only 24 points out of sixth place. Gash and Harris are the only two of the top five that will not be returning for the 2020 season. The remaining three, plus a strong incoming class and valuable experienced runners should make the 2020 season one where the team can once again compete for Region and National Championships.
Bryce Samples and Christopher Flynn represented the GMC men's team at the Championships. Samples finished in 33rd place and Flynn finished in 75thplace out of 200 runners. Both ran personal bests in the 8K race.
"Bryce has been a great model runner for the team all season. It was great for him to run as well as he did,” Sherwood commented.
Speaking about Flynn, the head coach added, "His hard work got him to the Nationals, and he deserved to be here. He ran a great race."
Like the women's team, a majority of the runners return, which will allow the team to run for the Region title again, as well as compete in the National Championship.