FORT BENNING, Ga. – After winning all four regular-season races, the Augusta University men's cross country team is prepared for the postseason that starts Saturday, Oct. 21 with the 27th Peach Belt Conference Championships in Fort Benning, Ga. Columbus State University will host the meet at Fort Benning Army Base on Stewart-Watson Field.
The championship will be contested over an 8k course, the first time the PBC has held an 8k in the championship since 2008. The women will run first on Saturday morning at 9:00 am, the men will follow at 10:15. Admittance to the race is free, but those wishing to attend need to allow time to pass through security at Fort Benning. More information about gaining access to the base, directions and maps can be found here.
2017 PBC Championship
- Oct. 21, 2017
- Columbus, Ga. - Hosted by Columbus State
- All 10 men's teams and all 12 women's teams will compete
- Women's 6K @ 9:00 a.m. / Men's 10K @ 10:15 a.m.
The Jaguars are the top-ranked team in the NCAA Southeast Region polls at No. 3 and have gone 4-for-4 so far this season by winning all four competitions. The Jags took first amongst all division II teams at the Eye Opener Invitational Sept. 1, owned their home meet at the Jaguar XC Invitational Sept. 9, bested the 15-team field at the Wingate Bulldog Stampede Sept. 23, and capped of the regular season with a first-place showing at Bobcat Invitational Oct. 6.
Junior Daniel Broadhead has also won all four events he has entered and holds the fastest 10k time in the PBC as well as the second-fastest 8k time, which he set at the Bobcat Invitational. Senior Dylan Forester has two third-place and a sixth-place this year while freshman Jacob Poston was fourth at both the Bobcat Invitational and Jaguar Invitational.
The Augusta men are seeking their third PBC Championship, after winning the league in 2011 and 2013.
UNC Pembroke enters the PBC looking for their first conference championship and are coming off a win at their most recent outing at the Florida State Invitational. The Braves have finished in the top five in four of their five meets this season.
Columbus State has finished in the top four in three of their four regular-season events with second-place finishes at the JSU Strut's Season Opener and their own Cougar Invitational, run at Fort Benning. Winners of seven PBC titles in the past 11 years, CSU is ranked ninth in the region in the latest poll.
Georgia College won the Valdosta State Border Clash and the Winthrop Invitational and were second at their own Bobcat Invitational. Sophomore Shawn Olmstead was named a PBC Runner of the Week after winning at Valdosta while brothers Collin and Brennan Silliman have finished in the top three on the team in each event and both hold top-10 PBC 8k times.
Flagler is the defending PBC Champion and have finished in the top five of all four races this season with a second-place at the Florida Tech Invitational. Sophomore Trenton Liberty holds the fastest 8k time on the team which he set at the Florida/Mountain Dew Invitational.
Clayton State finished in third place at both the Jaguar Invitational and the Cougar Invitational at Fort Benning. Junior T.J. Witherspoon has a pair of top-10 finishes, including ninth at the Cougar Invite. He was also the first Laker across the line at the Bobcat.
Francis Marion finished in third place at the Koala Classic in their most recent outing heading into the PBC Championship. Javier Bustos Jaimes won that event and was third at the Carolina Challenge to open the season.
Lander returned to the cross country course for the first time since 2008. Running a roster of six freshmen and one senior, the Bearcats finished fifth three times, including at the Koala Classic in their most recent outing.
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