Cross Country Teams Set to Hit the Course at PBC Championships
COLUMBUS- After a strong regular season, both the Men's and Women's Cross Country teams are set to hit the course for the 2010 Peach Belt Conference Championships this weekend at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Georgia.
The cross country championships are being held in conjunction with the women's and men's soccer championships as part of the first-ever Peach Belt Fall Festival being held November 5-7th, with Blanchard Woods park serving as the host site for this year's festival.
The 2010 PBC Cross Country Championships will begin with a coaches meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 6th. The Men's portion of the championships is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m., while the women are set to hit the course at 9:45 a.m.
Both the men's and women's teams' look to build upon the success of the regular season and post a strong showing at this year's PBC Championships. In recent years, CSU has dominated the field at the Peach Belt Championships. The men's team looks to capture a fifth-straight PBC Championship, while the women's team seeks an unprecedented sixth straight PBC crown.
The CSU men's cross country team enters the PBC Championships as the tournament favorite, coming off a stellar regular season in which the Cougars posted a top ten finish in every race, while winning two races, the Georgia Southwestern Remembrance Run and Cougar Invitational. The Cougars are currently ranked No.19 in the National poll and No.2 in the Southeast Region. Individually, CSU is led by junior Meshack Koyiaki who finished first in every race during the regular season, with his fastest time of the season coming at the Greater Louisville Classic, where he posted a blazing 8k time of 23:20.
The women's cross country team enters this year's PBC championships coming off a regular season in which they finished in the top 15 in four of their five races and are currently ranked No. 3 in the Southeast Region. The Lady Cougars recorded two victories, bringing home wins at both the Georgia Southwestern Remembrance Run and Cougar Invitational. CSU is led by senior Brittney Skiles who recorded two first place finishes during the year, with her fastest time in the 5K coming at the Crimson Classic with a time of 18:11.
After the conclusion of the 2010 PBC Championships, the Cougars will take to the course again as they automatically qualify for the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional, scheduled for November 20th in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Regional is set to begin at 9:00 a.m.