Monday August 12, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Jaguar Men’s Cross Country program was ranked second in the Peach Belt Conference preseason poll, the conference office announced Monday morning after a census from the league’s coaches.
GRU Augusta received 72 points in the poll, taking second behind preseason-favorites Columbus State with 77 points and ahead of third-place Clayton State with 60 points. Flagler, UNC Pembroke, Young Harris, Georgia College, Montevallo, Francis Marion and Armstrong completed the voting.
The Jags finished second at the 2012 PBC Championships after winning the title the year before. Ten Jaguars return from last season’s squad including senior Jaiden Brandt, who finished fourth at the PBC Championships and fourth at the NCAA regional -- earning a spot in the national championships. Also back is junior Dustin Ross, who finished eight at the conference championships last year and made it to the NCAA Championships for the 1600m in outdoor track & field.
After having their string of five straight PBC Championships snapped in 2011, the Cougars rebounded to win the title again in 2012, their sixth in the last seven years. CSU also took the NCAA Southeast Regional title for the first time in program history. Clayton State returns seven of their eight runners from last year's team that finished fifth at the PBC Championships. Flagler had their best team finish ever at the 2012 PBC Championship with a third-place finish.