Mountain Lions finish in fifth place at PBC Championship
By: Michael MacEachern
Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Communications
The Young Harris College men's cross country team finished in fifth place at the Peach Belt Conference Championship Saturday (Nov. 5) morning.
INSIDE THE ROPES:
Young Harris finished with 144 points, while Augusta University won the meet with a perfect score of 15.
Liam King completed the 8K course at the Redcliffe Plantation with a time of 27:23.5 and came in 30th place.
Dylan DiCicco and Matthew Honeycutt finished back-to-back in 38th and 39th place. DiCicco had a time of 28:09.6, while Honeycutt finished with a time of 28:12.7.
Noah Mason completed the course in a time of 28:30.5 and finished in 45th place, while Kai Vigardt had an effort of 28:41.4 and came in 48th.
Jack Rush finished in a time of 28:46.6 and came in 50th place. He was followed by Hayden Durrett, who was named to the conference's All-Sportsmanship Team, in 52nd (28:54.9), Andrew Baum was 54th (29:11.5), Thomas Mellendorf was 63rd (30:21.7), Luke Surowiec in 66th (32:38.3), Austin Sever in 74th (37:06.5), and Wesley Daniel in 75th (37:07.6).
Surowiec was the PBC Elite 16 Award winner for the second consecutive year with a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average as a Spanish major with a minor in English. The award goes to the runner with the highest cumulative GPA at the championship. He is the second YHC men's cross country runner and the 14th Mountain Lion overall to earn the award.
The Mountain Lions return to action in two weeks when they will compete in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship Nov. 19 in Wingate, North Carolina. The 10K race at the Wingate Cross Country Facility begins at 10 a.m.