Caleb Bailey, Sports Editor
For the first time since the 2000 season, women’s cross country made its return during the team’s season opening meet against the Georgia College Bobcats. The men and women’s teams hosted a meet with the Peach Belt Conference opponent Saturday, Sept. 3.
This was the first time the Pirates had hosted a meet on campus since 1992, before most of the participants in the meet were even born. The women’s team fell 23-32, while the men’s team lost 33-22 but it was still an exciting day for both teams.
“I’m very proud of the turnout today,” Armstrong head coach Michael Sergi said via the team’s official site. “Several of our freshman runners already bested their high school PRs and we are glad to be making a part of history by hosting our first meet on campus since 1992.”
On the men’s side, junior Henning Schein placed first with a time of 16:27 over the 5K course. He paced the Pirates, but he could not hold up for the rest of his teammates, who finished fifth or worse with freshman Cody Reid placing the next best time of 17:35.
The women got a surge from junior Kaylee Bromell, who finished second overall with a time of 21:39. The team has a chance to grow under senior Jessica Smith with four of the six members being freshman.
“I am very privileged that I got to share a historical moment at Armstrong with awesome and dedicated ladies by my side,” Bromell said. “With this being the first race for many of us, including myself, it was very special moment. We might not have gotten the result we wanted, but we will continue to work hard push each other and become better tomorrow and the next race.”
The Pirates will next take to the course on Saturday, Sept. 10, where they will compete in the GC Bobcat Invitational in Milledgeville.