MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Armstrong State University junior Henning Schein ran a school-record time of 24:52.8 over the 8K course to finish second at the 2016 Peach Belt Conference Championships on Saturday morning in Milledgeville. As a team, the Pirates finished ninth.
Schein's time eclipses his own school record of 24:56, set at the USCB Sand Shark Invitational on Oct. 25, 2014. The second-place finish is also the highest for an Armstrong State runner in PBC Championship history, eclipsing third-place finishes by Patrick Babula in 1992 and 1993. The Vellmar, Germany, native finished behind only individual champion Timothy Asis of Young Harris, who ran the 8k course in a time of 24:42.6, and with the performance earns PBC All-Conference honors for a third straight season, the only Armstrong State runner to achieve that feat in school history.
Schein also added a pair of honors on the weekend as he was named to the PBC's All-Academic Team for maintaining a cumulative 3.30 GPA, as well as earning All-Sportsmanship Team honors.
The Pirates collected 200 points to finish ninth out of 10 teams. Flagler (56) captured the 2016 PBC Men's Cross Country title over Montevallo (88), with Augusta and UNC Pembroke tying for third with 92 points and Columbus State rounding out the top five with 151 points.
Junior Dylan Smith was the next finisher for the Pirates, running in 31st place with a time of 26:39.8. Freshman Mac Gibbs finished 54th in a time of 27:39.1, shaving more than three minutes off his season-best 8k time, while freshman Caleb Watson finished 68th in a time of 28:29.9, also a season best time. Freshman Cody Reid finished 74th in a season-best time of 28:59.8 and freshman George Dyer finished 78th in a season-best time of 30:18.4.
"We had some solid individual performances today," Armstrong State head men's cross country coach Michael Sergi said. "Our entire men's team continues to show improvement. I am proud of Henning's record-breaking performance today. These guys are tough and they still have goals that they want to achieve."
The Pirates will return to action on Saturday, November 5th, running at the 2016 NCAA Southeast Regionals in Montevallo, Ala.