Georgia Regents cross country runners rested, ready for regionals

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Jaiden Brandt is hopeful his “old man” lifestyle pays off today.

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Brandt and his Georgia Regents teammates go to bed early and awake early as part of their cross country lifestyle. Brandt said he usually gets to bed by 10 every night for the four-mile morning runs.

“I’m sacrificing other things to go to bed,” Brandt said. “I’m just making sure I get my sleep.”

The Jaguars are sure to be well-rested when they compete in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regionals today at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C.

The top three teams advance to the NCAA Championships later this month. Last year, the Jaguars finished fifth in the regional.

Georgia Regents, the No. 2 team in the region, has high expectations entering the postseason. The Jaguars won three of five races this season, including the Peach Belt Conference championship for the second time in three years.

“We went from just wanting to qualify for the national championship to now talking about winning the regional,” said coach Adam Ward, who earned conference coach of the year honors. “We’ve got the senior leadership. The guys have run the course and run together enough to help the younger guys get ready.”

The team is led by Peach Belt Runner of the Year Brandt and Dustin Ross, a first-team all-conference selection.

Joining them on the postseason roster: second-team all-conference runner Preston Jones, Matthew Johnson, Nicholas Del Guercio, Adam Aldridge and either all-conference runner Shane Huckeba (who’s been battling a muscle strain) or Jesse Campbell.

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