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ON THE COVER: Pictured are sophomores Kacie Niemann (left) and Jacob Law (right), both of whom were second team All-A-Sun and All-Freshman Team finishers in 2009.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

QUICK FACTS

General

Quick Facts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Sports Information/Media Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2010 Schedule. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Meet the Head Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Meet the Assistant Coach & Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Season Previews. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2010 Team Rosters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Women’s Team Returnees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-14 Women’s Team Newcomers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-18 Men’s Team Returnees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-27 Men’s Team Newcomers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29 Home Course Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-31 2010 Mercer Runfit Invitational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 MU Women’s A-Sun Honors & Records. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 MU Men A-Sun Honors & Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Women’s Team School Record. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Men’s Team School Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 This is Mercer University. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36-39 This is Macon, Ga.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40-43 Mercer University Facilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-47 MU President William D. Underwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 MU Director of Athletics Jim Cole. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Staff & Coaches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-51 Mercer Athletic Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 MU Sports Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 MU Strength & Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 About the Atlantic Sun Conference. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Key Contacts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Location. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Macon, Ga. Enrollment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,200 Founded. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1833 Nickname . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bears Colors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orange and Black Affiliation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NCAA Division I Conference. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Atlantic Sun (A-Sun) Home Course. . . . . . . . . . . . . Georgia Industrial Children’s Home President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William D. Underwood Alma Mater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oklahoma Baptist (1982) Athletics Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Cole Alma Mater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mercer (1993) Senior Associate A.D./SWA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sybil Blalock Assistant A.D./Compliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Donaldson Assistant A.D. /Sports Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rob Murphy Faculty Athletic Rep. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Jeffrey Hugdahl Athletics Phone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (478) 301-2994 Athletics Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (478) 301-2061

Team Information 2009 RESULTS

WOMEN’S/MEN’S FINISH

@ South Carolina Invitational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6/3 UT-Chattanooga Invitational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4/4 Mercer RunFit Sports Invitational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/3 Louisville Classic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19/2 Disney Classic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17/5 A-Sun Championships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9/7 NCAA South Regional. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . nts/nts WOMEN’S: Letterwinners returning/lost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7/1 WOMEN’S: Newcomers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 TOP NEWCOMERS (Yr./Hometown/Previous School): Linda Batna (Fr./Kandava, Latvia/Ventspils Gymnasium No. 1); Caley Cranford (Fr./Cochran, Ga./Bleckley HS); Samantha Woller (Fr./Waukesha, Wis./New Berlin Eisenhower).

CREDITS The 2010 Mercer cross country media guide is a publication of the Mercer University Sports Information Department. The guide was written and edited by Dave Beyer. Editorial assistance provided by Jeff Graham, Andy Stabell, and Jason Farhadi. Design by Jeff Graham. Photography courtesy of Mercer University Media Relations, A-Sun Photos and Donna Bailey.

MEN’S: Letterwinners returning/lost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8/3 MEN’S: Newcomers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 TOP NEWCOMERS (Yr./Hometown/Previous School): Kasib Abdullah (Fr./Warner Robins, Ga.,/Houston County HS); Sony Prosper (Fr./Pompano Beach, Fla./Union Grove HS, Ga.).

ON THE WEB

Coaching Staff

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Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ryan Bailey Alma Mater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Texas Tech E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bailey_r@mercer.edu Best time to reach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AMs Assistant Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roland Adams Assistant Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donna Bailey Cross Country Phone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (478) 301-2144 Cross Country Fax. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (478) 301-2061

Sports Information

Sports Information Director (XC contact). . . . . . . . . . . Dave Beyer Assistant SID. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andy Stabell Graduate Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Farhadi Graduate Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Graham E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . beyer_wd@mercer.edu Sports Info. Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (478) 301-2735 Sports Info. Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (478) 301-5350 Website. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.MercerBears.com

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TO THE MEDIA

DAVE BEYER

The 2010 Mercer University Cross Country Media Guide is intended to provide you with general information about the Mercer cross country program. This information should assist you in your coverage of the team throughout the season. --Should you need additional information or assistance, please contact Sports Information cross country liaison Dave Beyer, at (478) 301-2735 with any requests. Beyer can also be reached via e-mail at beyer­_wd@mercer.edu or via fax at (478) 301-5350.

Sports Information Director Cross Country contact

PHONE: (478) 301-2735 EMAIL: beyer_wd@mercer.edu

CREDENTIAL REQUESTS

The Sports Information Office will issue credentials to working press only. All credential requests should be made in writing at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled competition.

PRACTICES

As a general rule, all practices are open to the media and the public. There may be instances, however, when all or part of a practice session is closed. Please contact the Sports Information Office in advance if you plan on attending a practice session so an escort can be made available.

ANDY STABELL

INTERVIEW POLICY

Media interviews of players and coaches are encouraged, and every effort will be made to accommodate media requests. In-person interviews are preferred, but telephone interviews can be arranged through the Mercer Sports Information Office. Under no circumstances will student-athletes’ private numbers be supplied to the media.

Assistant Director

JASON FARHADI Graduate Assistant

JEFF GRAHAM Graduate Assistant

MERCER SPORTS NETWORK

Clear Channel Broadcasting Inc. will serve as the flagship radio network for the University’s sports in 2010-11. The broadcaster’s sister FM stations of Peach 96.5 & 102.5 (WPCH and WZCH ) will serve as the flagship stations for all men’s basketball games broadcasts this season.

INTERVIEWS

All interviews with Mercer student-athletes should be coordinated through the Sports Information Office. Players are generally available for interviews up to 30 minutes prior to the start of practice and directly afterward. Head coach Ryan Bailey is generally available in the morning.

MU will also broadcast selected Bears’ women’s basketball, baseball and softball games. Mercer’s Atlantic Sun Conference games will be among the broadcasts, including the 2011 A-Sun Basketball Championships, to be played once again this year on the Mercer campus at the University Center.

POST-COMPETITION INTERVIEWS

Following a 10-minute “cooling-off” period, coaches and student-athletes will be made available to media members.

Rick Cameron is the “Voice of the Bears” and will be calling the play-by-play. Cameron is Mercer’s senior assistant vice president for marketing communications and returned to the broadcast booth in 2006 after originally doing radio play-by- play in the late 1970s.

FAX & EMAIL SERVICE

Media outlets may request to be included on the broadcast fax and email lists to receive updates regarding Mercer cross country. The Mercer Sports Information Office fax number is (478) 301-5350. To be added, submit a request to beyer_wd@ mercer.edu.

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SPORTS INFO OFFICE

The Mercer Sports Information Office is located in Suite 135 on the first floor of the University Center.

ON THE INTERNET

Additional information on the Mercer athletics program can be found online. News releases, player and coach biographies, historical data, live audio streaming, results and statistics on all 17 athletic programs can be found online at www.MercerBears.com.

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2010 SCHEDULE

Date Opponent Sept. 4 at University of Georgia Invitational

Location Bishop, Ga. (Equestrian Sports Complex)

Time 8 a.m.

Sept. 10

at Georgia State Invitational

Atlanta, Ga.

9 a.m.

Sept. 18

MERCER RUNFIT SPORTS INVITATIONAL

Macon, Ga. 9 a.m. (Georgia Industrial Children’s Home)

Oct. 2

at Greater Louisville Sports Commission Invitational

Louisville, Ky. (Tom Sawyer Park)

9 a.m.

Spartanburg, S.C.

8 a.m.

Spartanburg, S.C.

9 a.m.

Oct. 16 at USC Upstate Invitational Oct. 30 at A-Sun Championship Meet Nov. 13 at NCAA South Regional All times listed as Eastern time zone

Birmingham, Ala. (hosted by Samford University)

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The 2009-10 women’s cross country team earned the President’s Award from Mercer president William D. Underwood (right) for having the highest team grade point average for the Spring of 2010: an amazing 3.791 as a team! 3


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MEET THE HEAD COACH RYAN BAILEY

Coach Bailey states that his philosophy of coaching is centered on building a “complete” team: “Even though cross country seems like an individual sport in many respects, it takes a complete, well-rounded team to win. I want each of my athletes to be able to get support and energy from every other athlete on the squad. As a coach, I understand that each individual runner on the roster can potentially make every other runner on the team a better athlete. On my team, one goal is to have athletes that build one another up and have a positive outlook. When a team gets truly cohesive, the group will naturally develop a work ethic and ambitious sub-culture that leads to success. Teams with these attributes tend to finish their races in a tight group – and that is how you win cross country meets”.

HEAD COACH 9th SEASON

Coach Bailey has over thirty years of experience in competitive running and fifteen years experience coaching. Since Bailey’s NCAA debut in 2002 as head coach at Mercer, his athletes have set numerous university records.

Building an academically successful, cohesive, athletically ambitious team is a primary goal on Bailey’s Mercer squads. His stated academic goal is to maintain a high standard of scholarship and work toward a 100% graduation rate among his athletes and he has been very successful in this endeavor. The cumulative GPA for all of his athletes, men and women combined, is consistently above 3.1.

He is a 1984 graduate of Warner Robins High School in Warner Robins, Ga. Bailey participated in cross country and track as a member of some of the strongest distance squads in the history of the school. Bailey went on to serve six distinguished years in the United States Air Force, earning Southwest Asia Campaign and Air Force Achievement medals for his service during the first Gulf War. During the late 1980’s, Bailey saw military service in England and enjoyed athletic success as a top runner in the 8th Air Force and as the coach of the cross country team at Lakenheath RAF.

“Getting a great education is priority one, so I recruit athletes who are serious about their scholarship and that have shown academic success in high school,” said Bailey. “Anyone coming to Mercer University ought to do so because we offer the programs and academics that will prepare them for their lives after college. However, I also recruit student / athletes who will make athletic success priority ‘one-point-one’ and are able to successfully balance the three dimensions of college life – that is to say, academics, athletics and their personal life.

Returning to the U.S. after an honorable discharge from the military, Bailey attended Texas Tech University. He ran for one season (‘93) as a walk-on, gaining a position within the team’s top-7 before leaving the squad for financial reasons. Bailey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences with magna cum laude honors.

“Ambition is the secret ingredient that drives success. I’m looking for runners with the ambition to study and make something of themselves and, of course, the ambition to be a great runner. Those kids who have a real love of the sport; who have immersed themselves in the sport; who identify with the subculture that is tied to it; those are the runners I want”.

Bailey holds a USA Track and Field Level II certification and is currently working toward achieving the highest level of certification (Level III). Three of Coach Bailey’s USATF athletes have qualified for and run in the Junior Olympics National finals with one podium finish (Megan Breitbach, 7th 3000m, 2009). While coaching at the high school level, Bailey garnered numerous regional championships and five consecutive state championships in cross country. As a head track & field coach, his teams finished as runner-up three separate times in close contests. Coach Bailey also coached a dozen individual state champions in cross country and track. Bailey is the recipient of numerous coaching awards including five successive GISA Coaches Association Coach of the Year awards spanning the years 1997-2001.

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ASSISTANTS & STAFF ROLAND ADAMS

TANYA DO

ASSISTANT COACH 1st SEASON

TEAM MANAGER

Roland Adams joined the Mercer staff in 2010 after a stellar four-year career running for the Bears from 2006-09.

Tanya Do serves as the Bears’ team manager, assisting head coach Ryan Bailey with numerous aspects of behind-thescenes duties for the squad.

Adams was a team captain for the Bears. In addition to leading the team on foot, he was also one of the team’s top academic athletes and was recognized as an Atlantic Sun Conference Scholar Athlete as a senior.

Do is a sophomore at MU. She is a native of Kennesaw, Ga. and attended South Cobb High School (2009).

Adams name can be found prominently displayed in the Bears’ recordbook. He owns the second-fastest 5K time in school history when he ran a 16:09 at South Carolina in 2009. He also registered the third-best 10K time at the NCAA regionals, hosted by Alabama, with a clocking of 33:37. Adams also posted the No. 8 time for an 8K race in 2008, booking a 26:27.86 on Auburn’s course.

LAURA NELSEN ATHLETIC TRAINER

Adams came to Mercer by way of Collins Hill High School (2006), where he graduated with honors. He ran both cross country and track for the Eagles. Laura Nelsen came to Mercer as a Graduate Assistant on the sports medicine staff in 2009-10. Nelson’s responsibilities with the Bears have included baseball, men’s and women’s golf, as well as the cross country teams.

Adams selected Mercer to contine his education due to its “great atmosphere and smaller classes.” The Suwanee, Ga. native graduated from Mercer in the spring of 2010 with a biomedical engineering degree. He is the son of Ed and Peggy Adams.

Prior to arriving at Mercer, Nelson worked for Adrian College in Adrian, Mich. as an assistant athletic trainer. Her main responsibilities there included working with women’s soccer, men’s ice hockey and softball teams. Nelson received her bachelor of science degree in athletic training from South Dakota State University in May of 2007.

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2010 SEASON PREVIEWS MEN’S TEAM

Mercer University’s women’s cross country squad will be looking to build on a strong nucleus of returning talent heading into the 2010 season. Last year the Bears finished ninth and MU head coach Ryan Bailey looks for that to improve greatly.

Even though Mercer University men’s cross country head coach Ryan Bailey returns seven lettermen from his 2009 team, the veteran MU coach is still looking at a relatively young roster as the 2010 season unfolds.

“The women ran a faster team average during our time-trial than we clocked at Conference last fall” said Bailey. “I think this team will be, hands down, the fastest women’s team Mercer has ever fielded. My goal for the conference meet is for the team average to be under 19:00 (the current school record is 19:32 – set at Campbell in 2005).

The Bears – who finished seventh in last year’s Atlantic sun Conference championship race – do not have a senior on their roster. Bailey has four juniors and two sophomores among his returnees from last year, as well as another redshirt junior from 2008. A total of three freshmen will round out Bailey’s MU roster this season.

“Kacie Niemann, Lena Hamvas and Linda Batna are all looking very strong already and, on the whole, the team is much deeper in talent than ever before.”

“We have a very young squad, but I think we are a little stronger, on average, in our top seven positions compared to last year,” surmised Bailey. “I think freshmen Sony Prosper and Kasib Abdullah will both adapt to the 8K distance very well. I’m expecting the guys to demolish the former school record for the best team average. Last year’s 26:55 at Louisville was a record and I think the guys this year will be all over that.”

Niemann, a sophomore, had a banner freshman season for MU. In her first year wearing the Orange and Black, Niemann earned a second-team All-A-Sun award with a 13th place finish at the conference championship meet. In addition to being a new school record in the 5K, her time of 18:32 was also good enough to earn her placement on the A-Sun AllFreshman Team.

As a freshman for the Bears’ team in 2009, now-sophomore Jacob Law became the Bears’ first All-A-Sun finisher since 2002 when he earned second-team all-conference accolades with his 14th place overall finish in a time of 26:50 for the 8K race. Law’s efforts also earned him A-Sun All- Freshman Team status, the first time an MU runner has been accorded that honor.

Hamvas and Batna are both newcomers to the team, bringing in impressive credentials as they begin their college careers. Hamvas was an all-county and all-metro runner at Walton High School, while Batna is Bailey’s Latvian import who was among her country’s top distance runners.

The Bears will find depth from returning senior Clara Densmore – a three-time A-Sun AllAcademic selection – as well as senior Jenna Jackson, junior Christina Kivi, and sophomores Kasie Knapper, Hannah Stark and Lesa Webber. Junior Amalia Bugge – a member of the Bears’ women’s tennis program – is also joining the squad for 2010, as is freshman Sammy Woller.

Law owns the Bears’ school marks for the fastest 5K race (16:03), 15th fastest 8K time (26:41.1) and fifth-best 10K effort (33:57).

Juniors Nick Huguenard, Marc Kushinska, Chris Crook, Geremy Skeen and Andrew Jones are all in their third seasons under Bailey. Sophomores Andrew Weems and Chris Svidesskis will also provide depth on the roster. Kushinka has been a consistent point-scorer for the team during his career and is the Bears’ captain.

In addition to Densmore, Jackson, Kivi, Knapper, Niemann and Stark were all also named to the A-Sun’s AllAcademic Team to continue the team’s long-standing tradtion of excellence in the classroom.

Svidesskis ran the school’s third-fastest 5K clocking (16:13) at South Carolina’s Gamecock Invitational and the 12th-best 8K time (26:32.8) at the Greater Louisville Invitational. He led the MU team in most 8K races during the regular season.

In all, Mercer welcomes back seven letterwinners from 2009 and six newcomers.

In all, the Mercer men have three newcomers to add in with the total of eight veterans entering the 2010 season.

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2010 BEARS’ ROSTERS

WOMEN’S ROSTER NAME Linda Batna Amalia Bugge Caley Cranford Clara Densmore Lena Hamvas Kylen Hughes Jenna Jackson Christina Kivi Kasie Knapper Kacie Neimann Ali Rieger Hannah Stark Lesa Webber Sammy Woller

YR. Fr. Jr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Fr. Sr. Jr. So. So. Fr. So. So. Fr.

HT. 5-4 5-10 5-5 5-7 5-1 5-5 5-5 5-4 6-0 5-3 5-3 5-6 5-6 5-6

HOMETOWN Kandava, Latvia Warwick, R.I. Cochran, Ga. Marietta, Ga. Marietta, Ga. Chagrin Falls, Ohio Fayetteville, Ga. Valdosta, Ga. Fayetteville, Ga. Crestwood, Ky. Columbus, Ga. Royston, Ga. Snellville, Ga. Waukesha, Wis.

HIGH SCHOOL Ventspils Gymnasium No. 1 Toll Gate Bleckley County Lassiter Walton Kenston Sandy Creek Lowndes Whitewater South Oldham Calvary Christian Franklin County Shiloh New Berlin Eisenhower

YR. Fr. Jr. Fr. Jr. Jr.-r Jr. So. Fr. Jr. So. So.

HT. 5-7 5-10 5-7 5-8 5-10 5-10 6-1 5-9 5-11 5-9 5-9

HOMETOWN Warner Robins, Ga. Valdosta, Ga. Ft. Myers, Fla. Marietta, Ga. Rome, Ga. Bonaire, Ga. Crestwood, Ky. Pompano Beach, Fla. Perry, Ga. Marietta, Ga. Johnson City, Tenn.

HIGH SCHOOL Houston County Lowndes Ft. Myers Lassiter Rome Warner Robins South Oldham Union Grove (Ga.) Perry Dominion Christian Science Hill

MEN’S ROSTER NAME Kasib Abdullah Chris Crook Taylor Garrett Nick Huguenard Andrew Jones Marc Kushinka Jacob Law Sony Prosper Geremy Skeen Chris Svidesskis Andrew Weems

Head Coach: Ryan Bailey Assistant Coach: Roland Adams Assistant Coach: Diane Bailey

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2010 WOMEN’S RETURNEES

Personal Daughter of Peter and Sally Densmore ... Father is a project manager for IBM and mother is a marine biologist at the Georgia Aquarium ... Has two older sisters ... Is an Atlanta Braves fan ... Pre-competition ritual includes listening to Carrie Underwood ... A business management major and psychology minor ... Wants a career in human resources management.

CLARA DENSMORE 5-7 SENIOR MARIETTA, Ga. LASSITER HS

2009 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team member … Had a season-best 5K time of 20:22.13 at the Gamecock Invitational (9/4) … 57th at A-Sun championships (20:24) on 10/31 … Ran 21:26.1 at Disney Classic (10/11) for a 92nd place finish. 2008 A-Sun Conference All-Academic Team member … Season-best 20:20.06 at the Auburn Invitational (10/4) for a 32nd place finish … Ran a 20:24.44 at the Alabama Crimson Classic (9/20) … A time of 21:02.56 at the A-Sun Preview hosted by Mercer … Finished the season with back-to-back sub-21 minute races at the Jacksonville State Foothill Invitational (20:45.41/35th place) and at the A-Sun championships (20:41.36) … Was Mercer’s second finisher at the A-Sun finals and 52nd overall. 2007 A-Sun Conference All-Academic Team member … Had a season and career best 5K time of 20:20 at the Georgia Collegiate Meet hosted by Mercer, good for 12th place overall … First 5K collegiate time was a 22:31.11 at the Mercer Atlanta Invitational (9/8), for a 12th place … In two races hosted by Georgia State, ran a 21:17.08 (9/29) and a 21:06.74 (10/6) … Posted a time of 20:43 in the A-Sun championships, good for 49th place. High School A graduate of Lassiter (2007) ... Coached by Ed Hutcherson ... A four-year letterwinner ... Was second in the region her junior season ... Had a personal best of 19:32 as a prep ... Also earned three letters in track.

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2010 WOMEN’S RETURNEES JENNA JACKSON 5-5 SENIOR FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. SANDY CREEK HS

2009 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team member … Ran a 24:39 for season’s top 5K effort at the Gamecock Invitational (9/4) … 82nd at Atlantic Sun Conference championships … Ran a 25:28.7 at Disney Classic (10/11). 2008 A-Sun All-Academic Team member … Ran a 25:06.50 at the A-Sun Preview race hosted by Mercer. 2007 Did not compete in fall races … Is a converted sprinter to become a part of the Bears’ cross country program. High School An alumnae of Sandy Creek (2007) … Was coached by Leslie Cooper … Earned three varsity letters … An Honor Graduate and member of principal’s Honor Roll … Also ran track where she was part of the Patriot’s school record 4x100 and sprint medley relay squads. Personal Daughter of John and Sandra Jackson … Father is CEO of the Bank of Atlanta and mother a retired Delta Airlines employee ... Has one younger sister … Enjoys photography as a hobby … Favorite athletes are Muhammad Ali and Jesse Owens … Came to Mercer for academic strength, proximity to Atlanta and close atmosphere … Wants a career as a sports attorney and to own a professional team … A communications and pre-law double-major.

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2010 WOMEN’S RETURNEES CHRISTINA KIVI 5-4 JUNIOR VALDOSTA, Ga. LOWNDES HS

2009 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team member … Posted a clocking of 20:58 at the A-Sun championships (at USC Upstate on 10/31) for top 5K time of season, good for 66th place finish … Ran a 22:25.8 at Disney Classic … Had a 22:09.61 at USC Gamecock Invitational (9/4). 2008 A-Sun All-Academic Team member … A season-best time of 21:26.84 at the Jacksonville State Foothill Invitational … Was 69th at the A-Sun championships (11/1) in a time of 22:08.60. High School Graduate of Lowndes (2008) … Also played soccer as a prep … Team captain in both cross country and soccer … First team all-region in soccer as a senior … High Honor Roll all four years … A National Merit finalist and Academic Achievement Award in Arts and Literature … Attended three different high schools as a prep (also went to Niceville and Kadena high schools). Personal Daughter of Eric and Jeanine Kivi … Has two sisters … Father is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force and mother a high school math teacher … Favorite athlete is Nastia Livkin … Enjoys drawing in spare time … Wants a career as a book editor or comic book artist … An English and art double major.

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2010 WOMEN’S RETURNEES KASIE KNAPPER 6-0 SOPHOMORE FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. WHITEWATER HS

2009 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team member … Ran a 5K time of 21:51 at the Greater Louisville Sports Commission Invitational for her best effort of the season … 72nd at A-Sun championships in a clocking of 22:07 (10/31) … Ran a 22:35.2 at Disney Classic … Finished at 22:31.11 in the Gamecock Invitational (9/4). High School Attended Whitewater (2009) … Was coached by Ted Wansley … Earned a total of 10 varsity letters in four sports as a prep … Three-time all-region runner and state qualifier … Team won regional championship … Also ran track for the Wildcats … Holds school’s 5K record (19:40), mile record (5:30) and two-mile record (12:00) … National Honor Society and National French Honors Society member … Was class salutatorian. Personal Daughter of Edward and Mary Knapper … Has two sisters and one brother, all younger … Favorite athlete is Eric Liddel (Chariots of Fire) … Wants a career as a pediatrician or pediatric surgeon … A pre-medicine major.

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2010 WOMEN’S RETURNEES

younger sisters … Pre-race rituals include lacing a lucky penny into her shoe, prayer and a meal of spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and bananas … Has an extra bone in her foot that is prone to fracturing … Selected Mercer over schools like Morehead State, Murray State, Lipscomb, Clayton State and Centre … Hopes to carry on long-term medical missions in Latin America someday … A Spanish and pre-physician’s assistant double-major.

KACIE NIEMANN 5-3 SOPHOMORE CRESTWOOD, Ky. SOUTH OLDHAM HS

2009 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team member … An outstanding freshman collegiate season … 13th place at the A-Sun championships, earning second team all-conference and A-Sun All-Freshman Team accolades … Was MU’s first All-A-Sun finisher in women’s cross country since 1999 … Her time of 18:32 at the A-Sun championships was both a school record and personal record in the 5K … Also owns the second-fastest 5K time in school history with an 18:39.93 on September 4 at the Gamecock Invitational (good for seventh place in the race) … In all, owns four of school’s top-10 5K times (also eighth with a 19:03 at MU RunFit Sports Invitational, for a 3rd place race finish, and 10th slot with a 19:08.56 at the Greater Louisville Sports Commission Invitational) … Placed 25th of 279 runners (19:58.6) at Disney Classic (10/11) … Set school record for 6K race (23:04.91) at the NCAA South Regionals hosted by the University of Alabama (11/14) and finished 98th overall. High School A graduate of South Oldham (2009) … Was coached by Stan Clark … Graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade point average as a prep … Academic allstate selection three times … An AP Scholar-Athlete … As a senior, was fourth in the state championship meet as an individual and a part of the state championship team … Also an outstanding track athlete … As a sophomore, was seventh in the state 1600 meters, eighth in the state for 3200 meters as a junior and a part of the state champion 4x800 relay quartet as a senior … Voted team’s top distance runner. Personal Daughter of Allen and Stephanie Niemann … Father is a toolmaker ... Has one older brother and two 12


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2010 WOMEN’S RETURNEES HANNAH STARK 5-6 SOPHOMORE ROYSTON, Ga. FRANKLIN COUNTY HS

2009 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team member … Ran a season’s best 5K time of 22:41 at the A-Sun championships … Finished 77th in A-Sun … Also ran a 23:57.6 at Disney Classic (10/11). High School A graduate of Franklin County (2009) ... Earned Fellowship of Christian Athletes “Sportsmanship Leadership” award Personal Daughter of Tim and Deborah Stark ... Majoring in psychology.

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2010 WOMEN’S RETURNEES LESA WEBBER 5-6 SOPHOMORE SNELLVILLE, Ga. SHILOH HS

2009 Had a top 5K time of 22:36.8 at Disney Classic (10/10) … 75th at Atlantic Sun Conference championships (22:38) … Ran a 22:24.96 at the Gamecock Invitational (9/4). High School Graduate of Shiloh (2009) … Also participated in track for the Generals, earning a total of five varsity letters in high school … Had her top 5K prep time as a sophomore (20:41) … An Honor Student at SHS. Personal Daughter of Gary and Sharyn Webber … Father is a wood plant manager and mother a middle school clerk ... Has one older brother … Chose MU for its environment and location … Has battle severe shin splints during her career … Favorite athlete is Steve Prefontaine … Hobbies include equestrian activities and playing the piano … Undecided major and a liberal arts minor.

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2010 WOMEN’S NEWCOMERS LINDA BATNA

AMALIA BUGGE

5-4 FRESHMAN

5-10 JUNIOR

KANDAVA, Latvia VENTSPILS GYMNASIUM NO. 1

WARWICK, R.I. TOLL GATE HS

High School Attended Ventspils Gymnasium No. 1 in her native Latvia … Her best times include a 3K clocking of 10:00.2 (in a stadium) and a 10K of 37:46 (road race).

Misc. Also plays women’s tennis for the Bears ... 2010 will be her first season on MU’s cross country team. High School A graduate of Toll Gate (2007) ... A three-sports athlete for the Titans, playing four seasons each of soccer, basketball and softball.

Personal Daughter of Daiga Batna … Mother is a nurse ... Has one younger brother … Born in Riga, Latvia … Part of her reason for attending Mercer had to do with its location in Macon and its historically rich traditions and musical culture … Favorite pre-match meal is porridge … Has met Latvian president Victor Scherbatic … Enjoys taking long road trips while listening to music … An English major, with a minor in either Spanish or theatre.

Personal Daughter of Margaret Bugge ... Has five brothers ... Favorite athlete is Pete Sampras and favorite sports team is the Boston Red Sox ... A business major.

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2010 WOMEN’S NEWCOMERS CALEY CRANFORD

LENA HAMVAS

5-5 FRESHMAN

5-1 FRESHMAN

COCHRAN, Ga. BLECKLEY COUNTY HS

MARIETTA, Ga. WALTON HS

High School Graduate of Bleckley County (2009) … Joins the Bears’ team from the excellent distance program at BCHS where she ran for Shelley Cranford (a very successful distance runner in his own right), who has not only built the Bleckley team into a Middle-Georgia powerhouse, but also happens to be Caley’s uncle … Entered Mercer with top times of 12:45 for the 3K, 22:30 5K and 54:00 for the 10K races … Team was a fourtime regional champion and placed fourth in state her freshman season (2006) ... Also ran track at BCHS ... Team took regionals her sophomore through senior years and was the AA state champion her freshman season, as well ... Was also a member of the cheerleading squads for football and basketball ... Was awarded a Presidential Academic Scholarship from Mercer.

High School Came to MU from the traditionally-strong program at Walton High School (2010) … Ran under Coach Travis Gower at WHS … A top Georgia runner who finished 12th at the 2009 5A cross country state championships … Came on strong in her senior season, earning all-county and all-metro accolades … Had her best races at the Great American XC Festival, the state championship meet and as a member of Team Georgia at the Footlocker South Regional Championships … Team placed second in the state in 2007 and fourth in 2009 ... A Scholar-Athlete who was also presented the “Raider Pride Award” for honesty and integrity ... Was a member of the WHS Outreach Team and Leadership Team, as well as Senior Spirit Club. Personal Favorite athlete is Mia Hamm ... Was also recruited by Georgia College and State University ... Wants some type of career working internationally ... A communication major.

Personal Daughter of Greg Cranford and Lesa Bergh ... Father is a veterinarian and mother a second grade teacher ... Has two older sisters and one younger brother ... Family all enjoys singing ... Here favorite pre-competition meal is chicken Alfredo and her ritual is triple-knotting her shoestrings ... A biology major ... Wants a career as a physician’s assistant in a neonatal intensive care unit.

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2010 WOMEN’S NEWCOMERS KYLEN HUGHES

ALI RIEGER

5-5 FRESHMAN

5-3 FRESHMAN

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio KENSTON HS

COLUMBUS, Ga. CALVARY CHRISTIAN HS

High School A graduate of Kenston (2009) ... Was coached by Jeanette DiBernardo ... A four-year letterwinner ... Was “Rookie of the Year” (2005), “Gold Shoe” award winner (2007) and team captain (2008) ... Was also team’s MVP ... A Chagrin Valley Conference Scholar Athlete and a first team All-CVC finisher ... Cross country team qualified for regionals both her junior and senior campaigns ... Also participate in track and was a diver for the swim team ... In track, earned team’s “Coach’s Award” twice (freshman and senior), while also serving as a captain as a senior ... Was swim team’s “Most Improved” as a freshman ... Earned a Wendy’s High School Heisman award ... Earned numerous academic awards as a prep and a graduated among the top 15 grade point averages in her class ... A National Honor Society member.

High School A graduate of Calvary Christian (2007) ... Was coached by both Ken Dickerson and Alicia Rieger (her mother) as a prep ... Earned three varsity letters ... Three-time all-state finisher (finishing fourth, seventh and tenth, respectively) ... Team’s MVP and captain as a senior ... also earned three letters each in soccer and basketball ... In soccer, was selected all-region and team’s MVP, while also serving as team captain as a junior and senior ... In hoops, was also all-region, as well as team MVP and captain as a senior ... Team earned two trips to state in basketball (finishing second in the region once) ... Was her class valedictorian. Personal Daughter of William Rieger and Alicia Rieger ... Mother is a medical social worker ... Has one older sister, Jenna Carrick, who attended Mercer (2002-06) ... Favorite athlete is Mia Hamm ... Her most embarrassing sports moment was once scoring in the wrong basket in a youth basketball game ... A business major (emphasis in hospital management) ... Wants a career in physical therapy.

Personal Daughter of Pam Hughes and the late Dan Hughes ... Has a younger brother ... One of her reasons for attending Mercer was its rating as a Top-10 Best Value School in the country ... Likes to eat peanut butter toast prior to races ... Favorite foods are sushi and ice cream (...but not together!) ... A biology major.

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2010 WOMEN’S NEWCOMERS SAMMY WOLLER

including: outdoor 1600, indoor 1600, indoor 400, indoor 800, indoor 3200 ... Also a part of record setting relay teams outdoors in the 4x800 and distance medley relay ... Team’s MVP in track and a two-time team captain ... National Honor Society member … Also on EHS’ High Honor Roll and received a Presidential Academic Scholarship from Mercer … Was also her school’s D.A.R.E. representative.

5-6 FRESHMAN WAUKESHA, Wis. NEW BERLIN EISENHOWER HS

High School A graduate of Eisenhower (2010) in New Berlin, Wis. … A four-time State qualifier … Three-time first team All-Woodland Conference finisher … All-State second team runner (with a fourth-place finish at her state’s championships in 2006) and all-state honorable mention accolades as a junior … Holds the Eisenhower high school cross country record for the four kilometer distance with a clocking of 15:05 minutes … In addition, holds school records for track in the 1600 meters and as part of the school’s distance medley relay team … In addition to being a member of both the track and cross country teams, also played one season of soccer for EHS … Holds numerous track records

Personal Daughter of Tom and Dawn Woller ... Has an older sister and younger brother ... Her favorite sports team is the Milwaukee Brewers ... Favorite pre-game meal is spaghetti and meat balls ... Pre-competition rituals include eating pasta two nights prior, listening to her favorite music and wearing her lucky socks ... Chose Mercer because of the beauty of the campus and academic opportunities ... Was also recruited by Murray State and Alabama-Birmingham ... Double major in biochemistry and molecular biology ... Wants a career in the medical profession.

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BEARS’ 2009 FANTASTIC FRESHMEN!

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2010 MEN’S RETURNEES CHRIS CROOK 5-10 JUNIOR VALDOSTA, Ga. LOWNDES HS

2009 Had a season-best 8K time of 36:55.62 at the Mercer RunFit Sports Invitational (9/26). 2008 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team member. High School Graduate of Lowndes (2008) … In addition to running cross country, was also a member of the golf and soccer teams for the Vikings. Personal Son of Bruce and Linda Crook … Has one older brother … Father is an assistant principal … Favorite sports team is the Atlanta Braves … Favorite pre-race meal is chicken with pasta and Alfredo sauce … Person he would most like to meet is Leonardo DaVinci … A mechanical engineering major.

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2010 MEN’S RETURNEES NICK HUGUENARD 5-8 JUNIOR MARIETTA, Ga. LASSITER HS

2009 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team member … Posted a top 8K clocking of 29:18.15 at the Mercer RunFit Sports Invitational (9/26). 2008 A-Sun All-Academic Team member … A season-best 8K effort of 28:40.05 at the Auburn Invitational (10/4) … Followed that with a 28:49.22 at the Jacksonville State Foothill Invitational (10/18) … Was 70th at the A-Sun championships (30:14.14). High School Prepped at Lassiter (2008) … Lettered one season each in cross country and track at LHS. Personal Son of Robert and Judy Huguenard … Father is an environmental engineer and mother a teacher ... Was born in Orlando, Fla. … Undecided major.

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2010 MEN’S RETURNEES ANDREW JONES 5-10 JUNIOR (redshirt) ROME, Ga. ROME HS

2009 Injured and could not compete in any races … Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team member. 2008 A-Sun All-Academic Team member … Received the “Coach’s Award” … A season-best 27:30.07 time at Auburn … Earned a top-10 finish at South Carolina … Three top-50 performances during the season … Other top efforts included the Jacksonville State Foothill Invitational where he ran a 28:12.72 (28th), the A-Sun Preview race with a 28:47.50 and the Alabama Crimson Classic in a time of 29:01.31 (47th) … Was 56th in the A-Sun championships (29:01.31) and the Bears’ No. 2 finisher. 2007 Was the team’s seventh finisher at the A-Sun championships (74th overall) in a season-best 8K time of 30:28 … Also ran a 30:31 at the Georgia Collegiate Championships hosted by MU … Competed in four races total … Ran a 31:44 and a 32:05, both at meets hosted by Georgia State. High School A graduate of Rome (2007) … Coached by Andy Blackburn ... In addition to cross country, also participated in track and baseball at RHS. Personal Son of Casey and Andrea Jones ... Mother is a horticulturist ... Has one younger brother ... Favorite athlete is Greg Maddox ... Pre-game meal is usually pasta ... A biomedical engineering major ... Wants to go on to Harvard Medical School and eventually become a trauma doctor. 22


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2010 MEN’S RETURNEES MARC KUSHINKA 5-10 JUNIOR BONAIRE, Ga. WARNER ROBINS HS

2009 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team member … Third-fastest individual for Bears with an 8K time of 27:08 at the Greater Louisville Sports Commission Invitational (10/3) … Was MU’s fourth finisher at A-Sun championships in a time of 28:37 (47th) … At the Mercer RunFit Sports Invitational, posted a time of 27:45.78 ... A top 5K time of 16:17.72 at the South Carolina Gamecock Invitational 2008 A-Sun All-Academic Team member … At the Jacksonville State Foothill Invitational, had a seasonbest time of 28:14.67 … In the A-Sun championships, ran a 29:04.42 for 63rd place. 2007 Did not compete. High School An alum of Warner Robins (2007) … Three varsity letters … As a senior, was Houston County “Runner of the Year” … Two-time regional individual champion … Team earned three regional championships, as well … Also participated in track and soccer for the Demons … Graduated with a 4.0 grade point average … An AP Scholar and a National Merit Scholar. Personal Son of Mark and Julie Kushinka … Father is the Houston county tax commissioner and mother a principal/teacher ... Has one sister and two brothers, all younger … Favorite sports team is Chelsea Football Club … Favorite pre-race meal is spaghetti and meat balls … Wants a career in physical therapy … A chemistry major. 23


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2010 MEN’S RETURNEES JACOB LAW 6-1 SOPHOMORE CRESTWOOD, Ky. SOUTH OLDHAM HS

2009 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team member … Was a second team All-A-Sun finisher with a 14th place (26:50) at the A-Sun championships as Mercer’s top placewinner … Was the Bears’ first all-conference finisher since 2002 … Also selected to the A-Sun’s All-Freshman team … Finished 114th at NCAA South Regional (at Alabama) with a 10K time of 33:57 (fifthbest 10K time in MU history) … Was 22nd of 205 at the Disney Classic (10/11) in a time of 27:03.2 … Ran the 15th-fastest 8K time in MU history (26:41.1) at the Greater Louisville Sports Commission Classic (10/3) … Was team’s second finisher at MU RunFit Sports Invitational (9/26) in a time of 27:20.09 … Was Bears’ top 5K runner in early season races at UT-Chattanooga (16:20) and at USC Upstate (16:03.59). High School Graduate of South Oldham (2009) … Ran for Stan Clark … Was the 2008 Kentucky state AA champions … “Senior of the Year” for cross country … Team finished third in the state in 2008 … Also participated in football, basketball and track, earning a total of eight varsity letters … Was twice second (junior and senior) in the 3200 meters at state track championship meet … Graduated summa cum laude … Was class treasurer and Beta Club president. Personal Son of Brad and Julie Law … Father works in inside sales and mother is a nurse ... Has one younger brother … Born in Indianapolis, Ind. … Was recruited by over 75 colleges, including Tulsa, Ole Miss, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt to name a few … Favorite actor is Johnny Depp … Favorite pre-race meal is pasta … Cites Christian influence as reason for selecting Mercer … An engineering major. 24


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2010 MEN’S RETURNEES GEREMY SKEEN 5-11 JUNIOR PERRY, Ga. PERRY HS

2009 Ran a season-best 30:32.5 at the Disney Classic (10/11) … Was Bears’ fifth finisher at A-Sun championships (65th place) in a time of 31:02 on 10/31 … Had a time of 30:28.38 at the Mercer RunFit Sports Invitational (9/26). 2008 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team member … Garnered a 31st place finish at Jacksonville State, running a personal-best time of 28:22.90 (shaving nearly three seconds off his previous best set two weeks earlier at Auburn) … Was 59th at the A-Sun championships (28:33.97) and the Bears’ No. 4 finisher. High School An alumnus of Perry (2008) … Earned three varsity letters in cross country and one in track for the Panthers … As a sophomore, was voted “Most Improved” and team’s “Best Distance Runner” awards … Cross country team MVP as a senior … A National Honor Society member. Personal Son of Gary and Cheryl Skeen … Father is an electrician and mother an accountant ... Has two sisters, both older … Born in Palm Springs, Calif. … Loves the outdoors in his free time … Likes to mountain bike … Selected Mercer for academics and small atmosphere … Favorite sports team is the Indianapolis Colts and favorite athlete is Peyton Manning … Favorite preevent meal is spaghetti … Wants to become a pharmacist … A pre-pharmacy major.

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2010 MEN’S RETURNEES CHRIS SVIDESSKIS 5-9 SOPHOMORE MARIETTA, Ga. DOMINION CHRISTIAN HS

2009 As a freshman, had the Bears’ best 8K time of the year at the Greater Louisville Sports Commission Invitational (10/3) with a time of 26:32.8, which was also the 12th-fastest in MU history … Third-best finish (28:36/46th place) for MU at the A-Sun championships (10/31) … Mercer’s top placer at Disney Classic (10/11) with a 20th finish (27:00.8) … Ran a 27:03.03 as MU’s top placer at the Mercer RunFit Sports Invitational (9/26) … Was 13th at USC Gamecock Invitational 5K race in a time of 16:13.57. High School Graduate of Dominion Christian (2009) … Was coached by Brett Edwards … Lettered three seasons each in cross country and track … Was the 2008 GISA AAA state champion … Team won the 2007 GISA AAA team state championship. Personal Son of Vladimir and Heather Svidesskis … Father is a senior computer technician ... Has one younger sister … Favorite athlete is Steve Prefontaine … Enjoys photography as a hobby … A mechanical engineering major.

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2010 MEN’S RETURNEES ANDREW WEEMS 5-9 SOPHOMORE JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. SCIENCE HILL HS

2009 His 8K time of 27:28 at the Greater Louisville Sports Commission Invitational (10/3) was fourth-best individual effort for the Bears … Posted a time of 28:56.3 at Disney Classic (10/11) to finish 79th of 205 runners. High School Graduate of Science Hill (2009) … Was coached by Buddy Thomas … Also participated in track and soccer. Personal Son of Tom and Betsy Weems … Has one older brother … Enjoys reading and painting in free time … A biomechanical and mathematics double major.

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2010 MEN’S NEWCOMERS KASIB ABDULLAH

TAYLOR GARRETT

5-7 FRESHMAN

5-7 FRESHMAN

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. HOUSTON COUNTY HS

FT. MYERS, Fla. FT. MYERS HS

High School A graduate of Houston County (2010) … In cross country, he ran for head coach Patricia Rouse and in track was coached by Tom Seward ... At the 2009 Georgia High School Association state championships he posted a clocking of 17:14.48 minutes … Ran a personal-best time of 16:35.03 for the 5K at the Warner Robins Invitational … Team was region runner-up his senior season ... In track, was the Region 1-AAAAA runner up in both the 3,200 and 5,000 meter runs as a junior in 2009, twice earning the Region’s “Runner of the Week” award … As a senior, he set the HCHS record in the 3200 … Honor Roll status as a prep for HCHS (with a grade point average above 3.5) … A member of the Beta Club and is a Cadet Major in the AFJROTC.

High School A graduate of Ft. Myers (2010) ... Three varsity letters ... Coaches were Kelly Britton and Yancey Palmer ... Earned “Coach’s Award” as a junior ... As a senior, voted “Team Player” award and was captain of the squad ... Team was a three-time state meet qualifier and had a runner-up finisher in the region his senior year ... Also ran track for FMHS and was the only fourth-year member of the team his senior season ... An AP Scholar with Distinction ... Graduated summa cum laude. Personal Son of Thomas and Laurice Garrett ... Father is an engineer and mother a college professor ... Volunteers at his church playing instruments and in choir ... Favorite athlete is Kyle Orton ... Usual pre-competition meal is pasta ... Most embarrassing sports moment was accidently wearing his shorts backward in his first varsity cross country race ... a business major and psychology minor ... Wants to have his own business someday.

Personal Son of Kamal and Angela Abdullah ... Father is a contractor and mother a surgical technician ... One of four children in his family ... Pre-game meal is usually a turkey sandwich ... Favorite book is The Time Machine by H.G. Wells ... A biology major and a chemistry minor ... Wants a career as a geneticist.

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2010 MEN’S NEWCOMERS SONY PROSPER 5-9 FRESHMAN POMPANO BEACH, Fla. UNION GROVE (Ga.) HS

his track career, set six school records at UGHS (sprint medley relay, distance medley relay, 4 x 800, 4 x Mile, mile and 3200 meters) ... A two-time state qualifier in the 3200 and once in the 1600 ... Won region titles in both the 1600 and 3200 in 2010.

High School An alumnus of Union Grove (2009) in McDonough, Ga. … Coached by Eric Daugherty ... Three varsity seasons ... Also competed in track at UGHS … Entered college with personal best times of 9:21 for 3K and 15:55 for 5K races … Finished 25th at the 2009 Georgia state cross country championship meet in a time of 16:29 minutes ... Was 2009 Region 2 individual champion ... A three-time state meet qualifier and first team allregion finisher ... Holds school 5K record (15:55) … In

Personal Son of Diana and Jean Monvilus ... Oldest of three children in his family ... Favorite hangout spot is Barnes & Noble ... Says word that best describes him is “ambitious” ... An undecided major.

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MERCER BEARS HOME COURSE: The Mercer University cross country teams run their home events on the grounds of the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home. The course is wheel measured for accuracy and well marked, while featuring 100% natural surfaces with rolling terrain and wide turns in a picturesque setting. The condition of the course is always excellent, making for consistently fast races. There is ample parking and good viewing for spectators.

2010 MERCER RUNFIT INVITATIONAL Saturday, September 18, 2010 Georgia Children’s Industrial Home Macon, Ga.

The 5K course is an accurate 1.5 mile loop. The athletes will run two loops (3 miles) then finish with a fast 160 meter (.1 mile) straightaway.

Men’s Race Time: 9 a.m.

The 8K course follows the same loop as the 5K with the addition of one short loop. The athletes run the short loop of .76K (.47 miles) and then run the large main loop 3 times around for 7.24K (4.5 miles) for a very accurate 8K.

Women’s Race Time: 9:40 a.m.

The Middle School course follows the 1.5 mile (2.4K) loop then follows the short loop of .76K (.47 miles) for approximately 3.2K or 2 miles (actual length = 3174 meters).

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WOMEN’S A-SUN HONORS/RECORDS

Fastest A-Sun Time (Individual): 18:32 - Kacie Niemann, 2009

A-SUN ALL-ACADEMIC SELECTIONS 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002

Best A-Sun Finish (Individual): 5th - Krista Swanson (19:50), 1999 Best A-Sun Score (Team): 127 - 1993 Best A-Sun Finish (Team): 5th - 1993

ALL-CONFERENCE FINISHES (since 1985) YEAR NAME 1992 Amy Smith 1993 Amy Smith 1999 Krista Swanson 2009 Kacie Niemann

PLACE 9th 7th 5th 13th

TIME 20:52 20:24 19:50 18:32

HONOR 1st Team 1st Team 1st Team 2nd Team

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM FINISHES (since 2005) YEAR NAME 2005 Valerie Detrick 2009 Kacie Niemann

FROSH PLACE 4th 3rd

TIME 19:21 18:32

A-SUN TEAM FINISHES Year 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998

Place 7th 8th 7th 7th 6th 6th 5th 10th 9th 10th 10th 8th

Score 180 209 186 169 146 142 127 262 241 272 299 231

Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Place Score 7th 193 8th 246 8th 223 10th 228 9th tie 242 9th 188 9th 195 8th 186 8th 189 11th 270 9th 251 32

Jeannette Crawford Clara Densmore Karen Dorris Jenna Jackson Christina Kivi Kassandra Knapper Kacie Niemann Hannah Stark Kristie Caraway Jeannette Crawford Clara Densmore Whitney Hall Jenna Jackson Christina Kivi Chereese Rowe Carly Souther Leah Stowers Brittany Clark Jeannette Crawford Clara Densmore Whitney Hall Deborah Jones Chereese Rowe Carly Souther Leah Stowers Kristie Caraway Brittany Clark Jeannette Crawford Deborah Jones Elizabeth Orendorff Carly Souther Brittany Clark Valerie Detrick Deborah Jones Elizabeth Orendorff Brittany Wheeler Annie Brackett Brittany Clark Leanna Dailey Lauren Grant Deborah Jones Ashley Meredith Elizabeth Orendorff Brittany Wheeler Elizabeth Booth Angela Coleman Leanna Dailey Lauren Grant Alice Johnson Cassandra Shular Katherine Smith Elizabeth Booth Heidi Clinite Angela Coleman Leanna Dailey Leanna Giraud Lauren Grant Alice Johnston Megen Larsen

2001 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1991

Cassandra Shular Katherine Smith Amanda Whatley Kristi Coffelt Leanna Dailey Jocelyn Garrison Lauren Grant Ashley Meredith Cassandra Shular Katherine Smith Amanda Whatley Melinda Asbury Stephanie Barndollar Kimberly Smith Krista Swanson Heather Tracy Jennifer Turner Amanda Whatley Melinda Asbury Stephanie Barndollar Lindsay Brooks Veronica Kaufhold Alex Manderson Kimberly Smith Lori Steward Heather Tracy Jennifer Turner Stephanie Barndollar Lori Steward Krista Swanson Heather Tracy Ryan Turner Stephanie Barndollar Sirpa Owen Julie Sauls Krista Swanson Heather Tracy Jennifer Turner Amy Webb Tonya McCloud Sirpa Owen Julie Sauls Lilla Seme Amy Webb Sayrah Garrison Julie Sauls Myra Wood Sayrah Garrison Elizabeth Pitts Amy Smith Dustonia Strickland Elizabeth Talley Amy Wheatley Bessie Gray Jada Hamby Amy Smith


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Fastest A-Sun Time (Individual): 25:45 - Justin Parker, 2000

(since 2001) YEAR NAME 2009 Jacob Law

Best A-Sun Finish (Individual): 2nd - Justin Parker (25:45), 2000 Best A-Sun Score (Team): 101 - 2000

TIME 27:41 26:42 26:17 25:45 26:15 26:50

A-SUN ALL-ACADEMIC SELECTIONS 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002

HONOR 1st Team 1st Team 1st Team 1st Team 1st Team 2nd Team

A-SUN TEAM FINISHES Year Place 1982 7th 1983 dnf 1984 6th 1985 6th 1986 6th 1987 5th 1988 6th 1989 5th 1990 7th 1991 6th 1992 6th 1993 4th 1994 7th 1995 9th 1996 12th 1997

Score 183 -158 153 164 124 185 166 200 182 154 124 169 256 357

Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

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ALL-CONFERENCE FINISHES PLACE 7th 7th 10th 2nd 5th 14th

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Best A-Sun Finish (Team): 4th - 1993

(since 1979) YEAR NAME 1993 Sean Fortson 1994 Bill Vesley 1999 Justin Parker 2000 Justin Parker 2002 Justin Parker 2009 Jacob Law

FROSH PLACE 4th

Place 7th 7th 5th 7th 8th 6th 9th 8th 8th 9th 9th 7th

Score 210 206 101 196 216 154 229 231 206 233 245 194

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Roland Adams Nicholas Huguenard Andrew Jones Marc Kushinka Jacob Law Chad Bacon Christopher Crook Nicholas Huguenard Andrew Jones Marc Kushinka Geremy Skeen Chris Butler James Fry John Jones Elliott Sumner Daniel Tanui James Frye Daniel Tanui Stephen Byxbe Giancarlo Calva James Frye Jason Morgan Daniel Tanui Jonathan Anderson Giancarlo Calva David Quigley Benjamin Brackett Ryan Thompson James Bence Benjamin Brackett Jason Morgan Justin Parker Justin Poucher Ryan Thompson

2001 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1991

Michael Beatie James Bence Ryan Dorward Justin Parker Justin Poucher James Bence Michael Brotherton Abraham Ghebru Jusatin Poucher Chris Roche Michael Witting Carl Steigerwald Bjorn Strandsater Chris Roche Chris Conn Phil Herrington Lee Johnson Chris Conn Phil Herrington Tim Johnson William Vesely Matthew Crist Phil Herrington Alexander Prugh William Vesely Matthew Crist Sean Forston Tim Johnson William Mercer Alexander Prugh William Mercer Michael Morrow


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MERCER WOMEN’S RECORDS 5K TOP PERFORMANCES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

2009 2009 2003 2002 1999 1999 2006 2009 1999 2009 2002 2005 2005 2008 2005

Kacie Niemann Kacie Niemann Alice Johnston Lauren Grant Krista Swanson Krista Swanson Deborah Jones Kacie Niemann Krista Swanson Kacie Niemann Alice Johnston Deborah Jones Elisabeth Orendorff Chereese Rowe Valerie Detrick

18:32.00 18:39.93 18:53 18:54 18:54 18:59 19:02 19:03 19:05 19:08.56 19:12 19:15 19:15 19:16.07 19:25

6K TOP PERFORMANCES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Stetson South Carolina Auburn Auburn Clemson Georgia Southern South Carolina Mercer University Central Florida Greater Louisville Auburn Campbell Campbell Auburn Campbell

2009 2007 2004 2005 2003

Kacie Niemann Deborah Jones Deborah Jones Valerie Detric Alice Johnston

23:04.00 23:27.83 23:47.14 23:47.37 24:05.00

Alabama Florida Alabama Georgia State Auburn

Best Mercer Team-Average for 6k: 24:36 2005 at Georgia State Team: Valerie Detrick, Elisabeth Orendorff, Deborah Jones, Brittany Clark, Caroline Miller

2-MILE TOP PERFORMANCES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Best Mercer Team-Average for 5K: 19:32 2005 at Atlantic Sun Championships @ Campbell University Team: Valerie Detrick, Elisabeth Orendorff, Deborah Jones, Brittany Clark, Caroline Miller

2007 2007 2009 2007 2004

Deborah Jones Chereese Rowe Kacie Niemann Brittany Clark Libby Orendorff

Deborah Jones owns two of the top 15 times in 5K races in Bears’ history, as well as the Nos. 2 and 3 best times in 6K events. She is also MU’s record-holder for twomile races.

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11:43.47 11:59.95 12:01 12:04.46 12:16

Troy State Troy State UT Chattanooga Troy State UT Chattanooga


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2003 2000 2000 2003 2002 1999 2001 2000 2005 2008 1999 2009 2005 2000 2009

10K TOP PERFORMANCES

Justin Parker 25:24 Auburn Justin Parker 25:45 Campbell Justin Parker 26:08 Jacksonville St. Justin Parker 26:09 Campbell Justin Parker 26:15 Troy St. Justin Parker 26:17 Central Florida Ryan Thompson 26:23 Georgia State Justin Parker 26:23 Campbell Daniel Tanui 26:26 Great American XC Roland Adams 26:27.86 Auburn Justin Parker 26:31 Georgia Southern Chris Svidesskis 26:32.8 Greater Louisville Daniel Tanui 26:40 Georgia State Justin Parker 26:41 Auburn Jacob Law – 26:41.1 Greater Louisville Meet

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

2003 2000 2009 2004 2009

Justin Parker Ryan Thompson Roland Adams Daniel Tanui Jacob Law

32:20.00 33:32.00 33:37.00 33:37.10 33:57.00

Auburn Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama

5K TOP PERFORMANCES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Best Mercer Team-Average for 8K: 27:13 2000 at Campbell University Team: Justin Parker, Ryan Thompson, Chris Roche, Michael Beattie, James Bence

2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2003 2007 2009 2009 2007

Jacob Law Roland Adams Chris Svidesskis Marc Kushinka Jacob Law Millard Laney Daniel Tanui Taylor Snyder Chris Svidesskis Brian Waldrip

16:03 16:09 16:13 16:17 16:20 16:24 16:24 16:31 16:32 16:33

South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina UT Chattanooga Charleston Belmont South Carolina UT Chattanooga Belmont

NON-STANDARD XC DISTANCES

Justin Parker holds the top five 8K performance times in MU history, while also owning the school records in the 10K race, as well.

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2.4 Mile Course 1. 1954 Kevin Sumner

12:08.5

2.8 Mile Course 1. 1948 Richard Benson

15:40

3.6 Mile Course 1. 1954 Kevin Sumner

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THIS IS Mercer What distinguishes a good university from a great university extends far beyond the boundaries of its curriculum and its campus.

The competence and character of an institution’s graduates are, more often than not, the hallmarks by which its reputation is both earned and measured. As a private, co-educational institution, Mercer University has emerged as one of the premier universities in the Southeast and the nation. Mercer is truly a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. Mercer’s outstanding faculty take students beyond the rigors of academic programs to explore the challenges of reason, responsibility, compassion and character. Through learning, living and leading, Mercer students are prepared not only to confront, but also to embrace the challenges of their future. Under the leadership of prominent Georgia Baptist leader Jesse Mercer, Mercer University was founded in Penfield, Ga., in 1833 and later moved to Macon in 1871. From its humble beginnings as a small liberal arts college, Mercer now offers programs in 11 schools and colleges. Conveniently located in the middle of the state, Macon serves as the educational, medical, cultural and commercial hub of central Georgia. Located just one hour from Atlanta - one of

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ercer... the nation’s most popular international cities - and two hours from the Atlantic coast, Macon is easily accessible from two interstate highways - I-75 and I-16. Consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review among the nation’s leading universities, Mercer considers one of its strengths to be its superior faculty, who “teach from the heart.” At Mercer, students benefit from learning experiences guided by caring faculty, not teaching assistants found at many universities as is the case at many universities. The Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA recently named Mercer as a “highly selective” university, and The Princeton Review has placed Mercer among the Best 351 Colleges in North America. The University is comprised of the College of Liberal Arts, the Walter F. George School of Law, the School of Pharmacy and Health Services, the School of Medicine, the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, the School of Engineering, the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, the Tift College of Education, the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, and the Townsend School of Music. The University also operates the Mercer University Press in Macon and the Mercer Engineering Research Center in Warner Robins. Mercer’s enrollment is nearly 8,100 students. While many students come from the Southeast, more than 38 states and 30 countries are represented among the student body. The average class size at Mercer is 21, with a student/faculty ratio of 13:1 - unusually low for a major university. 37


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Even with its picturesque setting, the spirit of Mercer is not in the grandeur of its buildings, but in the graciousness of its people - a friendly, family-like community of faculty, staff and students who strive for excellence in all that they do. The University offers a wealth of fascinating experiences and activities both in and outside the classroom. From academic clubs and honor societies, to performing arts and special interest groups, to 16 national fraternities and sororities on campus, students can choose from more than 80 on-campus organizations to discover new talents and interests and to gain important leadership skills they will need for life after college.

RESIDENCE LIFE

The benefits of campus living are numerous - the development of life-long friendships, a sense of community, enhancing campus involvement and higher academic performance. For many new students, this is the first time they have lived away from home, and the community that develops on campus and in residence halls becomes a second family. All freshman and sophomores (first-year and/or transfer students) are required to live on campus, with the exception of married students, students above the age of 21, students with children and/or students who live at home with a parent or guardian within reasonable commuting distance. In each of Mercer’s residence halls, safety comes first and foremost. The exterior doors are locked at all times, and students use their identification cards to gain access into their residence hall. 38


DEGREES AT MERCER

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Undergraduate Degrees

-African American Studies -Art -Biology -Business (M.A.P.S. program) -Chemistry -Christianity -Communication and Theatre Arts -Computer Science -Economics -Education -Engineering -English -Environmental Science -French -German -History -Information Science and Technology -Journalism -Latin -Mathematics -Media Studies -Music -Music Education -Philosophy

-Physics -Political Science -Psychology -Sociology -Spanish -Theater -Women’s and Gender Studies

Graduate Degrees

-Business Administration (MBA) -Community Counseling -Engineering -Education -Family Service -Family Therapy -Nursing -Public Health -Technical Communications

Professional Degrees Law Medical

Mercer University Quick Facts Founded 1833

President

William D. Underwood

Enrollment Fall 2010

8072 Total 4531 Undergraduate 2005 Graduate 1536 Professional

Alumni 65,000

Overall Operating Budget $181.3 Million

Number of Faculty & Staff 1,350

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THIS IS Macon Macon, Georgia is the host of the annual International Cherry Blossom Festival, a 10-day event commemorating the beautiful Yoshino cherry trees that bring color to the Macon landscape each spring. Macon boasts more Yoshino cherry trees than even Washington, D.C. The annual festival features special performances and activities and draws thousands of people from literally all over the world. Through the revitalization of Macon’s historic downtown area, local business owners host events like Taste of Downtown, where downtown food vendors - from gourmet to down-home cooking - display their specialties and First Friday, where businesses unite to bring suburban residents into downtown for a night of fun, food and entertainment. The Georgia Music Hall of Fame is home to memorabilia and information on all the recording artists from Georgia, including R.E.M., the Black Crowes, James Brown, Otis Redding, Travis Tritt and many more.

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Macon, Ga. is also home to Mercer’s Law School. The Walter F. George School of Law, founded in 1873, is one of the oldest law schools in the country. Named for Walter F. George, a 1901 graduate of Mercer’s law school who went on to become a justice of the Georgia State Supreme Court and later a U.S. Senator, the law school has a rich and distinguished history.


acon... The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the state’s official sports museum, features exhibits, interactive fun areas and information about professional and amateur Georgia athletes, such as Hank Aaron and Bobby Jones. The Grand Opera House is a historic landmark theatre operated by Mercer University. It presents a wide variety of national touring Broadway shows, plays and concerts. Mercer University’s theatre and music departments also hold many of their productions in this beautiful theatre. From fine dining to fast food ... from elegant shops to outlet malls ... from classical to country music concerts, in Macon, Georgia, there is always some place to go and something to do.

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Georgia Sports hall of fame

Each spring Macon welcomes 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees the annual Cherry Blossom Fe days, festival-lovers are treate most extravagant displays of s in the nation.

Located in Macon, Georgia, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is the country’s largest state sports museum at 43,000 square feet. Created in 1956 as the Georgia Prep Sports Hall of Fame, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame has been in existence for more than 50 years. It was expanded in 1963 to encompass prep, college, amateur and professional sports. In 1999, it moved into a permanent new home in Macon. -Credit, Georgia Sports HOF 42


Georgia MUSIC hall of fame

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame, located in downtown Macon, Georgia, preserves and interprets the state’s rich musical heritage through programs of collection, exhibition, education and performance. The museum fosters an appreciation for Georgia music and stimulates economic growth through a variety of dynamic partnerships and initiatives statewide.

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facilities at Mercer UNIVERSITY CENTER M

ercer broke ground on the centerpiece of the Macon campus in the fall of 2001. The University Center has become one of the premier venues in the nation for college basketball and volleyball. The $40 million facility has become the focal point for almost all campus activities, providing students with an area for study, a food court, and a coffee shop. The “Street” is a tree-lined, sunlit indoor patio, providing students with an area to study, socialize, and dine on cuisine from the food court, including Chic Fil-A, Subway, Burger Studio, and Sushi Hot Bowls. Bear Rock Cafe is a coffee shop and internet café for students to use either with high-speed connections throughout the floor area with the wireless internet connections, or with Bear Rock’s computers. Students can also relax and watch either of two flat screen televisions, or relax outside on the Patio overlooking the Greek Village and campus.

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Both students and athletes have state of the art fitness facilities, with weight training equipment and cardiovascular theater, as well as a 1/8 mile indoor track. The track overlooks the lower level, which has three full-size basketball and volleyball courts for intramural and recreation use. Another distinguishing feature of the University Center is the 25-meter indoor swimming pool for use by both students and teams for lap swim and water strength and speed drills. Athletes have a separate weight room for use during team workouts with

The University Center houses all 15 of Mercer’s NCAA Division I athletics offices, training rooms and team rooms. Opened in 2004, it is a state-of-the-art facility that can hold up 3,200 spectators for basketball and volleyball.

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ercer all the latest free weight and weight machine technology. Athletes and trainers also have the use of a complete athletic training room, with the latest in injury treatment and prevention equipment. The University Center is also home for Mercer University Athletics, with offices for all the athletics administration and coaching staff. These offices allow potential student-athletes to see first hand the facility that will be their home base for their career at Mercer. The University Center, on top of all the other amenities, is the home for Mercer basketball and volleyball. There are two full courts, one designated as the practice court, and the main floor in the center of the arena in the University Center. The main court is surrounded by 3,200 seats for basketball and volleyball, but can be expanded for up to 4,080 with floor seating for concerts. Three skyboxes at mid-court provide a birds-eye view of the action on the floor. The main entrance into the Arena at the University Center is Mercer’s Heritage Hall. This is a collection recognizing some of Mercer’s most important alumni, faculty and staff. There are many different displays, including the Mercer Hall of Fame which honors the accomplishments of Mercerians through the years. Displays also include the history of Mercer Athletics and a History of Mercer itself.

Mercer’s comprehensive therapeutic setting provides medical coverage for all student-athletes. It is staffed by two full-time athletic trainers and five graduate assistants that are licensed and certified to practice.

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Another state-of-the-art addition to Mercer, the weight room is home to power lifting stations, abundant free weights and state-of-the art cardio equipment.

Each of Mercer’s team sports has a an up-to-date locker room in the University Center. The locker rooms have full shower facilities.

Attached to each locker room is a player lounge, complete with a big-screen TV, sound system and comfortable seating.

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The indoor pool at the University Center is a collegiate size lap pool that is utilized for aqua-therapy for rehabilitation of student-athletes.

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WILLIAM D. UNDERWOOD

President Underwood has led Mercer during a period of dynamic growth and development for the University. Since his arrival as Mercer’s 18th President in 2006, enrollment has increased by 18 percent to more than 8,200 students. Mercer has launched a second medical school campus (in Savannah), initiated a master’slevel physician assistant program and a doctoral-level program in physical therapy and added Ph.D. programs in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, and Nursing.

James L. Knight Foundation to support continued revitalization of the College Hill Corridor between campus and downtown Macon. The groundbreaking Mercer On Mission program, launched in 2007, has been recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative as “an exemplary approach to addressing a specific global challenge.” Mercer earned the highest federal recognition for community engagement by the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2009, and in 2008 became the only university in Georgia to receive the Carnegie Foundation’s designation for “Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships.”

Reflecting an increased emphasis on research, Mercer in 2009-10 met the criteria established by the Carnegie Foundation for reclassification as a research-doctoral university. Over the past three years, the number of Ph.D. students has increased from fewer than 25 to approximately 200, while the amount of externally funded research expenditures has grown to nearly $25 million. In addition to increased levels of funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, Mercer scientists have for the first time been funded as eminent cancer scientists by the Georgia Cancer Coalition, while other Mercer scientists are now receiving funding to support their research through the Georgia Research Alliance.

Prior to joining Mercer, President Underwood served at Baylor University as Interim President and held the prestigious Leon Jaworski Chair at the Baylor School of Law. President Underwood is an accomplished educator and scholar. He was designated a Master Teacher at Baylor in recognition of extraordinary classroom teaching over an extended period. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation.

The University has intensified its longstanding commitment to service-learning and community engagement under President Underwood’s leadership. During the spring of 2009, Mercer announced a $5 million grant from the John S. and

President Underwood was awarded the J.D. degree summa cum laude by the University of Illinois College of Law in 1985, where he graduated as class salutatorian and was an editor of the University of Illinois Law Review. Following graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Sam D. Johnson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, prior to practicing law for several years with a large law firm in Dallas. He also holds an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, where he met his spouse, Lesli. They have two children, Jessica and William.

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DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS JIM COLE

Jim Cole assumed the duties of Director of Athletics for Mercer University on July 1, 2010. Prior to that, he served as MU’s Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs, heading up the Mercer Athletics Foundation (the fund-raising arm for Bears’ athletics) concurrent with his time as a State Representative in Georgia.

important areas of the budget that deal with agriculture, community affairs, economic development and transportation). In addition, Cole served on the Rules, Judiciary Non-Civil and State Planning and Community Affairs Committees.

A native of Augusta, Cole entered Mercer on an academic scholarship in 1990 and lettered in baseball from 1990 to 1993. He was recipient of the Charles C. Morgan Outstanding Student-Athlete Award and graduated with honors from the University in 1993.

Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Cole to serve as senior administration floor leader in early 2009, having served formerly as assistant floor leader from 2007-2008.

Cole was drafted as a pitcher by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1993 and was named the franchise’s “Organizational Player of the Year” and a finalist for the TOPPS Minor League “Player of the Year Award” in 1994.

Cole is an active community leader throughout the state. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Leadership Georgia, he is a member of Forsyth United Methodist Church.

After an injury ended his professional baseball career, he returned to Mercer in 1997 to earn his MBA while serving as a graduate assistant and pitching coach for the baseball team. In 1998 he served as pitching coach for the Madison Black Wolves minor league team in Madison, Wis. Cole then entered private business before being elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2004 (and serving in that capacity until 2010).

Cole is married to the former Gaylyn Lawson of Forsyth, where they live with their two children, Caroline and Lawson.

Cole served as the legislative voice under the Gold Dome for the constituents of House District 125 - which includes Jasper County and parts of Monroe, Jones and Lamar Counties. His legislative duties included membership on the Appropriations Economic Development Sub-Committee (to oversees

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STAFF & COACHES

Sybil Blalock Sr. Assoc. A.D./ Senior Women Admin.

Karen Donaldson Assistant A.D. Compliance

Rob Murphy Assistant A.D. Sports Medicine

Dr. Jeffrey Hugdahl Faculty Athletics Representative

Myra Cameron Athletics Coordinator

Jim Tessmer Operations Manager

Paul Bohr Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Dave Beyer Athletics Media Relations/SID

Andy Stabell Assistant Sports Information Director

Jarrad Turner Marketing & Promotions

Penny Davis Spirit Coordinator

Tim Pietrofere Pep Band Director

Nicky Bruno Cheerleading Coach

Erica Sullivan Staff Assistant

Craig Gibson Head Coach Baseball

Bob Hoffman Head Coach Men’s Basketball

Susie Gardner Head Coach Women’s Basketball

Ryan Bailey Head Coach Cross Country (M & W)

Andrew Tredway Head Coach Men’s Golf

Gary Guyer Head Coach Women’s Golf

Jason Childs Head Coach Men’s Lacrosse

Mickey Pearce Head Coach Rifle (M & W)

Brad Ruzzo Head Coach Men’s Soccer

Grant Serafy Head Coach Women’s Soccer

Mike Raynor Head Coach Softball

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STAFF & COACHES / MERCER ATHLETIC FOUNDATION

Warren Woolfolk Head Coach Tennis (M & W)

Noelle Rooke Head Coach Volleyball

Jason Farhadi Graduate Assistant Sports Information

Michael Ellis Graduate Assistant Academics

Kevin Cavooris Graduate Assistant Compliance

Amanda Brown Graduate Assistant Compliance

Jeff Graham Graduate Assistant Sports Information

Adam Bailey Graduate Assistant Marketing & Promotions

The Mercer Athletics Foundation was created in 2007 as the fundraising arm for Mercer University Athletics. Members of the Foundation annually set goals to raise funds which have been used to undertake such projects as hiring a full-time strength and conditioning coach, enhancing recruiting budgets, providing additional scholarships and to help increase salaries to attract and retain outstanding coaches. The MAF has many ways by which individuals and businesses alike can become involved and help keep the Bears’ athletics program at the forefront. A Message from the Athletic Foundation President “As a former student-athlete and now as a Mercer alumna, I am excited about the future of the Mercer Athletics program. We are bringing to our campus some of the brightest and most talented student-athletes in the country. “As you can see, Mercer has had outstanding recent success, both in competition and in the classroom. In order to provide student-athletes with the best possible resources for maximum success in the future, we need your help. “Would you consider joining the Athletics Foundation today and encourage our studentathletes with your financial support and attendance when the Bears compete on the playing fields and courts?” --Diane Owens

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Rob Murphy

The Mission of the Sports Medicine Department is to provide quality comprehensive healthcare to student-athletes. The health and well-being of student-athletes is the number one priority. Student-athletes have access to therapeutic services such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, hydrotherapy, rehabilitation, nutritional counseling and preventative physical medicine.

Assistant Athletics Director /Director of Sports Medicine Men’s Basketball

The Mercer Sports Medicine department utilizes a state-of-the-art athletic training facility in the university center. The athletic training room consists of a treatment, taping and rehabilitation area. The rehabilitation area is equipped with a treadmill, exercise bikes in addition to a variety of weights, resistance bands, medicine balls, and other rehabilitation equipment which can be used to facilitate injury rehabilitations. The athletic training area also has an enclosed hydrotherapy room with an eightperson cold whirlpool and smaller extremity whirlpools. There are also offices for the staff and a physician exam room. The athletic training room also has easy access to the weight room and the University Center pool. The facility is staffed by two full-time certified athletic trainers and six graduate assistant certified athletic trainers, a family practice physician and an orthopedic surgeon. The staff works with other group of health-care providers to bring a comprehensive care to the student-athletes and acts as a liaison with nutritionists, dentist, cardiologists, and many other specialists.

Assistants Laura Nelsen -Baseball -Cross Country

Shawn Wolf -Softball -Women’s Basketball

Jesse Kolodziejski -Women’s Soccer -Men’s Golf

Hannah Smith -Volleyball -Tennis

Sean Robb -Men’s Soccer -Women’s Golf

Tyler Fredlund -Lacrosse -Rifle

Strength and Conditioning

The strength and conditioning program at Mercer has three primary goals. These goals are to maximize athleticism, minimize injuries and increase mental/physical toughness. The way this is accomplished is by primarily utilizing ground based, multi-joint, triple extension, explosive exercises. Athletes will perform exercises of all types but focus is put on three main exercise styles: Olympic lifting, power lifting and plyometrics. The goal is to try and replicate the movements, velocities and forces that are experienced during competition of the athlete's sport. Served by a professional full-time strength and conditioning coach as well as an assistant coach, Mercer Athletics provides a full range of weight training and exercise equipment to assist Mercer’s approximately 226 student-athletes in reaching their athletic potential through strength training and conditioning. Easily accessible from anywhere in the University Center, the equipment includes the following: • three top of the line power lift full racks • over 3,000 pounds of plates • a line of variable resistant machines • three sets of Iron Grip dumbbells • five free standing adjustable benches

Paul Bohr Strength and Conditioning Coach

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ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE BUILDING Continuing a tradition of academic achievement, a record 60 percent of all student-athletes earned All-Academic status during the 2009-10 academic year. Lipscomb edged out Belmont, the seven-time winner of the All-Academic Trophy, to win its first such trophy with close to 72 percent of its the student-athletes achieving All-Academic status with grade point averages of a 3.00, or better. Several Bisons teams received national recognition for their success in the classroom. Both the men’s and women’s track & field teams posted team GPAs among the top five in the nation - the only school in the country to boast that distinction. Jacksonville’s women’s track team received their ninth straight USTFCCCA All-Academic honor. Lipscomb’s women’s basketball team posted the ninth best GPA in the country and the conference champion volleyball team led five A-Sun schools in receiving an AVCA Team Academic Award. The Stetson men’s tennis team led the nation with nine student-athletes earning the honor of Scholar Athlete from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. A total of five A-Sun schools and 24 student-athletes received recogntion from the ITA. Stetson and Belmont joined only 16 other Division I schools considered an All-Academic squad in both men’s and women’s tennis. For the first time the NCAA released single-year APR for Division I head coaches in six sports dating back to 2003-04, the beginning of the program. All 11 A-Sun schools produced a coach who had a year of a perfect score of 1000 and the league produced a total of 25 seasons with scores of 1000. Seven of the conference’s men’s and women’s basketball recorded at least one score of 1000 and five teams had a score of 1000 in 2008-09, the most recent year recorded by the NCAA. WINNERS Four A-Sun teams received Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association All-Sports Trophies in recognition of their performances in NCAA postseason play. Lipscomb’s softball team, ETSU’s men’s tennis squad plus UNF’s men’s golf team and women’s tennis carried the conference to the third-highest total by any one conference. Golf continued to boom in the conference as three league members on the women’s side advanced to NCAA play for the first time in conference play. Women’s golf became the first sport in the conference to produce three NCAA participants since baseball in 2003. At the NCAA Regionals, ETSU’s Nina Muehl opened with an 8-under 64, the single lowest round carded in all of Division I golf and became just the second golfer from the A-Sun to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships The Ospreys’ men’s golf team spent the year ranked among the top programs in the country alongside ETSU. Both advanced to NCAA postseason play and the Ospreys made the nationals for the first time as a conference member. Sophomore Sean Dale earned AllAmerica honors and qualified for the US Amateur, as did his teammates Kevin Alywin and Kevin Phelan. Phelan opened his summer by qualifying for the US Open at Pebble Beach. ETSU’s Rhys Enoch tied for the individual title at the NCAA East Regional and his play carried into summer as he made his second Palmer Cup team and advanced all the way to the quarterfinals of the British Amateur. Individual performances stood out on the diamond as FGCU’s Chris Sale became a consensus All-America en route to becoming the conference’s fourth first-round pick in the last two years. ETSU’s Paul Hoilman contended for the national triple crown and burst onto the national scene by winning the first-ever home run derby competition - contested at historic Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb. Mercer’s Jacob Tanis finished one RBI shy of the national lead in pacing the Bears back to the top of the A-Sun for the first time in more than 25 years. In softball, two hurlers established themselves among the best in the nation. Lipscomb’s Whitney Kiihnl and USC Upstate’s Morgan Childers each topped the 30-win mark - a first for the conference. The two traded the national lead in ERA throughout the season and when the year came to a close, Kiihnl finished with the best mark in the nation with Childers taking a close second. Kiihnl and Childers ranked second and third in the country in fewest hits allowed per seven innings. For the first time in league history, the conference’s last remaining charter member, Mercer, hosted the General Shale Brick Basketball Championships. The hosts advanced to the final of the men’s event setting up a standing-room-only event at the University Center against ETSU. In the end the Buccaneers won back-to-back titles. Jacksonville advanced to the NIT for the straight second year and provided the league’s first win in the event since 1996 when Ben Smith connected on a game-winning 3-pointer in the final seconds to stun top-seeded Arizona State.

THIS IS THE ATLANTIC SUN

For more than 30 years the Atlantic Sun Conference has stood for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas with a focus on the balance between the two for its studentathletes. The A-Sun boasts a blend of the most dynamic and prestigious private and public institutions in the region, with all committed to the conference goal of Building Winners for Life.

On the women’s side ETSU became the third A-Sun school to win three straight titles, FGCU advanced to the WNIT for a third consecutive year and USC Upstate registered its first 20-win season as a Division I program. FOR LIFE Alums from the Atlantic Sun, both recent and historic continued to excel at the highest levels. Within the span of three days, FGCU produced its first two major league baseball players. Two pitchers of the Eagles’ 2008 A-Sun Championship squad, Casey Coleman and Sale, took their talents to Chicago as Coleman broke in with the Cubs and Sale soared through the White Sox system after spending less than two months in the minors. In late June, former Stetson All-American Chris Johnson returned to the Astros lineup and hit over .380 his first two months as a regular.

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MERCER KEY CONTACTS

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Athletics Administration Jim Cole Director of Athletics Sybil Blalock Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Academic Affairs/SWA Rob Murphy Assistant Director of Athletics/Sports Medicine Karen Donaldson Assistant Director of Athletics/ Compliance Myra Cameron Athletics Coordinator/Administrative Eligibility Coordinator Erica Sullivan Staff Assistant Academic Affairs Sybil Blalock Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Academic Affairs/SWA Compliance Karen Donaldson Assistant A.D./ Compliance Sports Medicine Rob Murphy Assistant Director of Athletics/Sports Medicine Strength & Conditioning Paul Bohr Strength & Conditioning Coach Spirit Penny Davis Spirit Coordinator Event Management Jim Tessmer Event Coordinator Marketing & Promotions Jarrad Turner Athletics Marketing Coordinator Athletics Media Relations/Sports Information Dave Beyer Sports Information Director Andy Stabell Assistant Sports Information Director Baseball Craig Gibson Head Coach Men's Basketball Bob Hoffman Head Coach Women's Basketball Susie Gardner Head Coach Cross Country (M & W) Ryan Bailey Head Coach Men's Golf Andrew Tredway Head Coach Women's Golf Gary Guyer Head Coach Men's Lacrosse Jason Childs Head Coach Rifle (M & W) Mickey Pearce Head Coach Men's Soccer Brad Ruzzo Head Coach Women's Soccer Grant Serafy Head Coach Softball Mike Raynor Head Coach Tennis (M & W) Warren Woolfolk Head Coach Women's Volleyball/Sand Volleyball Noelle Rooke Head Coach Other Key Campus Numbers

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(478) 301-2994 (478) 301-2301 (478) 301-2453 (478) 301-2729 (478) 301-2733 (478) 301-4130

cole_jm@mercer.edu blalock_sa@mercer.edu murphy_r@mercer.edu donaldson_ke@mercer.edu cameron_m@mercer.edu sullivan_el@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2301

blalock_sa@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2729

donaldson_ke@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2453

murphy_r@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2047

bohr_pr@mercer.edu

(478) 301-5217

davis_pp@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2369

tessmer_ji@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2702

turner_jw@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2735 (478) 301-5219

beyer_wd@mercer.edu stabell_al@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2396

gibson_c@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2736

hoffman_jb@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2739

gardner_sl@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2144

bailey_r@mercer.edu

(478) 301-5349

tredway_aj@mercer.edu

(478) 301-5625

guyer_gl@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2731

childs_jl@mercer.edu

(478) 808-4976

sullivan_el@mercer.edu

(478) 301-4011

ruzzo_bm@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2060

serafy_gw@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2263

raynor_ms@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2269

woolfolk_cw@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2268

rooke_ns@mercer.edu

(478) 301-2970 (478) 301-2911 (478) 301-2650 (478) 301-1500


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Godsey Administration Building Knight Hall Willingham Hall Newton Hall President’s Home McCorkle Music Building Hardman Fine Arts Building Ryals Hall Langdale Hall Roberts Hall Groover Hall Ware Hall Wiggs Hall Computer Science Building Connell Student Center Penfield Hall (Bookstore) University Commons Mercer Hall Shorter Hall Soccer Field Sherwood Hall Jesse Mercer Plaza Sikes Softball Field Mercer Police University Center Stetson Building Tarver Library Willett Science Center Environmental Science Building Peddy Tennis Center Intramural Field Batting Cages Claude Smith Baseball Field Science & Engineering Building Engineering School Medical School Patterson Building Religious Life Center Plunkett Hall Plunkett Pool Admissions Welcome House Mary Erin Porter Hall Dowell Hall Linden House Boone Hall W.G. Lee Alumni House Tift College Alumnae House Corporate Services Benefits/Payroll Human Resources/CTA Physical Plant/Central Receiving Auxiliary Services Building Technology Support Services Mercer Village Georgia Public Broadcasting Educational Opportunity Center Lambda Chi Alpha ΛΧΑ Alpha Phi Alpha ΑΦΑ Kappa Sigma ΚΣ Alpha Gamma Delta ΑΓΔ Alpha Tau Omega ΑΤΩ Zeta Phi Beta ΖΦΒ Panhellenic House Sigma Alpha Epsilon ΣΑΕ Delta Sigma Theta ΔΣΘ Alpha Delta Pi ΑΔΠ Kappa Alpha ΚΑ Phi Delta Theta ΦΔΘ Phi Mu ΦΜ Sigma Nu ΣΝ IFC House Pi Kappa Phi ΠΚΦ Kappa Alpha Psi ΚΑΨ Chi Omega ΧΩ Mercer Garden One Mercer Garden Two Mercer Garden Three 1974 Winship 1810 Winship Macon Townhouse One 1884 Winship 1892 Winship 1934 Winship 1962 Winship 1975 Adams 1923 Adams Macon Townhouse Three 1821 Adams Macon Townhouse Two 1711 Adams

1711 Adams ................................................. 89 1810 Winship............................................... 78 1821 Adams ................................................. 87 1884 Winship............................................... 80 1892 Winship............................................... 81 1923 Adams ................................................. 85 1934 Winship............................................... 82 1962 Winship............................................... 83 1974 Winship............................................... 77 1975 Adams ................................................. 84 Admissions Welcome House ................. 40 Alpha Delta Pi ΑΔΠ ................................... 65 Alpha Gamma Delta ΑΓΔ ........................ 59 Alpha Phi Alpha ΑΦΑ ............................... 57 Alpha Tau Omega ΑΤΩ............................. 60 Auxiliary Services Building ..................... 51 Batting Cages .............................................. 31 Benefits/Payroll .......................................... 48 Boone Hall .................................................... 44 Chi Omega ΧΩ ............................................ 73 Claude Smith Baseball Field .................. 32 Computer Science Building ................... 14 Connell Student Center........................... 15 Corporate Services .................................... 47 Delta Sigma Theta ΔΣΘ ........................... 64 Dowell Hall ................................................... 42 Educational Opportunity Center ......... 55 Engineering School .................................. 34 Environmental Science Building .......... 28 Godsey Administration Building.......... 1 Groover Hall................................................. 11 Hardman Fine Arts Building .................. 7 Human Resources/CTA ............................ 49 IFC House ..................................................... 70 Intramural Field .......................................... 30 Jesse Mercer Plaza..................................... 21 Kappa Alpha ΚΑ ......................................... 66 Kappa Alpha Psi ΚΑΨ ............................... 72 Kappa Sigma ΚΣ ......................................... 58 Knight Hall ................................................... 2 Lambda Chi Alpha ΛΧΑ ........................... 56 Langdale Hall .............................................. 9 Linden House .............................................. 43 Macon Townhouse One .......................... 79 Macon Townhouse Three........................ 86 Macon Townhouse Two........................... 88 Mary Erin Porter Hall ................................ 41 McCorkle Music Building ........................ 6 Medical School ........................................... 35 Mercer Garden One .................................. 74 Mercer Garden Three ............................... 76 Mercer Garden Two................................... 75 Mercer Hall ................................................... 17 Mercer Police............................................... 23 Mercer Village ............................................. 53 Georgia Public Broadcasting ................. 54 Newton Hall ................................................. 4 Panhellenic House..................................... 62 Patterson Building..................................... 36 Peddy Tennis Center ................................. 29 Penfield Hall (Bookstore) ........................ 16 Phi Delta Theta ΦΔΘ................................. 67 Phi Mu ΦΜ ................................................... 68 Physical Plant/Central Receiving ......... 50 Pi Kappa Phi ΠΚΦ....................................... 71 Plunkett Hall ................................................ 38 Plunkett Pool ............................................... 39 President’s Home ....................................... 5 Religious Life Center................................. 37 Roberts Hall ................................................. 10 Ryals Hall ...................................................... 8 Science & Engineering Building ........... 33 Sherwood Hall ............................................ 20 Shorter Hall .................................................. 18 Sigma Alpha Epsilon ΣΑΕ ....................... 63 Sigma Nu ΣΝ ............................................... 69 Sikes Softball Field .................................... 22 Soccer Field.................................................. 19 Stetson Building......................................... 25 Tarver Library .............................................. 26 Technology Support Services ............... 52 Tift College Alumnae House .................. 46 University Center ....................................... 24 University Commons................................ 16A W.G. Lee Alumni House ........................... 45 Ware Hall....................................................... 12 Wiggs Hall .................................................... 13 Willett Science Center.............................. 27 Willingham Hall .......................................... 3 Zeta Phi Beta ΖΦΒ ..................................... 61

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