Classes are officially out for the spring semester at Georgia State, and for some Georgia State athlete’s their sports season has come to an end as well.
Gilbert .1 of a second too slow
The Panthers’ senior track star Ravin Gilbert came just .1 seconds from advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Semifinals 200m. The top 24 competitors are eligible to advance to the semifinals of the tournament and Gilbert finished at No. 27 for the race. Gilbert clocked in at 23.71, while the the No. 24 finalist clocked in at 23.6.
Even though Gilbert’s final season didn’t end with a NCAA trophy, you can’t ignore how much she has accomplished this season at Georgia State. In her final Indoor track season, Gilbert set the school record for the 200m with a time of 24.06 and had the fastest times on the team for the 55m, 60m and 200m meets this season. Gilbert won the Sun Belt Most Outstanding Track Performer after producing a league-best 24 points at the Championship Meet. At the Sun Belt Championship Meet, she won the 100m (11.48), 200m (23.5) and the 4×100 (44.92).
All good things must come to an end, and the Panthers have just lost one of their best athletes with Gilbert graduating.
Hood and Roach honored after baseball season
The Panthers Baseball team finished their injury plagued season with a 5-1 loss to Georgia Southern. The Panthers finished the season at 24-31 overall, 10-20 in Sun Belt play.
The Panthers suffered numerous injuries over the season such as senior catcher Joey Roach, pitcher Cole Uvila, left fielder and leadoff hitter Jaylen Woullard and second baseman Will Kilgore as well.
Even though the Panthers did not reach the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, some players still had a standout season. Catcher Roach and third baseman Jarrett Hood were named to the All-Sun Belt Conference Baseball second team. Roach earned All-Sun Belt recognition for the third straight year becoming just the second three-time-all-conference selection in Georgia State history. First was pitcher Rodney Dickinson in the years 1996-98. Hood made the Sun Belt honors in just his first year with the program, and led the Panthers with a .338 batting average (sixth in the league) and had a Sun Belt-leading 20 doubles.
In addition the Panthers baseball team will be completely gutted next season as they will lose 8 players due to graduation: outfielder James Clements, catcher Roah, pitcher Garrett Ford, outfielder Cam Sperry, pitcher Wayne Wages, pitcher Clayton Payne, pitcher Marc-Andre Habeck and pitcher Uvila.