0

Four-time honoree Berkhedle leads Four-time honoree Berkhedle leads class of three PBC Athletes of the Week for Lakers; Geathers and Jowers honored as well

From staff reports

Another week - another Peach Belt Conference honor for Clayton State's Walid Berkhedle.

The Peach Belt Conference released their weekly honors for cross country on Tuesday, and for the fourth straight week, Berkhedle was selected as the PBC's Male Runner of the Week following a strong performance at the Brooks Memphis Twilight on Saturday.

Running in a loaded field ranging from NCAA Division I to NAIA runners, Berkhedle placed 28th overall out of a field of 341 with a time of 25:32 in the 8K event. It was the fourth-fastest time ever for a Clayton State runner in an 8K event, and Berkhedle shattered the Laker freshman 8K record which was previously held by his older brother Adil Berkhedle.

Berkhedle was third-highest Division II finisher in the meet, and the top runner from the Peach Belt in the meet.

Berkhedle will no doubt be the runner to beat in the Peach Belt Conference Championships on Oct. 20 in Augusta.

*****

Clayton State's Jowers selected Peach Belt Conference women's soccer Defensive Player of the Week: The Peach Belt Conference released its weekly honors for women's soccer on Tuesday, and Clayton State's Whitney Jowers was selected as the PBC Defensive Player of the Week. It marks the first weekly PBC honor for Jowers, a 5-foot-8 junior goalkeeper from Rabun Gap, Ga.

Jowers went unscored upon in 122 minutes of action last week. She played a scoreless second half last Monday (Oct. 1) in the Lakers' 4-1 victory over Shorter. Jowers followed that up by recording a shutout with four saves in Clayton State's 2-0 victory over North Georgia on Saturday.

For the season, Jowers has recorded three shutouts to rank fourth in the Peach Belt, along with 40 saves and a 1.36 goals-against average.

Clayton State (7-3-1) returns to action on Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest at Georgia Southwestern.

*****

Lakers' Geathers selected Peach Belt Conference men's soccer Offensive Player of the Week: The Peach Belt Conference released its weekly honors for men's soccer on Tuesday, and Clayton State's Jamal Geathers was selected as the PBC Offensive Player of the Week. It marks the first weekly PBC honor for Geathers, a 5-foot-10, 164-pound freshman forward from Aiken, S.C.

Geathers scored two goals and dished out an assist in two Clayton State victories last week. He scored a goal in the Lakers' 2-0 shutout victory over 10th-ranked Emory on Wednesday. Geathers followed that with a goal and an assist in Clayton State's 2-0 victory over North Georgia on Saturday.

With his efforts, Geathers moved into the lead in the Peach Belt Conference in both goals scored (12) and points scored (27).

Clayton State (8-3-1) returns to action on Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. contest at Georgia Southwestern.