Georgetown College had up and down times this past weekend at the Mid-South Conference Meet, but in the end challenged itself and set several new Tiger records.
"It's the way it goes sometimes," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "You will have off days and meets. However, I was really pleased overall to see us make improvements in a couple of areas. You want to win the conference meet for bragging rights, but we still have two more big meets that could determine our placing some athletes at the national meet. That is what matters."
Tayler Godar crushed her own record in the 1500 meter run. The freshman ran a fourth place time of four minutes, 48 seconds and 44 hundredths. Her previous best and school record was 4:55.50. She also came close to Britney Chesser's 2009 record in the 5000 meter race. Godar finished in a time of 18:31.16 and the mark is 18:28.09.
"She had a great day," McDaniel said. "She really pushed herself, and she's getting better every meet."
The 4x800 meter relay of Marissa Hale, Kelsey Gregory, Kristen Just and Godar crushed the previous mark of 10:19.95.The young ladies finished in 10:12.46 for fourth.
DaVon Pitts was the lone male athlete to set a record. His 22.09 time in the 200 meter dash broke J.D. Ponciani's 22.52 set in 2006.
The women finished seventh overall with 73 points and the men were also seventh with 45.5.
Keith Arutoff brought home a special award to Georgetown College. The senior received the Champions of Character award for the men as voted on by the conference athletic directors based on his academic and athletic achievement, campus and community leadership, future ambition and a demonstration of the five core character values of the NAIA.
His teammates Peyton Anderson, Austin Crawley, Sam Heaton, James Lacy, Joel Reihmer, Kyle Wiedemer and Brennan M. Carrithers earned MSC All-Academic honors for being a sophomore or higher with a 3.25 or better grade point average.
On the women's side, Elena Bertuccio, Rachel Ditto, Hale, Shawna Parson and Emily Steck received MSC All-Academic.
Georgetown returns to the track this weekend in Indianapolis for the Hayes Invitational and will wrap up the season at the Cardinal Twilight Classic in Louisville.