Georgetown College men finished just a fraction of a point from fourth and were within four points of third at the Mid-South Conference Championships this past weekend.
It was a huge leap forward for the men, finishing seventh a year ago and only tallying 45.5 points against the league foes. This year the Tigers tallied 122.5 points just behind Shawnee State University's fourth place finish of 123 and University of Rio Grande edged them out by 3.5 points for third.
"We competed well today and had opportunities," said GC Todd McDaniel. "This program is getting stronger, and I couldn't be more proud of the accomplishment today."
Georgetown scored a lot of points in the sprint portion the day. Brandon Turman, third, and Branden Burdette, fifth, put some points on the board in the 100-meter dash.
Tyler Gist was seventh in the 200-meter dash.
Three Tigers scored in the 400-meter dash as DaVon Pitts finished second just .28 back of Lindsey Wilson's Ross Carmetrick. Micah Crawford finished fifth and Cain Denzel was seventh.
It was Gist, Burdette, Bobby Chan-Chan and Turman teaming up in the 4x100-meter relay for a second place finish in 42.39.
Logan Crockett, Pitts, Cain and Crawford were second in the 4x400-meter relay.
Crockett also continued to excel in hurdles, finishing second in the 110-meter event and he won the 400-meter hurdles.
Mark Scout also scored in the 110-meter hurdles, taking fourth.
In the distance events, Jacob Hanser finished eighth in the 5,000-meter run and 3,000 steeplechase.
Nickolas Slucher, Jawan Smith, Joe Durbin and Joseph Richey were sixth in the 4x800-meter relay.
Georgetown scored a bundle of points in the field events.
Filipp Burnashov tallied 10 points with his first place finish in the high jump. Chris Hall also put up a point in eighth.
Kyle Wiedemer, second; Hall, fourth; and Joel Reihmer, sixth; scored well in the pole vault competition.
Burdette finished fifth in the long jump and Scout finished seventh in the triple jump.
Matthew Nash continued his great season in javelin throw with a second place finish, while Christian Williams helped with a fourth place finish.
Wiedermer rounded out the scoring with a solid day in the decathlon for a third place finish.
The Tigers have two meets left to work on qualifying standards, trying to make it to nationals. They start this next weekend with the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.