Track & Field - Mon, Mar. 26, 2012
Georgetown College men's and women's track team were fast
out of the blocks this season. The Tiger teams opened at the Berea Invitational
with Top 3 finishes.
The women brought home the top prize, scoring 229.50
points. The next closest was host Berea with 138.50. Lindsey Wilson was third
with 115. St. Catharine was the only other Mid-South Conference team at the
meet and finished fourth with 69 points.
The men finished third (145) behind Berea (260) and LWC
(156). SCC came in fifth with 33.50 points.
"For our first meet of the year, I am really pleased,"
said GC women's coach Betsy Laski. "We set three school records and brought
home overall champion. We have to build from here."
Marissa Hale won the 3,000-meter steeplechase, setting a
new GC record in the process. The sophomore ran a 12:33.40, besting teammate
Finnja Ramcke's 12:43.26 from a season ago.
"Finnja ran it for us last year, it was her first time
ever running the event and did a great job," Laski said. "Marissa has been
doing it this season, and she won by almost a minute, which is amazing because
it shows how she was really self-motivating and pushing herself in the race."
Jalie Adams broke her own hammer throw record with a toss
of 24.26 meters. Her previous best was 24.23.
Ramcke, Danielle Buford, Caitlyn Kogge and Kelsey Gregory
set a record in the 4x400 meter relay, finishing second in 4:25.20. Berea was
first in 4:24.70.
GC also took first place finishes in the 4x800 meter
relay (Elisha Overpeck, Rachel Ditto, Mary Jefferson and Ramcke), 5,000 meter
run (Overpeck), 1,500 meter run (Overpeck), 200 meter dash (Buford), high jump
(Jasmine Brissett) and triple jump (Bea Cameron).
Laski saw her cross country team flex its muscle in the
distance races for the track team. Overpeck won several events, but GC
dominated the 1,500 meter run in general as Jefferson and Ditto finished second
and third in the event for the Tigers.
"We was a great day overall for Georgetown," Laski said. "Competition
is only going to get tougher as we head to more meets this year, but it is
always great to have a start like this."
On the men's side the 4x100 meter relay team of DeVon and
DeAndre Pitts, Chaz Morton and Anthony Sandoval won by more than a second in a
time of 43.90 - just .13 behind the school record set in 2010.
Some other wins were: 800 meter run (Grant Curran), high
jump (Alex Connelly) and long jump (Austin Crawley).
"We had a good day," said men's coach Todd McDaniel. "Our
field events went really well. We had a lot of solid finishes, in the top four,
in the track events. I think as the season goes on we will only get better and
this was a good jumping off point for us."
Both teams are back in action this weekend at Hanover
College in Indiana.