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Danielle Buford helped Georgetown College women's track and field team set the tone early in Williamsburg, KY Saturday. The junior from Louisville won the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash in school and personal record times as the Tigers went on to finish third out of 15 teams.
"It was an awesome day for us as a team and Danielle was a huge part of that," said GC coach Betsy Laski. "We got to see a couple of our conference opponents and were only behind (University of the) Cumberlands."
The host Patriots finished second with 125 points, while Centre College won with 144. Buford's 20 points were huge as Georgetown finished with 85.50.
Buford ran the 100 in 12 seconds and 71 hundredths. Her old record was 12.9. She ran a 25.48 in the 200-meter and her previous best was 26.37.
Buford anchored the 4x100-meter relay and ran the second leg of the 4x400 team. The 4x100 of Mercedes Hartman, Elena Bertuccio, Kelsey Gregory and Buford finished in 52.32 for third. It was Finnja Ramcke, Buford, Hartman and Gregory finishing fourth in 4:16.24 in the other race. Both teams garnered points.
The 4x800-meter relay of Rachel Ditto, Mary Jefferson, Caitlyn Kogge and Elisha Overpeck scored some points finishing second in a school record time of 10:19.95. Shawna Parson cleared 8-feet in the pole vault to take second in the event for Georgetown.
The men continued to have a solid season with three more school records set. Grant Curran ran a 1:57.68 in the 800-meter run, finishing fourth. Brandon Pulliam was sixth in a record-setting time of 4:05.58 in the 1,500-meter run. His previous record was 4:06.00. Zachary Virgin also bested his pole vault mark by clearing 4.17 meters. His old record stood at 4.11.
The men finished seventh out of the 14 teams there, scoring 34 points on the day.