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Keith Arutoff chiseled out a new meet record at the Mid-South Conference Championship this past weekend, defending his own title and making sure Georgetown College is the only place to win the male hammer throw since it became an event in 2010.
The two-time winner eradicated the meet standard he set a season ago with a 45.53 toss, setting a new GC record as well. His 2011 conference throw was 40.81. Earlier this season he threw a 41.16 at the meet in Hanover, IN.
Obliterating a record is not uncommon for the junior. He was throwing 41.45 during his sophomore season in discus, but the second meet this year he threw a 45.49.
"I have these plateaus that I reach, and I feel that is the farthest I will be able to throw it, then out of nowhere I will just completely demolish that mark," Arutoff said.
The burst in distance came in his final throw as he was sitting in fourth place.
"I get into the ring, and coming to terms with that I am probably not going to win but at least I did have a new personal record," Arutoff said. "Even when I let it go, I was thinking okay maybe that's 43 feet, still not good enough to win but a better standard for me. Then the official calls out 45.49, and I was so excited."
Arutoff is back-to-back hammer champion, but his roommate was the first-ever MSC hammer champions back in 2010. Nick Kelly won the event with a 35.21 mark.
"It's nice to keep the gold medals staying in Georgetown," Arutoff said.
Georgetown as a whole, men and women, had a solid showing at the track and field championships in Rome, GA. Both teams finished seventh overall, but had a lot of athletes making the finals and pushing themselves to new heights.
The men's 4x100 relay (DaVon Pitts, DeAndre Pitts, Chaz Morton, Anthony Sandoval) finished third in 42.95. Alex Connelly cleared 1.93 for a second in the high jump. Zach Virgin cleared 3.65 for second in pole vault. Arutoff was fourth in discus with a 41.93. Kyle Wiedemer finished eighth in the decathlon, but his 4,659 points is over the 4,600 national qualifying standard. This means depending on how many others hit that standard, Wiedemer may be going to nationals.
"It was really good to see him get that. You never know what kind of a year it is and how many will make that," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "We also have two more regular season meets left for him and many of our other men and women to try and hit standards to compete at nationals."
"It was great to see Finnja hit that 16 second mark again," said GC coach Betsy Laski. "She broke into the 16s the previous meet with a new record of 16.95. To see her not only do it again, but lower it just a week later, that's great."
The junior also set a record with a fifth place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:07.83. Earlier this season she ran a 1:08.11.
Marissa Hale was fourth in the 3,000 steeplechase in 12:08.51, a new record by almost 25 seconds (12:33.40). The women's 4x100 relay (Mercedes Hartman, Elena Bertuccio, Kelsey Gregory and Danielle Buford) finished fifth in 51.60. The 4x800 relay (Mary Jefferson, Rachel Ditto, Caitlyn Kogge and Hale) finished fifth in 10:08.40, more than 11 seconds better than a record set earlier this season.
Shawna Parson cleared 2.60 in pole vault for second, another new record. Kogge was fifth in the javelin throw for the Tigers with a toss of 29.39.