Cross Country - Wed, Sep. 5, 2012
Georgetown College men's and women's cross country team
set a new challenge from themselves this past weekend.
"We see a lot of the same teams and so when Betsy (Laski)
and I were forming the schedule we thought it was time to expand our runners'
experiences," said Tiger men's coach Todd McDaniel. "The Big River Running
Early Bird meet really gave us a chance to see new NAIA schools as well as NCAA
And they got a chance to see Georgetown. The Tigers face
stiff competition inside their own conference with Shawnee State, currently
ranked seventh nationally, and University of the Cumberlands (23rd). But, it is
raters outside the conference that never get a chance to really gauge how
strong Georgetown is.
"It's an opportunity for our athletes to race against new
faces on a different course," Laski said. "But, it is also a chance for these
coaches to see that, yes Shawnee and Cumberlands are good, but Georgetown is
right there with them."
McDaniel's men's team finished eighth overall with just
one NAIA school ahead of them - Central Methodist University. Freshman Cole
Cisneros (Carmel, IN) made a statement in his first collegiate race. He led the
Tigers in the 6k with a 26th finish in 20 minutes, 22 seconds. All five scoring
runners finished in the top 80. Brandon Pulliam finished 40th in 20:50. Peyton
Anderson was 60th in 21:36. Tyler Doolittle was 67th in 21:55 and Jon Renneker
was 76th in 22:19.
"It was a great first race. I was pleased all the way
around," McDaniel said. "Cole ran a great race and when some of those other
guys get their strides going we can have a stronger one through five finish and
be a solid team."
The women finished 11th overall with Central Methodist and
William Woods being the only NAIA schools ahead of them. It was another
freshman leading the way for the Tigers as Tayler Godar was 31st in 16:13.
Rachel Ditto finished 45th in 16:35. Marissa Hale was 56th in 16:55. Elisha
Overpeck was 59th in 16:58 and Mary Jefferson rounded out the five-scoring
runners in 63rd in 17:18.
"We were all in the top 65 so that is a great start as a
team," Laski said. "Elisha is healing up from a nagging injury from this past
spring. Once she gets stronger, she and Tayler will be challenging each other
which is really exciting for our team all the way around.
"We were short on depth this past year, but having a full
field of runners beyond those that were in scoring positions was a nice change
of pace and bodes well for the rest of the season."
Both teams are back in action Friday for a 5 pm race in