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Georgetown College men's and women's cross country went to Cedarville University Saturday to check out the competition of what they could be facing when the Tigers enter the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
The women finished sixth out of 12 teams and Indiana Wesleyan and University of the Cumberlands were the lone NAIA teams ahead of them. The men finished seventh out of nine teams with the same NAIA schools edging them.
"It was a good day," said women's coach Betsy Laski. "We just have to keep taking steps forward. It is hard to explain the sport to those outside, but it isn't really about the finish as much as the time and seeing our runners getting better."
Laski had her five scoring runners finish inside the top 45 with a 13th place finish for Tayler Godar. The freshman has been leading the way for Georgetown. In a week, Godar trimmed more than a minute from her time. At Queen City this past weekend, she came in at 20:31. Saturday she ran a 19:27.
For the men it was their first 8k of the season. Junior Brandon Pulliam ran a personal best 26:09 to lead the Tigers. His previous best was 26:33 in 2011 at the Southeast Classic. He finished 14th with two UC and one Wesleyan runner ahead of him.
"It was our first 8,000 and so it was good to see where we are at," said men's coach Todd McDaniel. "I'd like to see some of our middle runners pushing each other more and getting finishes more in bunches sort of how we were doing in our 5,000 races. But, I'm pleased to see we were all in the top 70 runners and this will definitely help at practice."
The Tigers have a week off before heading to the Greater Louisville Classic on Sept. 29.