Cross Country - Mon, Nov. 5, 2012
Georgetown College men's and women's cross country season
came to an end this past weekend at University of Rio Grande. The Mid-South
Conference meet saw the women's team finish third overall and the men's finish
"We've had an up and down season, which can happen when
you are young and dealing with injuries," said men's coach Todd McDaniel. "We
ran solid Saturday, but it just wasn't good enough this time around."
Both teams are fairly young and then the veteran runners
have been hampered with injuries most of the season. However, both teams have
shown great progress through the season and even dominated on a very tough
course in unusual heat at the late season race hosted by Kentucky State
University. The women's team posted an eye-popping perfect score, while the
men's was an impressive win as well with a near perfect score.
At Rio, Tayler Godar led the women and finished just
outside the at-large bids to qualify for the national meet in Vancouver, Wash.
The freshman ran the 5k in 19 minutes 51 seconds. Rachel Ditto's 20:29 was
second best for the Tigers, while Elisha Overpeck ran a 20:44. This is the
first year the Overpeck will not be competing in Vancouver. The junior has been
slowed by an injury she sustained during track season.
"It has been a tough cross country season for Elisha,"
said women's coach Betsy Laski. "To see her run the times she runs and know the
frustration when she wants to go harder or faster.
"But, I'm pleased with her progress and hopefully this
injury will be cleared up by the time this track season rolls around. Then we
keep her healthy and Elisha and Tayler will be a next fall in cross country."
Mary Jefferson ran a 21:07 and Mary Kate Dowdy a 21:46 to
round out the top five GC women's scorers, all of which were in the top 32 finishers.
Senior Finnja Ramcke is another runner that usually helps the team score well,
but a back injury has kept her lower in the finishes than usual.
"Last year at this time, we were lucky to have five
runners," Laski said. "This year our depth was a large part of our strength. It
is hard when runners such as Finnja have to battle injuries. Todd and I both
understand that as runners ourselves. I think that helps as we coach these
McDaniel dealt with injuries and illnesses from his team
all season. Senior Tyler Doolittle missed most of the season due to injury. Sophomore
Kyle Wiedemer ran, but never really was himself all season. Junior Tanner
Alexander took a redshirt season. Junior Brandon Pulliam battled illness
off-and-on for about the past month.
"We never want to give excuses," McDaniel said. "We have
plenty of really great runners and the ability to achieve more, but I was never
displeased with the effort I got at any competition or practice this season.
"Sometimes you are going to have these years, it is how
we grew and learned from it that will make the difference come this next fall."
Freshman Cole Cisneros continued his strong rookie
campaign with a finish that had him just two spots out of the at-large bids. He
finished the MSC meet in 26:45.8 - one minute and 11 seconds better than his
KSU winning time. This time also puts him in the Top 5 all-time for race time
at Georgetown College dating back to 1985. Pulliam's 26:09 earlier this season
gives McDaniel two runners that erased and set new records for the Tigers.
Pulliam sits at No. 2, while Cisneros is No. 5.
Sam Heaton finished in 27:37. Anderson ran a 28:39. Jon
Renneker was right on his heels in 28:41. Rounding out the top five was Joseph
Richey in 28:57. All the scorers finished in the top 40 for the men's team.