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Georgetown College women's cross country harriers once again showed what could be just around the corner. Running at Cedarville University's Invitational, the ladies ran a 6k rather than the normal 5k and finished just nine points behind Mid-South Conference foe University of the Cumberlands and everyone else above them was an NCAA Division II school or higher.
"It was a great race and you have to factor in the conditions as well," said Tiger coach Todd McDaniel. "Cedarville was hit pretty heavy with rain the past two days, but the course held up fairly well. Our men ran first and thus ran in a circle around where the women would then have to run.
"The footing was a bit tougher and I wanted to gage our runners after the difficult test I tossed at them this past weekend at Centre. They were a bit behind their paces from this past Saturday, but take in the extra distance, conditions and the mild temperature and I'm extremely pleased with this race."
From runner one through five, the scoring positions, Georgetown was in a pack with just one minute and 40 seconds separating the first runner to cross and the fifth.
Tayler Godar finished 19th in 24:02.74. The lone conference competitor ahead of her was UC's Danielle Hoop. Mary Jefferson was 28th in 24:35.85. Miranda Mullins and Grace Whitworth were back-to-back in 36 and 37 with times of 25:04.39 and 25:07.36 respectively.
Kristen Just was the final scoring runner with a time of 25:42.66 for 51st.
On the men's side, Georgetown finished in eighth, right behind Davis & Elkins. UC finished second for the men.
Over the 8k course, the men had to circle around twice and then cut through to cross the finish line.
"The ground was spongy, but it never got very muddy," McDaniel said. "Our men ran well and hopefully learned a lot about what they need to do over the course of the next month before our conference meet."
Sam Heaton led the way with a 28:31.97 time. Joe Durbin and Brandon Pulliam were on each other's heels most of the race, finishing in 29:17.09 and 29:17.70 respectively. Jacob Hanser was next with a time of 29:36.37 and Ross Lane was the final scoring runner with a 29:54.98.
Both teams return to action Oct. 5 in the Greater Louisville Classic.
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