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Georgetown College women's cross country team has steadily been sending a message – watch out we are coming. With harrier Tayler Godar leading the way, the Tigers have been tracking the competition and improving every week. It is the pack-like mentality that has also helped them garner votes this past week in the NAIA Coaches' Poll.
"This is a fantastic group of runners and they all understand the true sense of team," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "I knew they would eventually be in the rankings. They run so well together and know when to push a race or split up and push forward."
The past several races Georgetown has been finishing with just six as injuries and illness have plagued the team. To score you have to finish five and despite everyone else having seven or more that could potentially be in that top five GC has not missed a beat in recent races.
Just this past Saturday in South Carolina the Tigers finished fourth overall with Godar, with a personal best of 18 minutes 25 seconds, finishing sixth.
Mary Jefferson's 19:18, Miranda Mullins' 19:18, Kristen Just's 19:38, and Kelsey Gregory's 21:46 were also new personal highs this past weekend.
"Even with the injuries, those that are healthy are peaking at the right time," McDaniel said. "We will take this weekend off as we get ready for the conference meet and hope all are ready to go."
The men are also gearing up and had their final tune-up in South Carolina as well. Sam Heaton, 27:04, Joe Durbin, 27:44, Jacob Hanser, 27:47, Ross Lane, 28:09, Nick Slucher, 29:08, Jawan Smith, 20:06, and Logan Hull, 30:43, all set new personal bests in the Sand Shark Invitational.
"It has been a tough road at times with the men this year," McDaniel said. "We have had a lot of injures that set us back, but no one has every quit and we are seeing ourselves get better every week. I think after these two weeks of training for the conference race, we will have runners really pushing."