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When four of your top finishers were not even in the team's top five a season ago, finishing sixth is a solid base. Georgetown College men's cross country team had one lone runner, Sam Heaton, who was a scorer in the 2012 Mid-South Conference meet. Transfers and injuries depleted the foundation coach Todd McDaniel started a season ago, but he finished with more runners in the Top 30 this season.
"We ran well all year and even though we finished a spot back in the meet as a team, I think we gained a lot of growth this season," McDaniel said.
Heaton led the way with a 23rd place finish. His 23 minutes 13 seconds was 33 seconds slower than a season ago, but as a team the men ran well in 2013. McDaniel had four of his scorers cross in 30th to 40th place, this year the top three were in the 20s with the other two coming in before 40.
Joe Durbin, a sophomore, did not even run in the 2012 race. Saturday he finished 28th with a 28:45. Two seconds behind him was Jacob Hanser in 29th. The sophomore finished as the eighth best for Georgetown in 2012.
Freshman Ross Lane was 33rd in 29:34, while sophomore Nickolas Slucher crossed 39th in 30:05. In 2012, Slucher finished as GC's ninth finisher.
Pate Anderson took 41st with 30:19 and Brandon Pulliam crossed in 44th with a 30:55.
"I'm excited for the future with these guys," McDaniel said. "I think they have a lot of potential and have proven to have a lot of heart."