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Georgetown College men's and women's track and field got back to competition Friday and Saturday against several Mid-South Conference foes after spending this past weekend challenging a large group of NCAA Division I and II opponents.
"We need tests like that and the meet at Bellarmine or Louisville always gives us those opportunities," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "Our athletes know that every event is more about testing themselves and challenging themselves than where they place. If we keep improving, when placement counts we will be where we need to be."
Overall the women finished seventh, but only host University of the Cumberlands finished higher out of all the MSC schools. Georgetown scored 48.5, while the Patriots 54.5 put them in sixth. Lindsey Wilson College took 10th and Campbellsville University was 11th.
On the men's side, the Tigers finished 11th with 32 points, beating St. Catharine College, Lindsey Wilson and University of Pikeville. Cumberlands finished second on its own track and Campbellsville just edged GC for 10th with 34 points.
Several school records were broken over the weekend at the UC Invitational.
Two athletes shattered old school records. Taylor Smith got it started in the women's 5,000 meter race walk. Her previous best was 38:35. She placed fourth in 32:06, breaking her mark by more than three minutes.
Logan Crockett already holds the 110-meter hurdles standard, but Saturday he broke Seth Kochera's 2010 record in the 400-meter hurdles. Crockett finished in 59.26 for sixth place.
Tayler Godar, Kelsey Gregory, Marissa Hale and Miranda Mullins finished the 4x800 meter relay in 10:18 for a new best by just more than a second. It also was a first place finish for the team. Rachel Ditto, Mary Jefferson, Caitlyn Kogge and Elisha Overpeck set the record in 2012 with a time of 10:19.
Maggie Murdock also took first in her field event. She won the pole vault with a new record, clearing 2.89 meters. Shawna Parson set the standard in 2012 by clearing 2.45.
Tayler Godar finished on top in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:55.
Jefferson finished third in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 43:48. Kristen Just was fifth in 45:37.
Austin Crawley, Cody Crawley, Brandon Turman and Bobby Chan-Chan were just two hundredths of a second off the current GC 4x100 meter relay record. The gentlemen finished fifth in 43.97.
Jacob Hanser, Joseph Richey, Logan Hull and Peyton Anderson took fifth in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 9:11.
Filipp Burnashov was third in the high jump with a 1.88 meter mark. Branden Burdette finished fifth in the long jump with a distance of 6.28 – sixth hundredths off the current GC record.
Matthew Nash threw a personal best of 48.05 in the javelin for fourth.
Georgetown returns to action May 2 at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.
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