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Tiger throwers and coach bundle up between competitions Saturday. Photo submitted
Tiger throwers and coach bundle up between competitions Saturday. Photo submitted
Track & Field - Mon, Apr. 4, 2016

Elements are an interesting factor in athletics. Spring sports deal with it most often in this part of the country as storm systems can change the weather in a blink of an eye. This was the case Saturday as wind gusts shifted and increased throughout the day making it interesting for the 35-plus teams in the Centre Invitational in Danville, Ky.

Georgetown College's track and field teams saw a dip in scores – which will happen when more athletes are in the field, increasing the heats for championship contention and narrowing the field quicker.

However, the women's team still had a solid showing with a 10th place finish in 17 teams, and the men did well, but struggled to score points in finishing 18th.

"It was a wild day in Danville," said GC coach Lucas Garnett. "I'm not worried about team scores, especially at a meet as large as this. What you have to focus on and keep the athletes focused on is improving times or distances as well as stacking up against other conference opponents in our events."

Kristen Just started the women strong finally getting to compete in the race for which she has been training. A week ago at Transylvania, the 10,000-meter run was scratched. The senior switched to the 5,000, but Saturday she got to run her race. She finished the first half the race faster than she ran a week ago, helping her to a new personal record of 41 minutes 47 seconds and a fifth place finish.

Tayler Godar faced down the wind and shaved a second off her 1,500-meter time, taking second. Then she outkicked her competition in the 800-meter run for first place – her second top spot in this event this season.

Sydney Berry also ran the 800, trimmed a second off her time and was just out of the point scoring in 11th. She was third in her heat earlier in the day.

Garnett took speedsters Sydney Jones, Madi Webster, Keyvin Parker and Kaya Kelly and decided to put them together for a 4x100-meter relay team.

"It's hard when you've never run a relay together getting the timing down, but I was extremely pleased with these ladies," Garnett said. "They finished eighth in a very competitive race. As they get more work together, I see this group really doing some big things for us this year."

Maggie Mollak continued her strong collegiate start. The freshman set two records in her first Georgetown competition a week ago, and then shattered those in Danville. Her throw of 12.6 meters in shot put broke the school record by more than a half a meter and set a new person record. She finished third overall, but second in the NAIA competitors. Her discus throw was five-feet better than a week ago, setting the new school record at 37.53 meters. Mollak finished second overall and first against NAIA competition.

Haley Oliver took seventh in pole vault all while battling a very difficult tail wind.

Joshua Copley scored the only points on the men's side, throwing a new personal record for seventh place in the discus competition. Michael Moreland and Jacob Richardson also threw new personal records in discus, but were not in scoring position.

Austin Snider won his heat in the 800-meter run, finishing 32nd overall.

"When you win your heat and there are still that many to run in the championship event, that shows you how large this competition was," Garnett said. "Austin ran well, he was fourth among NAIA runners and second in the Mid-South Conference. It was a very strong race."

Jacob Hanser continued to improve by trimming eight seconds off this 3,000-meter steeplechase time, which was about five seconds out of scoring position.

The sprinters had the toughest time with the wind and larger NCAA contingent.

"During the men's 100-meter and 200-meter runs the winds were really kicking up," Garnett said. "Our guys ran well, just couldn't slice through that wind and therefore the times suffered.

"All and all I'm very happy with our second meet. We saw improvements in tough conditions with many competitors. We also finished very well against our conference foes so this coming weekend's meet should be fun."

The teams head to Williamsburg, Ky. on Friday for a two-day meet hosted by University of the Cumberlands.

    
 
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