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Haley Oliver took first in the pole vault.
Haley Oliver took first in the pole vault.
Track & Field - Mon, Apr. 18, 2016

Georgetown College men's and women's track and field went up against four NCAA opponents this past weekend at the Mount St. Joseph Invitational. The Tiger men finished third out of the five teams, while the women were third out of six.

"It was a great weekend and a great fourth meet for us," said GC coach Lucas Garnett. "We've been at such large meets the first few weekends that I think some of our athletes were losing focus on what they are truly accomplishing this season. This weekend helped to fix some of that."

The women scored 111 points, 45 points ahead of the next closest opponent. Tayler Godar tallied individual wins in the 1500-meter and 800-meter runs. Stacking points in the longer race, Sydney Berry, Courtney Lee and Kater Riddle also finish in the top seven runners. Also scoring in the 800 was Karina Egger and Kristen Just. Riddle set a new personal record – one of 16 by 10 different Tigers Saturday – in the 800.

Godar, Egger, Berry and Sydney Jones teamed up for a fourth place finish in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of four minutes 30 seconds behind two teams from Northern Kentucky University and a team from Thomas More.

Jones scored points in the 400-meter run, fifth, and 200-meter dash, second. Kaya Kelly continued to show her growth and burst of speed with a second place finish in the 100-meter dash and sixth place finish in the 200.

Haley Carr and Tayler Rose helped to pick up three points in the 100-meter hurdles, while Carr also picked up a point in the 100.

Just finished first in the 5,000-meter run to pick up another 10 point for Georgetown.

"That was an impressive race for Kristen," Garnett said. "It was a hot and humid for what we have been running in the early portion of the season, so to see her push it and take the win was great."

Haley Oliver banked another 10 points with her second pole vault win of the season, clearing 2.95 meters – a new personal record.

Freshman Maggie Mollak continued to flourish with four Top 5 finishes and two new personal records. She was second in the shot put, third in javelin, four in discus and fifth in the hammer. Her throws in hammer and javelin were new best marks for her.

"I'm extremely proud of all our women and hopefully this shows them what they are capable of," Garnett said. "The most important thing is to strive to be better every meet and look to hitting standards for nationals."

The men started strong with a second place finish in the 4x100 meter relay, consisting of Alec Higdon-Burgess, Amir Ziyad, Austin Keene and Marcus Price. The guys finished three tenths of a second behind Thomas More.

Nick Slucher had a busy day in preparation for the decathlon at the Mid-South Conference meet in two weeks. Garnett entered him in six events, finishing in scoring position of four. His best finish was a second in the javelin. He was also fifth in the 110-meter hurdles and two eighth place finishes – 100-meter dash and discus. Slucher tallied a total of 14 points.

"We were doing really well all meet, but by far the most exciting race was the men's 1500," Garnett said. "The way our two runners, Austin Snider and Dustin Wheeler, pushed themselves was impressive and the results mirrored that."

Snider edged Wheeler at the line as the Tigers went one-two in the event and only a half a second separated the top four finishers. This gave Georgetown 18 of its 137 points and both runners tallied new personal records.

Derek Nunnelly posted five points in the 110 hurdles, crossing the line in 18.82 seconds for fourth.

The speedsters had a good day following a rough windy afternoon the weekend prior in Williamsburg, Ky. Hidgon-Burgess and Ziyad finished one-two in the 200 with Hidgon-Burgess crossing .28 ahead of his teammate.  Price stacked some more points in this race with a fifth place finish. Ziyad was first in the 100, with Hidgon-Burgess third.

Ben Peterson sustained the heat in the long 5,000-meter race to finish second.

Graham Smith won his first javelin competition, edging teammate Slucher with an impressive toss of 47.10 meters. Jacob Richardson did well in the field too with a fifth place in discus and eighth in hammer.

"All our throwers tallied personal records in one event or the other Saturday," Garnett said. "It was really awesome to see. When you not only see yourself doing better, but also get the reward of finishing inside the points, it helps to boost your confidence.

"I'm looking forward to our next meet."

Georgetown returns to competition this Friday in the Night Moves Invitational in Wilmington, Ohio.



 

  
 
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