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Tayler Godar made up 50 meters to help the women win the 4x800 relay.
Tayler Godar made up 50 meters to help the women win the 4x800 relay.
Track & Field - Wed, Apr. 27, 2016

The night was dreary, but the results promising as Georgetown College men's and women's track team traveled to Ohio for the Night Moves Meet.

The men finished sixth overall, third among NAIA schools, with 10 teams competing. The women finished fifth, third among NAIA schools, against the same 10 programs.

"We had three weather delays, which started and stopped the field events," said coach Lucas Garnett. "The track events started an hour late because of all the rain and the meet ended around 1 am. It was a long day, but very successful. Everyone keeps improving."

The Tigers had several personal records and season bests Friday in Ohio.

Karina Egger, Alec Higdon-Burgess, Kaya Kelly, Kristen Just, Ben Peterson, Dustin Wheeler and Kater Riddle all set new personal records.

Egger won her heat in the 1,500-meter run and finished sixth overall – running this distance for the first time during the track season. Riddle also tallied a personal record in this event. Peterson and Wheeler also tallied their bests in the men's 1,500-meter run.

Just set her best in the 5,000-meter run by nearly 40 seconds. She finished seventh in the overall race.

"Kristen has battled through some of the craziest weather conditions to continually improve in this event this season," Garnett said. "Cumberlands was cold and rainy, Mt. Saint Joseph was hot and humid and Friday as she was set to run it began to rain again with a pick-up in the wind as well.

"She had a gutsy performance and earned that personal record."

The speedsters also got into the mix of setting new standards.

Higdon-Burgess took sixth in the 100-meter dash in 11 seconds 27 hundredths of a second. Amir Ziyad was crossed in ninth, just outside of the scoring for this event. Higdon-Burgess finished in fourth in the 200-meter dash, while Ziyad was 0.0002 seconds back of finishing eighth to score.

"Alec is having a great freshman season for us," Garnett said. "Amir is also doing really well and has had quite a few meets where he just getting edged at the line for a scoring spot. If he and Alec continue to improve, I expect them to do big things in the years to come."

Kelly set her new personal best in the 100-meter dash, taking eighth to help stack points for the team as well. Sydney Jones and Kelly went sixth-seventh respectively in the 200-meter dash.

Setting new season standards were: Derek Nunnelly, Tayler Rose, Skippy Keene and Tayler Godar.

Nunnelly finished seventh in the 110-meter hurdles for the season mark. Rose was fifth in the 100-hurdles, while teammate Haley Carr was sixth.

"Tayler continues her streak of improvement every single race," Garnett said. "It's impressive."

Keene's sixth place in 400-meter dash was second among NAIA runners and gave him a new season best. Jones finished fifth on the women's side in this race.

Godar won the 800-meter run in 2:16.61 just a hair north of a second off her school record set this past season.

"From start to finish her best race all season," Garnett said. "It was a new season best and she's knocking on the door of her own record. She's rounding into championship form."

Godar also anchored the final race of the meet and one of the most exciting. In the 4x800-meter relay, the Tigers were behind as they passed the baton to the senior harrier. She made up a 50-meter gap to help Georgetown to the win in that event. Garnett placed two teams in this event and they finished third. On the men's side, GC took second.

Both 4x400-meter relay teams did well, too. The women finished third and the men fifth.

It was a male harrier getting the track events started in the right direction. Jacob Hanser took third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing just a few seconds off his season best.

The 4x100-meter relay teams followed suit as the men finished fourth and the women took third.

It was the field event participants that experienced the most frustration from the weather. The fully grass surface became slick for planting and multiple delays occurred to avoid the heavier part of the storms.

Through it all, Georgetown still shined bright.

Graham Smith finished third in the javelin and Nick Slucher took eighth.

"Their marks were only a few meters short of what they threw the past couple of weeks without the rain and the grass surface," Garnett said. "I've been very pleased with how all our throwers are doing this season with the help of coach Doug Keaton."

Haley Oliver's scoring streak continued with a second in women's pole vault and Maggie Mollak finished fifth in the discus.

Tigers are back in action Friday and Saturday in the Mid-South Conference Championships in Williamsburg, Ky.






 

 
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