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Track & Field - Thu, Jul. 7, 2016

Over the past four years, Georgetown College has watched the blossoming of one of its brightest stars on the cross country and track and field teams. Tayler Godar earned six Mid-South Conference all-conference honors – four straight in cross country and two in track and field. She went to six straight NAIA championships – three in cross country and three in track and field.

Then her biggest moment came this past spring when the Ohio native became the first modern era Georgetown College track athlete to achieve All-American status. Track and field is one of the rare sports where the athlete must finish in the top eight at the national meet in order to receive All-American status.

"It's really exciting for her and for our program as a whole," said GC coach Lucas Garnett. "I'm very proud of what Tayler was able to accomplish in her final year at Georgetown. Then I analyze just her final races as a Tiger and I'm blown away."

Godar broke her own 800-meter record in each of her final three races, all on the postseason stage. In the Mid-South Conference Championships, she ran a 2:14.33 to win the title and qualify for the national meet. At the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Godar passed three competitors in the final 200 meters to finish fifth in 2:14.01. It put her as the last qualifier for the championship race the following day and sewed up her All-American status.

"She's beyond deserving," Garnett said. "The past few years she has really stepped up as the leader of the women's teams. She works out when no one else is. She encourages her teammates by finishing her work out and then getting back on the course to help others finish theirs.

"Cross country and track have such an individual arching focus, but Tayler understood the team element and that she was only as good as her teammates. The better they were in pushing her, the better she was. We will miss her come fall season."

Her accomplishments were not over nor satisfied with the national honor. Godar set her sights on finishing strong and left it all on the Gulf Shores track mid-afternoon on May 28. Again the harrier found herself back in the pack as the race turned for the final lap. She did not panic, though, finding her stride and last boost in the final 200 of her career.

She passed another three competitors, crossing in fifth, in a blistering school and personal record smashing 2:12.16.

"Phenomenal. It is the only word I can think of to describe breaking a record by that much in roughly a 24-hour turn around," Garnett said. "The pace was most definitely much faster in the championships and she responded. Tayler was not going to be left behind and poured out all she had to make one final amazing stand in her collegiate career."

Godar graduated in May, double majoring in psychology and communication and media studies. She is currently residing in Cincinnati and looking to meld her love for running with her double major at an area business.

    
 
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