Julia Manning emerges out of the creek Saturday. Photo by Shannon Godar
Cross Country - Sun, Sep. 18, 2016
Georgetown College men's and women's cross country teams headed back to Berea for a tough run in the Berea College Invitational.
"This is a true cross country course," said GC coach Lucas Garnett. "This leads to some interesting times as you have to cross a creek, run across trails and gravel terrain. It is probably the most entertaining of courses for the spectators as well as racers that we see all season."
The women took fourth, only being beaten by one NAIA school, edging Mid-South Conference rival Campbellsville University at the line and beating three NCAA schools.
"Our ladies had a solid finish with Julia (Manning) leading the way again," Garnett said. "Karina (Egger) gave us a second runner in the top 20 for our two award winners that day."
GC tallied 132 points to CU's 134. Campbellsville had more runners finish in the top 30, but Georgetown had all five finish in top 37. CU's final runner came in at 40th.
The Tigers also beat Kentucky State University, Maryville University, University of Pikeville, Union College and West Virginia State.
Manning crossed in 14th and Egger was 18th. Sutton Godar and Tori Hafner finished back-to-back at 30th and 31st respectively. Maddie Elder rounded out the scorers in 37th as Georgetown's freshmen continue to stand strong – four of its five scorers.
Marissa Forrest came in 44th as the tiebreaker runner, sixth on the team to finish, and Kater Riddle was the displacement runner, seventh on the team to cross, in 48th.
Mary Lou Loxley was right behind Riddle and Courtney Lee and Jenny Wilson also competed.
On the men's side, Dustin Wheeler was the top GC harrier for the third straight race. The sophomore, in his second year of competition, finished 22nd – just out of the award spots.
Austin Snider, Grant Carr, Erick Mills and Logan McNabb rounded out the scorers for the Tigers, finishing seventh out of 10 teams.
"Again our men show real heart and everyone is getting better, that's what matters right now," Garnett said. "We had some sickness hit the men's team and thus were short a few of our runners, but everyone on the course hit it hard, improved and that's what counts."
Cody Coffey and Cody Cooper, joining the team from St. Catharine College, rounded out the parred down men's team as the tiebreaker and displacement positions respectively.
"The races of the day belong to Jenny, Karina and Dustin," Garnett said. "Jenny ran more than two minutes faster than she did at any point this past season. She has been working so hard to return to form after this past year. Her work is paying off.
"Karina ran more than two minutes faster at this race than a season ago, and her second fastest collegiate time. Dustin ran more than three minutes faster than he did at this race this past year, setting a new personal record."
The Tigers return to the course in a few weeks – Oct. 1 at the Greater Louisville Classic.