Tiger harriers ready, ready to run.
Cross Country - Mon, Oct. 10, 2016
The dynamic twosome of Georgetown College women's cross country continue to challenge and push each other, helping the Tigers as a whole get stronger. For the fifth race this season Julia Manning finished first for coach Lucas Garnett's women harriers and crossing second was Karina Egger.
"Neither would be doing what they are doing without the other," Garnett said. "In practice and in meets they are helping to push and support each other. They've been one-two for us all season.
"Even more impressive today with Karina is she was running with muscle cramps and had her third fastest time as a Tiger."
The women took seventh in the Fast Cats Classic Saturday in Owensboro, Ky. as did the men.
Austin Snider was second to cross for the male harriers also fighting through muscle cramps in the sunny, mild afternoon race. Dustin Wheeler led the way, making these two a pretty nice one-two punch for the men as well.
Wheeler, who began running cross country a year ago as a freshman at Georgetown, blazed another personal best.
"Dustin shaved four seconds off his time, which is impressive in and of itself," Garnett said. "But the story gets better when you know he had to stop mid-race for 20 seconds to re-tie one of his shoes that slipped off."
The men had a big day all the way around as Cody Cooper and Cody Coffey set personal records and Erick Mills and Grant Carr ran season bests. Carr's finish was his second fastest time of his career.
All five scorers crossed in the Top 50 as Ben Peterson was fourth and Zane Bryan fifth. Mills was sixth with Logan McNabb in the seventh spot.
On the women's side, Manning finished in a season best of 19 minutes 53 seconds and took 11th and Egger crossed in 20:59. All five scoring positions finished in the Top 50 of the 100-plus competitor race.
Sutton Godar was third, while Tori Hafner and Maddie Elder rounded out the scoring. Mary Lou Loxley and Kater Riddle were sixth and seventh.
Also running for GC was Courtney Lee and Jenny Wilson.
Hafner crushed her personal best by 30 seconds, while Elder was 10 seconds shy of a personal record. It was, however, her second fastest time in her career. Godar, Loxley, Lee and Wilson all had season bests.
"I'm very proud of how we are running and getting better every race," Garnett said. "Our women beat out Tiffin, Oakland City and Freed-Hardman just to name a few.
"Our men are attacking the course and showing no signs of stopping. We have two more races before the Mid-South Conference championships and we are right on schedule."
The Tigers hit the course Friday in the Jenna Strong Classic in Wilmington, Ohio.