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Women's Cross Country - Sat, Sep. 16, 2017

Georgetown College women's and men's cross country teams finally got to tackle the course in Berea Saturday morning. The Tigers first meet of the season was to be in the town just more than an hour south of campus, however, Hurricane Harvey's remnants canceled the race.

The women ran first and tore through it for a fourth place finish – second best NAIA team there as well as beat out Mid-South Conference foes Campbellsville University and University of Pikeville. The men followed and finished sixth, edging Pikeville behind another freshmen laden performance.

"I'm pleased with the way my guys are stepping up and maturing," said GC coach Lucas Garnett. "This was the first five-mile race of the freshmen's careers. Their inexperience showed today, but I am happy with their effort."

Justin Tavner completely the race in 30 minutes 44 seconds for 29th. Ben Peterson took 32nd in just more than 32 minutes. Ethan DeRossett finished in 32:38 for 39th. Blake Borwig was 44th in 33:18 and Grant Carr rounded out the scoring runners for GC with a 51st finish in 34:27. Wesley Qualls made it four freshmen in the top six runners as he crossed in 35:45 for 55th place. Erick Mills and Cody Cooper also ran hard, helping to push their Tiger teammates through the difficult course.

The women harriers were 34 points ahead of Campbellsville which finished fifth.

Senior Lucy Berlanga led the charge in the 5k race. She finished 12th in 20:43. Not a minute later, Jodie Smith crossed for the Tigers in 23rd position. Thirty-four seconds after that it was Liz Scarlato breaking the tape, keeping GC's points low. Tori Hafner was 23 seconds back from Scarlato. Sutton Godar crossed 21 seconds after that, putting all the scoring runners inside of 23 minutes.

"It is exciting and impressive the way these ladies work," Garnett said.

Mary Lou Loxley and Jessica Smith grabbed the all-important sixth and seventh spots for the Tigers scoring 34 and 38 points respectively.
"Mary Lou and Jessica's points did not count towards our total, but they did finish ahead of a few teams fifth girl which added more to their score. The depth on our women's team worked to our advantage again this week. "
Kater Riddle, Charity Stoltz, Sarah Wiseman, Courtney Lee and Jenny Wilson also finished for the Tigers.
As a team the Tigers have a week off before running a gauntlet of races in the next month to lead up to the MSC Championships on Nov. 4th.


 

 
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