Georgetown News
Men's Outdoor Track & Field - Tue, May. 26, 2009

Edwardsville, Ill. - Georgetown College's John Michael Mayo and Matthew Swinson competed in the NAIA National Track & Field Championships held May 21-23 at Ralph Korte Stadium in Edwardsville, Ill.  The 58th annual championships were hosted by the St. Louis Sports Commission and Lindenwood, McKendree and Missouri Baptist universities.

Edwardsville, Ill. - Georgetown College's John Michael Mayo and Matthew Swinson competed in the NAIA National Track & Field Championships held May 21-23 at Ralph Korte Stadium in Edwardsville, Ill.  The 58th annual championships were hosted by the St. Louis Sports Commission and Lindenwood, McKendree and Missouri Baptist universities.

While neither Tiger advanced out of their preliminaries, both gained the experience of competing against the best in the NAIA as young members of the improving Tiger program.  Coach Jeff Hulsmeyer says he expects Mayo and Swinson to take the experience and use it as motivation to train hard to qualify and return to the national meet.

"You hope that your athletes will peak at the national meet, but sometimes that just doesn't happen," said Hulsmeyer.  "They will learn from this and come back a lot stronger next year because of it."

Mayo, a sophomore from Pikeville, Ky., was plagued with an elbow injury that kept him from throwing his best.  He finished tenth in the his flight with a throw of 54.09 meters.

Teammate Swinson, a freshman from Capitol Heights, Md., competed in the triple jump event and finished fifth in his flight with a jump of 13.49 meters.  Hulsmeyer expects him to not only qualify again next season, but to make it in another event as well.  "Matthew is a great young talent as a jumper and I think he could qualify in the high jump next year in addition to the triple jump," said Hulsmeyer.

 
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