Track & Field - Tue, Apr. 5, 2011
Georgetown College men's and women's track and field teams competed against the likes of Eastern Kentucky University, Transylvania University and several other big programs Saturday in the Centre Invitational.
The Tigers finished ninth on the men's side and 13th on the women's, but overall had a good day.
"It was a solid day for us," said GC men's coach Todd McDaniel. "There was a lot of good competition, so we didn't finish that high in the team scoring, but a few new school records were set on both sides. All and all it was a good day."
Grant Curran set a record in the 800 meter run with a finish of 2:00.77, Dillon Meyers' mark of 6.80 meters in the long jump is a new record, and Keith Arutoff claimed two records with a 35.77 meter hammer throw and 39.99 meter discus throw.
McDaniel also said freshman Tanner Alexander was running a personal best in the 5,000 meter run when a miscalculation of laps had him stop one lap too soon. He was allowed to keep his second place finish and not penalized for the statistician error, but will not count the time as a personal best because he did not finish the race.
The women, dealing with several injuries, were down a few competitors but still had a good day.
"I'm happy with everyone's performance on a windy day," said GC women's coach Betsy Laski. "Just about everyone improved upon their times from this past weekend's meet at Mount St. Joseph."
Jalie Adams set a new school record of 21.95 meters in the hammer throw, break what she set at the conference meet in 2010. Finnja Ramcke set a new school record in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing second in a time of 1:10.45. She also set the record in the 2010 conference meet.
Finnja also improved her 100 meter hurdle time from the first weekend from 17.83 to 17.44.
Other highlights for the women were the 4x100 meter relay team of Caroline Hutson, Emily Buerger, Jasmine Strunk and Danielle Buford shaving almost a second off the time. Elisha Overpeck was three seconds faster in the 1,500 meter run. She finished seventh in that race and all six runners ahead of her were from NCAA Division I schools. The freshman also ran the 5,000 meter run for the first time on the track, scoring points with a seventh place finish.
Kelsey Barbato improved her 1,500 meter run by five seconds, and Maggie Wilson was a second better in the same race.
All of the Tigers 100 meter runners improved their times. Buford placed 10th out of 31 competitors in a time of 13.23. Buerger and Strunk also ran faster at Centre Saturday. Buford also had a solid time in the 200 meter dash, finishing 11th out of 42 runners and improving her time by almost two seconds. Burger finished 24th in the event, bettering her time from 30.01 to 29.3.
In field events, Adams threw for 24.16 meters in the discus, almost a full meter more. Brooke Glidewell also improved her hammer throw considerably. The freshman threw for 16.61 meters in her first competition, but at Centre she threw a 20.45.