Georgetown News
W XC and T&F - Tue, May. 10, 2011

Georgetown College's women's cross country and women's track and field coach Betsy Laski wasted little time in finding three athletes to continue to build growing Tiger programs - Shawna Parson, Mary Jefferson and Marissa Hale.

Parson will be the first female pole-vaulter in a few years for GC's women's track and field team. The Green County High School senior has a personal best of clearing the 7-foot-6 mark. To this point, the Tigers have had to forgo possible points in this competition without an athlete to put in the event.

"We are really excited to have a pole-vaulter join the team," Laski said. "It's exciting to know we will be getting more opportunities to score points in meets and have a better chance in the team portion of the competition."

Jefferson and Hale are committed to both the cross country and track and field teams. They will add strength and depth to both of Laski's programs.

"Mary and Marissa will be wonderful additions to both teams," Laski said. "I foresee each having an immediate impact on our success."

Jefferson, a Taylor County High School senior, finished 18th this past year in the State Cross Country Meet in a personal best of 20:59.

She also ran new personal records in the 800-meter run, 2:30, and 1,600-meter run, 5:35, in a recent track meet.

Hale is a Louisville native set to make her signing official with a ceremony on June 1. However, the DuPont Manual senior was so excited to be a part of both the Tiger programs she did not want to wait to ink her deal.

She runs a personal best 20:08 in the 5k and is a member of Manual's 4x800-meter relay team. She also ran the steeplechase for the first time this past year in high school. Laski has been using hurdler Finnja Ramcke in this event for the Tigers this year. The sophomore set school records in the 3,000 steeplechase. Hale will bring added depth and options in this event for Laski.

 
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