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Georgetown College's men's and women's track and field continued to show signs of improvement after being back in competition only a few seasons. Both finished seventh in this past weekend's Mid-South Conference meet at University of Rio Grande, setting several records along the way.
The men's Keith Arutoff broke teammate's, roommate's and friend's school and conference record in the hammer. Nick Kelly's throw of 35.21 meters in the 2010 meet stood for over a year, a year and five days to be exact.
Arutoff set the new mark at 38.55 to take the competition and also earn all-conference honors. Kelly did not compete this year, but with both back for the Tigers and coach Todd McDaniel things could be really exciting for track and field in 2012.
Arutoff also finished fourth in the discus throw with a school record throw of 41.45 meters.
John Michael Mayo's javelin throw of 51.85 meters notched another conference event win and all-conference honors. He currently holds the GC record with a throw of 58.53 set in 2009.
The men's team finished seventh with 74 points. Along with solid showings in several field events, distance runner Grant Curren helped the team with a third place finish in the 800-meter run. Mark Scout finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles for three points and eighth in the 400-meter hurdles for one point. Corey Hatfield's fifth place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase picked up points for GC. Tyler Doolittle, LeRon Collier, Cody Polzin and Brennan Carrithers comprised the fourth-place 4x400-meter relay team, while Curren, Grant, Polzin and Brandon Pulliam took fifth in the 4x800-meter relay.
Hatfield 1.73-meters in the high jump to finish eighth and Zachary Virgin's 3.51-meter mark was good for third in pole vault. Dillon Meyers finished eighth in the long jump and Bill Beckerson fifth in the triple jump for more Georgetown points. Mark Scout finished fifth in the decathlon, while Reid Stivers' eighth-place finish in the 5,000-meter walk race rounded out the scoring for the male Tigers.
The women finished seventh as well with 51 points.
Danielle Buford's 13.31 in the 100-meter dash was fifth and put GC on the board with four points. Her seventh-place finish in the 200-meter dash picked up another two points. Elisha Overpeck finished fifth in the 1,500-meter run and fourth in the 5,000-meter run.
Finnja Ramcke took eighth in the 100-meter hurdles and sixth in the 400-meter hurdles. The sophomore rounded her individual day with a fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, breaking her own school record set earlier in the season in a time of 12:55.95.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Caroline Hutson, Emily Buerger, Jasmine Strunk and Buford ran a 52.46, a seventh-place finish. While the 4x800-meter team of Overpeck, Ramcke, Emily Steck and Caitlyn Anglin finished sixth.
Amanda Williamson's second place finish in the high jump was the women's team's best finish all day, and she was just shy of her own school record - clearing 1.51 and the record is 1.52. Anglin cleared 1.47 for a fifth-place finish in the high jump.
Hutson took fourth in the triple jump and rounding out the field events was Caitlyn Kogge's throw of 26.88 in the javelin for fourth place.