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Georgetown College women's track and field's Tayler Godar finished her fourth straight national tournament this past Friday in the 35th NAIA Women's Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.
The junior ran in the fourth and final heat of the 800-meter run.
"It's a pretty good place to draw to run, knowing what you need to accomplish in order to advance to the championship heat Saturday," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "Tayler ran really well and pushed herself. She did not advance to the finals, but did accomplish another goal."
Georgetown College men's tennis had a rough spring, but the future is bright as evident by the final few matches of the season.
The Tigers (5-14) hit the road for a trip that coach Michael Cunningham will be using as a leaping off point for next year. They started the weekend with a blanking from Indiana Wesleyan University, which at the time was receiving votes in the national poll. The Wildcats (20-10) eventually advanced to the semifinals of the National Christian College Athletic Association semifinals and the first round of the NAIA national tournament.
Against Taylor University, GC scored three points as junior Austin Colliver and senior Chris Bartlett won singles' matches and Bartlett and freshman Tristan Nosek teamed up for a win in doubles. Freshman A.J. Berk pushed Alex Jung at the five spot in singles. The Trojan needed an 11-9 win in set two to finish the match.
This past Saturday Georgetown College inducted the 18th hall of fame class. It was another wonderful evening to celebrate many who have set the stage for the excellence Tiger athletics now enjoys.
The members of the 2015 class are: Kara Hellmann (volleyball), Betsy Evans Laski (women's cross country), Jim McLaughlin (football), Alan Rhine (football), Mike Ward (football), Johnny Ray Williams (men's basketball), Bert Hawkins (distinguished alumni), Coach Dave Campbell (football), and the 1991-92 softball team. Connor Danis (Jim Reid Memorial Scholarship), Austin Colliver (Reed-Allen Character in Sports Endowed Scholarship) and Alyssa Kennedy (Reed-Allen Character in Sports Endowed Scholarship) were also honored during the festivities.
The Georgetown College Athletics Hall of Fame is now comprised of 110 individuals and 14 teams. The 2015 class is tied for the largest induction year with the 2010 honorees.
It is important every year to the Georgetown College athletics department to honor the current season and athletes for various accomplishments throughout the calendar year. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is responsible for this event every year and president Devanny King worked to add some new twists to the celebratory occasion.
"It's good every so often to step back and assess the event," King said. "We just wanted the evening to really showcase our athletes and all our accomplishments. I think the few tweaks were positive and hopefully inspires next year's committee to continue to look at how we can make this better and better."
The evening started with food options provided by Made From Scratch as student-athletes poured in to the Georgetown College Conference Center. A slideshow of pictures was also running to highlight different moments of the past year.
Georgetown College lost a member of Tiger Nation early Monday morning as alumnus and former football coach Craig Mullins passed away.
"Georgetown College football family lost one of our own this morning when Craig lost his battle with lung cancer," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "Craig was the heart and soul of the Georgetown football for many years. He played for the Tigers from 1986-90 and quarterbacked teams that began GC's climb to greatness. Craig returned in 1997 when I returned to Georgetown as head coach. For 16 years, Craig directed our offense as coordinator. He was instrumental in guiding our teams to four national championship playoff appearances and two NAIA national championships as well as countless conference championships."
In his 16 seasons on the Tiger sidelines, Georgetown went 155-36 with 12 Mid-South Conference titles, two national championships, two national championship runners-up and three semifinals. He coached NAIA Hall of Fame member and three-time NAIA Player of the Year Eddie Eviston. He also guided record-setting quarterbacks such as Jeff Smith and Neal Pawsat.