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October kicks off another drive for the Georgetown College men's and women's cross country teams. Following the overwhelming success of the shoe campaign a year ago, the Tigers once again are collecting worn out or no longer worn shoes.
Check your closets and bring in all shoes you no longer want. Drop them off in designated bins around campus. Unwearable shoes will be recycled to create synthetic surfaces for playgrounds and tracks, while all the good shoes will be donated to the AMEN House for the local charity to distribute to those in need.
The evening is called a Blessing Ball for a reason. It is not just a kind gesture to a special group of individuals, but a full on blessing for everyone involved. Georgetown College men's and women's cross country teams once again participated in this fun filled evening at Leesburg Christian Church.
"We had 22 go this year, that's four more than last year and many of them have been looking forward to this since we left the ball a year ago," said GC coach Lucas Garnett. "All our volunteers spent the evening dining, dancing and playing games with their special guests."
Each student-athlete had a wide variety of experiences as some of their dates wanted to boogie all night long, never leaving the dance floor; others wanted to have long conversations with their college dates; and still others wanted to play bingo or "Let's Make a Deal."
Georgetown College men's and women's cross country teams headed back to Berea for a tough run in the Berea College Invitational.
"This is a true cross country course," said GC coach Lucas Garnett. "This leads to some interesting times as you have to cross a creek, run across trails and gravel terrain. It is probably the most entertaining of courses for the spectators as well as racers that we see all season."
The women took fourth, only being beaten by one NAIA school, edging Mid-South Conference rival Campbellsville University at the line and beating three NCAA schools.
"Our ladies had a solid finish with Julia (Manning) leading the way again," Garnett said. "Karina (Egger) gave us a second runner in the top 20 for our two award winners that day."
GC tallied 132 points to CU's 134. Campbellsville had more runners finish in the top 30, but Georgetown had all five finish in top 37. CU's final runner came in at 40th.
When it comes to outdoor sports, the elements play a factor. Saturday, in the Mid-South Conference Cross Country Preview Championship Meet, the heat in Bowling Green, Ky. the heat stole the show. With Georgetown College's men's team running its first 8,000 of the season, the oppressive humidity throughout the race could have been a deterrent.
"It was a brutal day and times were slow across the board for every athlete. Making me even more proud of what our guys accomplished today," said GC coach Luke Garnett. "We had competitors dropping out of the race left and right. A couple teams that started with enough to score, didn't have a team score because so many of their athletes dropped out.
"All our guys toughed it out and finished. With the conditions and it being the first 8k of the season, I am pleased with the times and results."
Georgetown College women's cross country opened the 2016 season this past Friday evening in the Berea/Centre College Cross Country Classic. Leading the way for the Tigers was freshman Julia Manning.
The Richmond, Ky. native was the first NAIA runner to finish, taking fourth behind three Centre College runners. She ran the two-mile course in 12 minutes and 20 seconds earning her the first Mid-South Conference Runner of the Week honors.