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Georgetown College cross country and track and field programs will have a new front face this season, however, Luke Garnett is no stranger to either programs. Long-time coach Todd McDaniel has decided to retire from coaching, for now, and Georgetown is pleased to announce Garnett as the new head coach.
"Luke is a natural fit for our program, and we are excited to have him on board," said Georgetown Director of Athletics Brian Evans. "He knows the school. He loves the school. He knows the student-athletes and loves helping them reach for new goals.
"It is never easy to lose a coach of the caliber of Todd, with his work ethic, passion and the way he cares about Georgetown and the student-athletes. However, we all understand the need to take a step back and focus on family. We wish him all the best and expect to see him around still. Since his graduation, he's had a hand in helping develop both of track and cross country programs. We know Georgetown will always be near and dear to his heart."
McDaniel, a 2002 GC graduate, became an assistant coach following graduation and has guided the cross country men's team since 2010 and took over the women's team in 2013. He was key in restarting the track and field program in 2005, where he coached the men since 2009 and took the women over in 2014.
Georgetown College men's cross country season came to a close Saturday afternoon in Portsmouth, Ohio. The Tigers finished fifth out of eight in the Mid-South Conference meet.
Jacob Hanser led the charge, finishing 19th out of 74 runners in a time of 28 minutes 16 seconds. Right on his heels was teammate Austin Snider in 28:23 for 20th.
The team as a whole completed the 8,000-meter course in 32:15. The scoring runners were all done in 30:25.
Nickolas Slucher ran a 29:08, Sam Heaton a 29:43 and Grant Carr a 30:25.
Georgetown (Ky.) senior Sam Heaton is the recipient of the 2014 Mid-South Conference Men's Cross Country Champions of Character award presented by Forcht Bank, MSC officials announced on Thursday.
The Cincinnati, Ohio native is the captain of the Tiger men's cross country team and on pace to graduate in December with a degree in religion. Heaton has a 3.8 grade point average and is a member of Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society and the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity where he serves as the chaplain.
Heaton has always stuck by one phrase that has helped him grow into the person he is today.
"Character is who you are when no one is watching," Heaton said. "I remember seeing it on a banner hanging at my elementary school. I have always tried to respect those in authority above me whether that is my coach, pastor, professor or team captain."
Austin Snider finished in 27 minutes 20 seconds and the Tigers men's cross country team was 27th overall in the Sand Shark Invitational in Beaufort, S.C.
Jacob Hanser finished 10 racers back of Snider in 27:37 and the final three scoring men for Georgetown College were also under the 30-minute mark.
Georgetown College men's cross country team finished 29th Friday out of 38 teams in the #JennaStrong Fall Classic in Wilmington, Ohio. Austin Snider paced the team, finishing 113th out of 373 runners with a time of 28 minutes 15 seconds 13 hundredths over the 8,000-meter course.
Not more than nine seconds behind him was teammate Jacob Hanser. Sam Heaton was third for the Tigers in 29:26. Nickolas Slucher scored fourth for GC in 29:49, while Grant Carr (30:32) rounded out the scoring runners.