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Georgetown College men's and women's track teams traveled to Danville this weekend for the Centre College Twilight Meet. The Tigers had several impressive performances and saw a lot of improvement in just their third meet. The men finished seventh with 44 points, while the women were eighth with 27 points.
Highlighting the meet was the men's 4x400 meter dash relay of Amir Ziyad, Erick Mills, Austin Keene and Grant Carr. The Tigers won the event with a time of three minutes 27 seconds and 31 one-hundredths of a second. The top spot tallied 10 points for the team.
Dustin Wheeler became the second best Tiger in the 1,500-meter run with his time of 4:07.25 to finish sixth in the race and score three points. It was a new personal record and moved him ahead of Todd McDaniel.
Over the past four years, Georgetown College has watched the blossoming of one of its brightest stars on the cross country and track and field teams. Tayler Godar earned six Mid-South Conference all-conference honors – four straight in cross country and two in track and field. She went to six straight NAIA championships – three in cross country and three in track and field.
Then her biggest moment came this past spring when the Ohio native became the first modern era Georgetown College track athlete to achieve All-American status. Track and field is one of the rare sports where the athlete must finish in the top eight at the national meet in order to receive All-American status.
"It's really exciting for her and for our program as a whole," said GC coach Lucas Garnett. "I'm very proud of what Tayler was able to accomplish in her final year at Georgetown. Then I analyze just her final races as a Tiger and I'm blown away."
Setting new standards and reaching new goals were benchmarks for the 2016 Georgetown College men's and women's track and field team under new coach Lucas Garnett.
This past Thursday through Saturday expectations were far exceeded for the season when senior Tayler Godar became the first modern era Tiger track and field athlete to earn All-American status.
In the 2016 NAIA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship, the Ohio harrier found her stride in the final 300-meters of an 800-meter race to set the stage for her storybook ending.
Georgetown College men's and women's track and field teams finished the 2016 season at the Mid-South Conference Championship meet in Williamsburg, Ky. Day one of the two-day competition set the stage for a phenomenal conclusion. The Tigers broke multiple school records and were just shy of two others, while finishing sixth on the men's side and fifth on the women's.
"What unfolded at the conference meet was impressive to say the least," said GC coach Lucas Garnett. "We've been steadily improving all season, but to have this type of achievement on this stage in front of all our conference rivals sent a message for next year.
"Day one started us off right, but I had no idea what was in store with day two. It was easily highlighted with Tayler (Godar) qualifying for not one, but two national meet races with school-record setting times and top two finishes. It just rolled all weekend and was truly a fantastic ending to a fantastic season."
The night was dreary, but the results promising as Georgetown College men's and women's track team traveled to Ohio for the Night Moves Meet.
The men finished sixth overall, third among NAIA schools, with 10 teams competing. The women finished fifth, third among NAIA schools, against the same 10 programs.
"We had three weather delays, which started and stopped the field events," said coach Lucas Garnett. "The track events started an hour late because of all the rain and the meet ended around 1 am. It was a long day, but very successful. Everyone keeps improving."
The Tigers had several personal records and season bests Friday in Ohio.
Karina Egger, Alec Higdon-Burgess, Kaya Kelly, Kristen Just, Ben Peterson, Dustin Wheeler and Kater Riddle all set new personal records.