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Georgetown College cross country teams continue to challenge themselves against larger fields of competition, including numerous NCAA teams. Friday evening was no different in the Jenna Strong Classic. The men had steady progress throughout the race as the Tigers were 33rd 600-meters into the race and 1,400-meters later were at 29th. At the end of the 8,000-meter race, GC finished 28th.
On the women's side, it was consistency. At the two check points, same as the men, the female Tigers were 22nd and that is where they finished at the end of the 5,000-meter race in a pack of 38 teams.
"This is the best race the men have run all season by a long shot," said GC coach Lucas Garnett. "The men have had a rough go so far – injuries, illnesses, various setbacks. It was awesome to finally see them all well and together on the same day.
"We had seven men running and had seven season best times – I like those numbers – with three personal records and one not far off. We have a very young team with a ton of potential. They are just now starting to show what they are capable of doing."
The dynamic twosome of Georgetown College women's cross country continue to challenge and push each other, helping the Tigers as a whole get stronger. For the fifth race this season Julia Manning finished first for coach Lucas Garnett's women harriers and crossing second was Karina Egger.
"Neither would be doing what they are doing without the other," Garnett said. "In practice and in meets they are helping to push and support each other. They've been one-two for us all season.
"Even more impressive today with Karina is she was running with muscle cramps and had her third fastest time as a Tiger."
The women took seventh in the Fast Cats Classic Saturday in Owensboro, Ky. as did the men.
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.