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Georgetown College men finished just a fraction of a point from fourth and were within four points of third at the Mid-South Conference Championships this past weekend.
It was a huge leap forward for the men, finishing seventh a year ago and only tallying 45.5 points against the league foes. This year the Tigers tallied 122.5 points just behind Shawnee State University's fourth place finish of 123 and University of Rio Grande edged them out by 3.5 points for third.
"We competed well today and had opportunities," said GC Todd McDaniel. "This program is getting stronger, and I couldn't be more proud of the accomplishment today."
Georgetown College men's and women's track and field got back to competition Friday and Saturday against several Mid-South Conference foes after spending this past weekend challenging a large group of NCAA Division I and II opponents.
"We need tests like that and the meet at Bellarmine or Louisville always gives us those opportunities," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "Our athletes know that every event is more about testing themselves and challenging themselves than where they place. If we keep improving, when placement counts we will be where we need to be."
Overall the women finished seventh, but only host University of the Cumberlands finished higher out of all the MSC schools. Georgetown scored 48.5, while the Patriots 54.5 put them in sixth. Lindsey Wilson College took 10th and Campbellsville University was 11th.
On the men's side, the Tigers finished 11th with 32 points, beating St. Catharine College, Lindsey Wilson and University of Pikeville. Cumberlands finished second on its own track and Campbellsville just edged GC for 10th with 34 points.
The elements did not make for a pretty day, but the heart of the Georgetown College track and field athletes did. At the Lindsey Wilson Invitational in Columbia, Ky. the men and women finished second. The Tiger women finished with 91 points, second to Campbellsville University's 119. Rounding out the top five schools in the 12 team field was LWC (80), Berea (71) and Spring Arbor (66). Ironically the last two in that list beat GC in weekend one at the Berea Invitational.
On the men's side, Georgetown was nipping at the heels of host Lindsey Wilson. The Tigers scored 98 points to the Blue Raiders 104. Rounding out the top five in the 10 team field was Campbellsville (91), Berea (80) and Bethel (61).
GC's women placed scorers in 10 of the 14 events, while the men had 10 in 15 events. In six of those, the Tigers had one or more athletes pick up points.
Dallas Robinson, Georgetown College assistant track & field coach, has been pursuing his love to compete most of his life. Sunday night his passion turned into an Olympic dream. The USA Bobsledding team officially announced its roster for Sochi, and Robinson was one of 15 athletes (male and female) on it.
"If it weren't for running such a great indoor season in track and being ranked Top 5 in the USA, I wouldn't have even given it a second thought," Robinson said about an Olympic dream. "Then I started bobsledding to help a student-athlete and competed for two years before I even bothered to train for it or tryout.
"I figured, well I've gone this far and it seems this is the Lord's plan for this phase of my life. I might as well jump in with both feet now and live on faith here."
Georgetown College had up and down times this past weekend at the Mid-South Conference Meet, but in the end challenged itself and set several new Tiger records.
"It's the way it goes sometimes," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "You will have off days and meets. However, I was really pleased overall to see us make improvements in a couple of areas. You want to win the conference meet for bragging rights, but we still have two more big meets that could determine our placing some athletes at the national meet. That is what matters."