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Tayler Godar set a Georgetown College cross country record, running a 17 minute 57 second 5,000-meter race Saturday at the Sand Shark Invitational. The women's team overall came in 14th out of 37 teams.
"It was an extremely fast race," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "I was really proud of Tayler for keeping up with the pace. It is what runners can do when you take the hills out."
Tayler Godar finished second Friday in the #JennaStrong Fall Classic, edging her closest Mid-South Conference competitor by three seconds. This helped the junior earn her second MSC Runner of the Week honors of the season announced Tuesday by the league office.
"Tayler has been running really well and we were really excited with this finish," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "We have one more tune up race before the conference meet."
This is the third overall time receiving the honor for the North Bend, Ohio native who finished the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes 42 seconds. She was the top NAIA finisher in the 413-woman race.
Tayler Godar finished second, three seconds ahead of her one of her toughest Mid-South Conference foes Danielle Hoop. The junior crossed in 18 minutes 42 seconds 87 hundredths Friday at #JennaStrong Fall Classic.
"She ran a very good race," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "She has been steadily getting better each race."
Godar has won two races this season and averaged in the 18:40 range.
Tayler Godar was narrowly edged, 13-hundreths of a second, for fourth place Saturday in the Silver Greater Louisville Classic women's race. Georgetown College women's cross country team finished 16th out of 46 teams in the 5,000-meter race over a rolling hills course.
"There are a lot of NCAA teams that come and compete here," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "We were without Kristen Just and Sydney Berry. Karina Egger is coming back from a shin injury, so all things considered Saturday, I think we did really well."
Sometimes the path less taken is the way to go, but not in cross country. Fortunately, for Georgetown College and the women's cross country team doing some of the men's loop was not a devastating change to the overall outcome Saturday at the Berea Invitational.
The Tigers finished second behind Tennessee Wesleyan, and for the second week in a row Tayler Godar captured the top spot.
"The top runners didn't run in the wrong direction for long, but it probably did alter the times by about 10 to 15 seconds," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "The lead runners, which included Tayler, Marissa Hale and Miranda Mullins were told to take the men's first loop which goes behind the finish line instead of in front of it."