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Recycling has become a better way of life we are all striving for as we find new ways to take old or used items and reinvent them or change them into something new. This past week Georgetown College cross country teams began getting into this effort with a shoe drive. Currently the team has collected 18 pairs of shoes.
The worn out and unwearable shoes will be used for the rubber, foam and fabric to make synthetic playing surfaces such as tracks and football fields.
Georgetown College men's and women's cross country team added a touch of extra meaning to the Kentucky Small College Championship races Saturday. The Tigers wore their hearts on their sleeves so to speak, decking out in pink bandanas and ribbons to support those battling, surviving or dealing with cancer and how it touches so many lives.
"Personally, my aunt Judy Farrow is a survivor, and I know that the rest of our team has someone close to them that has been affected by breast cancer as well," said GC coach Luke Garnett. "Our run today was in honor of all those affected."
They carried the badge of honor well. The women scoring runners posted all new season bests and two of those ran personal bests. The team finished ninth out of 13 teams and just five points behind Lindsey Wilson College, the only other Mid-South Conference team in the race.
Georgetown College women's cross country took to the course Saturday afternoon in the rain, wind and muddy conditions in the Greater Louisville Classic. The Tigers ran against 44 teams and 360 racers, finishing 29th overall and second in the Mid-South Conference teams competing.
"It was a great day for our ladies," said GC coach Luke Garnett. "I was so proud of how we ran. The split between our scoring runners was two minutes flat. That's impressive."
Tayler Godar crossed in 20 minutes 25 seconds for 82nd, fourth best individual performance of MSC harriers and this after two weeks off. Kristen Just was just 14 seconds behind Godar for 106th place.
Georgetown College men's and women's cross country teams took an open weekend to compete and get a preview of the Mid-South Conference Championships in early November.
While the men did not get the team score they had hoped for, the individual results were what pleased coach Lucas Garnett. Five of the seven male harriers ran season-best times and two of those were new personal records.
Rookie Dustin Wheeler set another record for himself with his finish in 30 minutes 26 seconds flat. Ben Peterson was the Tiger setting the pace this weekend, crossing in seventh with a time of 28:12 flat. On his heels in eighth was Jacob Hanser in 28:13.6
Georgetown College men's and women's cross country runners have proven over the years they are fleet of foot, but on Sept. 12 the put dancing shoes on and demonstrated their ability to cut a rug.
First-year coach Lucas Garnett linked up with Sammy Harris, lead minister at Leesburg Christian Church, this past summer. Sally Levi and Sarah Welsh organize an annual Blessing Ball – a dance for special needs adults in Harrison, Scott, Bourbon and Pendleton counties, while Harris oversees the evening as head minister. This is similar to the Jesus Prom held annually in the spring by Southland Christian Church for the Lexington community. This year's theme was Boots and Bling!
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