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Georgetown College men's and women's track and field got another look at some of the stiff Mid-South Conference competition this past weekend at University of the Cumberlands meet. The men finished 13th out of 20 teams, while the women were 16th out of 22.
The men were 34 points behind the closest conference opponent, while the women were 29.5 back.
"At big meets, with so many teams, the points get distributed a lot more," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "The point is we are getting better, seeing our competition and getting ready to make some noise at the championship meet."
Nickolas Slucher's fourth place finish in the 10,000 meter run and the 4x800-meter relay's fourth place finish headlined the men's side. Grant Carr, Erick Mills, Slucher and Austin Snider teamed up for the high relay finish.
Georgetown College men's and women's track and field had to shift game plans with the rain washing out the meet at Bellarmine University. The Tigers picked up a day meet at Centre College. The women finished eighth out of 16 teams, while the men were 11th out of 15.
Tayler Godar led the women with a second and third place finish in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter runs respectively. The women's 4x100-meter relay of Keyvin Parker, Jade Abbott, Tralyn Woodard and Kaya Kelly were 12 hundredths of a second off the GC record and finished third.
Ashlee Howe and Shelby England stacked points in the high jump. Howe finished fourth and England eighth. Bea Cameron and Haley Carr both placed in the points for the 100-meter hurdles. Cameron was sixth and Carr eighth.
Georgetown College women's track and field looked to build on a seventh-place team finish in the opening meet at Transylvania. Friday and Saturday the Tigers competed at the Lindsey Wilson Invitational. They finished fifth with 72 points.
Tayler Godar led the day with two victories, including setting a new record in the 5,000-meter run. The junior finished the 1,500-meter run in four minutes 55 seconds and 21 hundredths of a second for her second win of the season in this race. She later followed that up with an 18:20.35. The previous GC record was Britney Chesser's 18:28.09 set in 2009.
Miranda Mullins helped the Tigers stack points in the 1,500 and in the 800-meter runs. She was third in the 1,500 and took fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:36.02. Karina Egger finished eighth in that race in 2:42.44.
Georgetown College women's track and field got the season started this past weekend by traveling to Transylvania's Pioneer Invitational.
The women just had three competitors tally points, but it was enough for the Tigers to finish seventh out of 10.
Tayler Godar started her attempt to get back to a second straight track and field national meet by winning the 800-meter and 1,500-meter runs. The junior bested both fields by nearly four seconds, taking the 800 in two minutes, 21 seconds and nine one-hundredths of a second. She finished the 1,500-meter run in 4:57.96.
Tayler Godar had one specific goal for herself this season. The sophomore standout in track and field wanted to be the first Tiger to qualify for the NAIA National Track & Field meet since Britney Chesser and Luke Garnett did so in 2010.
Not all that shocking for the Georgetown College harrier, but she did so with a twist of surprise. The Cincinnati, Ohio native ran a 2:15.27 at the Toledo Invitational – a new school record and qualifying time in the 800-meter run – a race she did not even run or train for most of the season.
The meet begins May 22 in Gulf Shores, Ala. The trails are 2 pm Friday and the finals set for 4:50 pm Saturday.