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Georgetown College cross country and track and field programs will have a new front face this season, however, Luke Garnett is no stranger to either programs. Long-time coach Todd McDaniel has decided to retire from coaching, for now, and Georgetown is pleased to announce Garnett as the new head coach.
"Luke is a natural fit for our program, and we are excited to have him on board," said Georgetown Director of Athletics Brian Evans. "He knows the school. He loves the school. He knows the student-athletes and loves helping them reach for new goals.
"It is never easy to lose a coach of the caliber of Todd, with his work ethic, passion and the way he cares about Georgetown and the student-athletes. However, we all understand the need to take a step back and focus on family. We wish him all the best and expect to see him around still. Since his graduation, he's had a hand in helping develop both of track and cross country programs. We know Georgetown will always be near and dear to his heart."
McDaniel, a 2002 GC graduate, became an assistant coach following graduation and has guided the cross country men's team since 2010 and took over the women's team in 2013. He was key in restarting the track and field program in 2005, where he coached the men since 2009 and took the women over in 2014.
Georgetown College men's and women's track and field went to Columbia, Ky. this past weekend and stacked a bunch of points and finished fifth in their respective Mid-South Conference Championships.
Two new records were set on the women's side. Marissa Hale, Karina Egger, Miranda Mullins and Tayler Godar finished third in the 4x800-meter relay, but destroyed the school record by nearly nine seconds. The old mark of 10 minutes two seconds and 56 hundredths of a second fell as the foursome finished in 9:53.71.
Jade Abbott's third place finish in the 400-meter run was also a new standard for Georgetown. The Tiger finished in 1:02.39 almost a full second faster than the 1:03.19 set in 2012.
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 men's track and field finished fifth in the team's first scoring meet of the season. They had several runners compete at Transylvania during the opening weekend, but with a larger group at Lindsey Wilson College were able to tally 78 points for a solid finish.
The Tigers scored nearly half their points in the 400-meter dash. Denzel Cain won the race in 52 seconds and six hundredths of a second. Austin Keene was third in 52.54. Erick Mills crossed in sixth in 53.88 and Christian Marshall was eighth in 55.37. In that race alone, GC scored 20 points.
They stacked points in the 200-meter dash, 4x400-meter relay, pole vault and discus events as well.
Keene took fifth in the 200, while Micah Crawford was sixth.