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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!
Georgetown College men's and women's cross country teams hit the trails for their third meet of the season. The Tigers each finished seventh in the team competition out of 11 teams in the Berea College Cross Country Invitational.
On the women's side, GC coach Lucas Garnett once again rested senior runner Tayler Godar. Kristen Just paced the ladies with a finish in the Top 15. She was 14th in 21 minutes four seconds three tenths of a second to earn an award.
On the men's side, Jacob Hanser led the way for a Top 15 finish. He was also 14th in 28:47.4 for an award.
Georgetown College men's and women's cross country team took a slight detour this weekend. Instead of running in the Shawnee State Invitational, the Tigers traveled to Danville, Ky. for the Centre Invitational.
SSU canceled its meet, but GC coach Lucas Garnett wanted to get his harriers back on the course and running the standard distances for both teams after the opening weekend where the women ran 1,000 meters more than normal and the men 2,000 less.
"We have to keep in mind that our toughest courses are early," Garnett said. "If we learn from these and keep running and training as we have, we will see the results by the end of the season."
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