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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.
Georgetown College women's track and field team took another stride forward this past weekend. The women finished fifth with 120 points, seven behind third place University or Rio Grande, in the Mid-South Conference Championships.
The Tigers finished seventh out of eight teams a year ago and just managed 73 points.
"We had a multitude of athletes scoring and were even able to pick up several scoring spots in a couple of events," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "This was a good weekend and a good test against a lot of top competition. We have two meets left to work on qualifying standards and trying to make the national meet."
Georgetown College men's and women's track and field got back to competition Friday and Saturday against several Mid-South Conference foes after spending this past weekend challenging a large group of NCAA Division I and II opponents.
"We need tests like that and the meet at Bellarmine or Louisville always gives us those opportunities," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "Our athletes know that every event is more about testing themselves and challenging themselves than where they place. If we keep improving, when placement counts we will be where we need to be."
Overall the women finished seventh, but only host University of the Cumberlands finished higher out of all the MSC schools. Georgetown scored 48.5, while the Patriots 54.5 put them in sixth. Lindsey Wilson College took 10th and Campbellsville University was 11th.
On the men's side, the Tigers finished 11th with 32 points, beating St. Catharine College, Lindsey Wilson and University of Pikeville. Cumberlands finished second on its own track and Campbellsville just edged GC for 10th with 34 points.
The elements did not make for a pretty day, but the heart of the Georgetown College track and field athletes did. At the Lindsey Wilson Invitational in Columbia, Ky. the men and women finished second. The Tiger women finished with 91 points, second to Campbellsville University's 119. Rounding out the top five schools in the 12 team field was LWC (80), Berea (71) and Spring Arbor (66). Ironically the last two in that list beat GC in weekend one at the Berea Invitational.
On the men's side, Georgetown was nipping at the heels of host Lindsey Wilson. The Tigers scored 98 points to the Blue Raiders 104. Rounding out the top five in the 10 team field was Campbellsville (91), Berea (80) and Bethel (61).
GC's women placed scorers in 10 of the 14 events, while the men had 10 in 15 events. In six of those, the Tigers had one or more athletes pick up points.
Dallas Robinson, Georgetown College assistant track & field coach, has been pursuing his love to compete most of his life. Sunday night his passion turned into an Olympic dream. The USA Bobsledding team officially announced its roster for Sochi, and Robinson was one of 15 athletes (male and female) on it.
"If it weren't for running such a great indoor season in track and being ranked Top 5 in the USA, I wouldn't have even given it a second thought," Robinson said about an Olympic dream. "Then I started bobsledding to help a student-athlete and competed for two years before I even bothered to train for it or tryout.
"I figured, well I've gone this far and it seems this is the Lord's plan for this phase of my life. I might as well jump in with both feet now and live on faith here."