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Georgetown College had up and down times this past weekend at the Mid-South Conference Meet, but in the end challenged itself and set several new Tiger records.
"It's the way it goes sometimes," said GC coach Todd McDaniel. "You will have off days and meets. However, I was really pleased overall to see us make improvements in a couple of areas. You want to win the conference meet for bragging rights, but we still have two more big meets that could determine our placing some athletes at the national meet. That is what matters."
Georgetown College women's track and field is proving to be a force of which to take notice. This past weekend at University of the Cumberlands invitational, the Tigers finished second among conference teams at the meet. Overall they finished fifth with 63 points, host UC was the lone school to score better with 69 points in fourth.
Lindsey Wilson College finished sixth with 62 points. St. Catharine College was the lone other Mid-South Conference in the 14-team field. It finished eighth with 24 points.
Georgetown College men's and women's track and field teams tested their early season status against fellow Mid-South Conference foes this past weekend in the Lindsey Wilson College Invitational.
The men finished fifth out of eight, while the women were fourth. Keith Arutoff led the way for the Tigers in the field events. The senior set a new personal record in the hammer with a toss of 48.73, edging the Lindsey Wilson thrower by .7 meters. He scored another 10 points for the Tigers with his win in the discus with a throw of 43.14, almost two meters better than another Blue Raider.
Keith Arutoff chiseled out a new meet record at the Mid-South Conference Championship this past weekend, defending his own title and making sure Georgetown College is the only place to win the male hammer throw since it became an event in 2010.
The two-time winner eradicated the meet standard he set a season ago with a 45.53 toss, setting a new GC record as well. His 2011 conference throw was 40.81. Earlier this season he threw a 41.16 at the meet in Hanover, IN.
Obliterating a record is not uncommon for the junior. He was throwing 41.45 during his sophomore season in discus, but the second meet this year he threw a 45.49.
Danielle Buford had a phenomenal weekend meet at University of the Cumberlands, winning her individual races in record time and helping two relays to finish in the top five. The junior picked up the Mid-South Conference Track Athlete of the Week honors for the first time.
"Unfortunately, I could not be there to see it," said GC coach Betsy Laski, who just gave birth to her first child Sunday, "but Danielle is a great athlete and member of our team. She is a true leader on our team and dedicated to the process it takes to be a successful track athlete. I was so excited to hear how well she had done and that she is receiving the recognition she deserves."