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Georgetown College men's cross country competed in one of the largest races of the season with 42 teams from NCAA Division I to the NAIA level. The Tigers finished 34th with Jacob Hanser leading the way. The senior finished in 111th out of 306 runners in a time of 28 minutes 20 seconds.
"We only had five men runners on the course today," said GC coach Luke Garnett. "With nagging injuries and the cold and rainy weather I just didn't want to chance it.
"However, all five guys did really well and I'm pleased to see the progress of each of those guys."
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."
Georgetown College cross country opened coach Luke Garnett era in the Queen City Invitational. On the men's side only three NAIA teams were in the race. The Tiger male harriers finished third in that group just 23 points behind Asbury University. Overall the men finished 11th out of 12 teams.
On the women's side, GC finished third of four NAIA schools, 36 points behind Berea.
Tayler Godar paced the female harriers. She finished the 6,000-meter run in 24 minutes, six seconds and second among NAIA racers.
Both teams were down in numbers. The men ran just five, meaning every racer's time would be a scoring time. The women had six on the course, but you can race as many as seven.
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