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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.
Georgetown College men finished just a fraction of a point from fourth and were within four points of third at the Mid-South Conference Championships this past weekend.
It was a huge leap forward for the men, finishing seventh a year ago and only tallying 45.5 points against the league foes. This year the Tigers tallied 122.5 points just behind Shawnee State University's fourth place finish of 123 and University of Rio Grande edged them out by 3.5 points for third.
"We competed well today and had opportunities," said GC Todd McDaniel. "This program is getting stronger, and I couldn't be more proud of the accomplishment today."
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.