By Eric Balmer
The women of the Georgetown College cross country team have proved themselves to be stiff competition in their last race. Although the girls had to run a 6k instead of the standard 5k, they were able to prove their prowess.
Several of the schools competing in the race were ranked NCAA Division II or higher. The race was located in Ohio at the Cedarville University’s Invitational, where the Tigers finished second behind NAIA opponents.
Weather was a prevalent issue that everyone involved had to overcome; Cedarville had heavy rain the past few days. With that being said, the course help up pretty well. Men of the Georgetown track team were first, but ran a slightly different route than the women to ensure the course conditions would stay decent.
GC coach Todd McDaniel noted that even though the course made the race a little more difficult, he was happy with the way his team ran. “The footing was a bit tougher and I wanted to gage our runners after the difficult test I tossed at them this past weekend at Centre. They were a bit behind their paces from this past Saturday, but take in the extra distance, conditions and the mild temperature and I’m extremely pleased with this race” (georgetowncollegeathletics.com).
Many of the girls finished among the top of the pack in last Saturday’s race. One GC runner, Tayler Godar, finished 19th in 24:02.74; the only Mid-South Conference opponent that ran a faster time was University of the Cumberland’s Danielle Hoop. Among the top GC finishers, were Mary Jefferson, who finished 28th in 24:35.85, Miranda Mullins finished 36th, with a time of 25:04.39 and Grace Whitworth was the 37th runner to finish with a time of 25:07.36.
On the men’s side, GC finished in eighth place. The men had an 8k course, where they circled the women’s course before cutting through to the finish line.
Sam Heaton was the first GC runner to cross the finish line and had a 28:31.97 time. Two runners, Joe Durbin and Brandon Pulliam, finished right after each other, with times of 29:17.09 and 29:17.70, respectively. GC’s next runners to finish were Jacob Hanser, who finished in 29:36.37 and Ross Lane (29:54.98).
Coach McDaniel was pleased overall with the men’s performance and hopes they continue to improve. “Our men ran well and hopefully learned a lot about what they need to do over the course of the next month before our conference meet” (georgetowncollegeathletics.com).
On Oct. 5, both teams run in the Greater Louisville classic.