In athletics, the saying goes, if you cannot play, coach. However, one Georgetown College head coach is proving that adage wrong. Former Tiger great and current women’s crosscountry and track and field coach Betsy Evans Laski, ’05, is having a very solid running season of her own.
In four races this year, she has finished first in her age division three times. The other, she finished 52nd amon women in her age group and 142nd (out of 10,074 females who finished) in a little run called the Boston Marathon.
“I thought it was pretty cool that I was the first female from KY this year,” said Laski, who was 2,036 out of 23,913 finishers overall (male and female runners). Her time of three hours, four minutes and 16 seconds, a 7:01 minute-mile pace, was 42 minutes behind the winning time of 2:22:36.
Laski won the 7th Annual Lory’s Place 5k Run/Walk/Rock race in St. Joseph, Mich., May 21. Her time of 18:55 was 35 seconds better than the next closest competitor.
“I probably won my most unique award to date for that race, a rocking chair,” Laski said. “Sadly, it’s still in Michigan because I had no way to get it home.”
On June 4, she won the Run for the Nun in Lexington and just this past weekend finished first in her age division (25-29) and third female in the Bluegrass 10k. She finished in a time of 38:27, 1:14 behind the winner and 10 seconds behind second place.
She also finished third among all females last year in the BG 10k in 38:20, her best for Lexington’s annual 4th of July race.
“I seem to be getting better with age, I guess we’ll see how long that lasts,” Laski said.
The Lexington native has run it eight straight years and has seven silver bowls and one mint julep cup to show for it.
Coaching her two sports at GC, Laski said, is “one of my big motivators for staying in shape.” She’s really looking forward to this fall to running with four outstanding, incoming freshmen girls. “They all have a chance to be in our top five and make a real impact.”
The squad will have a chance to learn from the very-much-in-shape 2005 Mid-South Conference Co-Athlete of the Year. And, lest you think Laski is all about running, she has a day job: public administration specialist with the Bluegrass Area Development District, dealing with community issues in 17 central Kentucky counties.