March 25, 2014

Four earn conference honors

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Four Grove City College spring sports athletes earned weekly honors from the Presidents' Athletic Conference Monday afternoon in recognition of their respective performances last week.

The Grove City track and field teams accounted for three of the four awards. Junior Jason Glacken (South Fork, Pa./Forest Hills) earned Men's Field Athlete of the Week while freshman Katelyn Hess (Medina, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) earned Women's Field Athlete of the Week. Sophomore Emily Rabenold (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) captured Women's Track Athlete of the Week laurels.

In men's tennis, junior Peter Riley (Woodbury, Pa./Northern Bedford) captured the conference's Player of the Week award.

Glacken opened the 2014 season Saturday at the California (Pa.) University Early Bird Invitational by taking second place in the discus with a best throw of 130 feet, 2 inches. He finished first among Division III athletes in the field. Glacken also placed fifth in the shot put with a best mark of 41-3.

Hess made her collegiate debut Saturday by winning both the triple and high jumps. She marked at 35-1 in the triple jump, then cleared 4-11 in the high jump. Hess also finished third in the long jump with a best leap of 16-1/2. Hess finished first in the long jump among Division III competitors.

Rabenold won the 5000 meters in 17 minutes, 55.39 seconds and also helped the Wolverines' 3200-meter relay team to victory in a time of 10:00.20. She qualified for the ECAC Championships in both events.

The Grove City track and field teams will host Geneva and Chatham Saturday at 10 a.m.

Riley went a combined 4-0 last week while helping Grove City to a pair of road wins. In Grove City's 8-1 win at Marietta Friday, Riley picked up victories at first singles and first doubles. He downed Marietta's Alex Schaeffer in singles play, 6-4 and 6-1, and also teamed with classmate Colby Beighey (Fombell, Pa./Riverside) for an 8-1 win at first doubles.

Saturday, Riley again secured two victories in Grove City's 9-0 win at conference foe Thomas More. He yielded just one game in a first singles triumph over Sergio Pascual. Riley and Beighey also dropped just three games in a win at No. 1 doubles.

The men's tennis team will visit conference rival Waynesburg Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

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