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April 19, 2009

Wolverines earn 3rd at Indiana

INDIANA, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's track and field team took third out of 12 teams at the Indiana (Pa.) University Ed Fry Invitational at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Wolverines earned 102 points and trailed only NCAA Division II members Indiana (158) and California, Pa. (103).

Three Grove City athletes earned wins Saturday. Junior Matt Ridge (Latrobe, Pa./Latrobe) won the shot put with a mark of 47 feet, 11 inches. On the track senior Dan Spaulding (Rochester, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) and junior Frankie Hourigan (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) each won distance events. Spaulding won the 5000 in 15 minutes, 54.80 seconds while Hourigan took first in the steeplechase with a time of 9:45.40.

Junior Derek Kruse (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) placed second in the 1500 (4:03.70) while senior Chris Huber (Ontario, Ohio/Ontario) recorded a runner-up finish in the shot put (46-6 1/4).

Senior Matt Six (Akron, Ohio/Manchester) posted a pair of fourth-place finishes in the throwing events. He took fourth in the shot put with a mark of 45-2 1/4, then placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 140-4. Junior Andrew Falcone (Pittsburgh, Pa./Robinson Township Christian) took fourth in the steeplechase (10:51.30), one spot ahead of senior Joe McCoy (Newark, Ohio/Newark), who recorded a time of 11:33.80.

Huber added a fifth-place finish in the discus (137-10) while Kruse cleared 6-2 in the high jump in finishing fifth. Sophomore John Fite (Sunnyvale, Calif./Ad Fontes) placed fifth in the 200 with time of 23.12 seconds.

Fite, senior Chris Allebach (Souderton, Pa./Souderton), senior Charlie Roth (Butler, Pa./Homeschooled) and junior Tim Palma (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-Dewitt) took third in the 4x100 relay with a time of 44.25 seconds. Fite, sophomore Cordell Oberholtzer (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata), freshman Nick Philpot (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) and senior Darin Miller (Line Lexington, Pa./Christopher Dock) finished fifth in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:29.41.

Grove City will compete in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships Saturday, April 25 at Westminster College.


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