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May 1, 2010

Wolverines take 2nd

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's track and field team earned second place at the 2010 Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships Saturday at the College's Robert E. Thorn Field. The Wolverine thinclads accumulated 147 1/3 team points to earn runner-up honors. Washington & Jefferson won the team title with 165 points.

Three Grove City performers earned wins Saturday. Senior Frankie Hourigan (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) won the 3000 steeplechase in 10 minutes, 3.04 seconds to lead the Wolverines on the track. Two Wolverine throwers earned victories. Senior Matt Six (Akron, Ohio/Manchester) won the discus with a school-record throw of 161 feet, 4 inches while senior Matt Ridge (Latrobe, Pa./Latrobe) won the shot put with a heave of 50 feet, 1/2 inch.

Six also took second in the shot put (47-5 1/4). Sophomore Scott Harman (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) earned a pair of second-place finishes in the field for Grove City. Harman cleared 13-5 1/4 in the pole vault and threw the javelin 176 feet, 8 inches to finish second.

Senior Derek Kruse (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) placed second in the 1500 (4:11.00). Additionally, he finished second in the high jump by clearing 6-4.

Grove City closed the meet by earning second in the 1600-meter relay. The quartet of sophomore Nick Philpot (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown), senior Tim Palma (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-Dewitt), Kruse and junior John Fite (Sunnyvale, Calif./Ad Fontes) recorded a runner-up time of 3:26.20.

Ridge took third in the discus (142-6) while freshman Sam Shesman (North East, Pa./North East) placed third in the 800 with a time of 1:59.63. He earned 10 points as the top finisher from an institution eligible for the conference title.

Frosh Josiah Husk (Bloomington, Ill./University) took fourth in the 800 (2:00.06) while classmate Patrick Miller (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland) placed fourth in the 400 hurdles (59.09). Freshman Francis Ridge (Derby, N.Y./Lake Shore) took fourth in the 10,000 with a 36:20.01 clocking.

Fite finished fifth in the 400 (51.41) and Hourigan took fifth in the 1500 (4:19.85).

Bethany's Taylor McNeil earned Track MVP honors while W&J's Josh Buckley captured Field MVP laurels. W&J coach Mark FitzPatrick received Coach of the Year.

Grove City has won 17 conference titles in the last 26 years.


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