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February 21, 2015

Grove City posts strong showing at WVU Gold-Blue Open

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The Grove City College men's track and field team won two individual events and a relay and posted several other strong showings at the West Virginia University Gold-Blue Open at WVU's Shell Building on a snowy Saturday afternoon.

Freshman Graham Allen (Upper Dublin, Pa./Chestnut Hill Academy) earned his second-straight victory in the 800 for the Wolverines, claiming the individual win with a victorious time of 1:58.30. Sophomore Nick Betz (Colorado Springs, Colo./Discovery Canyon) also earned a win for Grove City by claiming the 60m hurdles in 8.52 seconds for his first victory of the season. Both Allen and Betz have finished in the top four of their event at each of the season's first four meets.

Betz, Allen, junior Brandon Ward (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory), and sophomore Ryan Buchalter (Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado Springs Christian) also combined for a first-place finish in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:37.68.

Senior Jason Glacken led Grove City's field contingent with a second-place throw of 12.95m in shot put while freshman Nick McClure (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) and sophomore Andrew Mascio (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) finished second (4:46.33) and third (4:49.66), respectively, in the mile.

Buchalter and freshman Quaide Simek (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional) finished second (51.87) and fourth (54.40) in the 400 while junior Jonah Meyer (Cambridge Springs, Pa./Cambridge Springs) took second in the 200 (24.26) and third in the 60 (7.43).

Senior Thomas Whittaker (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) added a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 60 (7.77) and the 200 (24.75).

Grove City returns to action on Thursday afternoon when they compete in the inaugural Presidents' Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Youngstown State University's Watson and Tressel Training Site (WATTS). Competition is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.


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