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April 30, 2005

Grove City wins 7th straight PAC title

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's track and field team captured its seventh consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference title Saturday at Washington and Jefferson's Cameron Stadium. The Wolverines accumulated 200 team points, out-distancing host Washington and Jefferson (139), Thiel (93), Westminster (82), Waynesburg (42) and Bethany (29).

Four Grove City athletes earned individual titles. Senior Christine Rummel (Cabot, Pa./Knoch) swept the hurdle events while senior Erin Claxton (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) won both the 5000 and 10000. Rummel won the 100 high hurdles in 16.72 seconds, then took the 400 hurdles in 1:08.39.

Claxton won the 5000 in a PAC-record time of 18:12.79, after opening the meet with a PAC-record setting time of 36:30.3 in the 10000. Claxton has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in the 10000.

Rummel also placed third in the long and triple jumps. She marked at 15 feet, 3 1/2 inches in the long jump, then leaped 33-3 3/4 in the triple jump. Rummel finished with 32 individual points, second only to PAC MVP Kelli Gee of Washington and Jefferson (34 points).

Freshman Carli Gerber (Dalton, Ohio/Dalton) won the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.10 seconds while classmate Brittany Croft (Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield) won the 800 (2:26.29). Gerber also took third in the 200 dash (27.34) while Croft took third in the 1500 (5:24.60).

Sophomore thrower Sarah Bray (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) posted top-four finishes in all three throwing events. Bray took second in the discus with a toss of 121-4. She also took third in the shot (34-8 1/2) and fourth in the javelin (103-9).

Freshman Amanda Hewitt (Greensburg, Pa./Latrobe) finished second in the 1500 (5:07.92) and fourth in the 5000 (20:23.30). Freshman Brittany Moore (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) placed third in the 400 (62.69) and also took fifth in the long jump with a mark of 14-11 1/2. Freshman Kate Bender (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster Central) placed third in the 800 (2:28.85).

Junior Michelle Borza (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) took third in the 100 hurdles (16.95), third in the pole vault (8-6) and fourth in the 400 hurdles (1:14.60) while sophomore Ashley Metcalfe (York, Maine/Portsmouth Christian, N.H.) cleared 4-9 3/4 in the high jump to take third.

Sophomore Cara Pierce (Ogdensburg, N.Y./Canton Central) finished third in the 3000 steeplechase in 12:54.70, breaking the old PAC record of 12:56.70. Pierce also took fifth in the 5000 (20:38.51) and 1500 (5:24.61). Sophomore Michelle Mohr (Grove City, Pa./Homeschooled) finished fourth in the steeplechase in 13:18.73.

Sophomore Kristen Agnew (Boardman, Ohio/Boardman) finished fourth in the 400 (1:03.09) while freshman Kylie Mackaness (New Wilmington, Pa./Wilmington) placed fourth in both the 800 (2:29.00) and 1500 (5:24.61). Freshman Karen Vaughn (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) finished fifth in the 10000 with a time of 50:06.81.

Head coach Dr. Allison Williams earned the conference's Coach of the Year award. Croft finished sixth overall with 22 individual points while Claxton tied for seventh at 20 points.


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