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April 27, 2013

Grove City captures second

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's track and field team placed second out of nine teams at the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships Saturday, hosted by Washington & Jefferson College at Cameron Stadium.

The Wolverines accumulated 150 team points in the two-day event and trailed Waynesburg by only four points in the tightly-bunched team standings. Washington & Jefferson finished third with 148.5 points and Westminster placed fourth at 134.5 points.

Two Grove City performers recorded individual victories in the meet. Junior Sadie Malone (Gates Mills, Ohio/Mount Vernon) won the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 2 1/4 inches while freshman Eliza Lowe (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) won the 100 hurdles in a school-record time of 14.95 seconds.

Grove City also posted four runner-up performances in the championships. Lowe captured second in the 400 hurdles in a school-record time of 1:04.29. Senior Ella Smith (Becker, Minn./Becker) earned second in the 10,000 meters Friday night with a time of 39:48.74 and then finished second in the 5000 Saturday in 18:35.06.

Junior Laurel Skorup (Sandwich, Ill./Sandwich) took second in the 3000 steeplechase (11:54.93).

Smith also took third in the 1500 (4:50.02). Senior Mary Kate Breese (Mercer, Pa./Mercer) earned third in the 10,000 (39:48.80) and the 5000 (18:36.33). Junior Cayla Clawson (York, Pa./Central York) earned third in the 800 (2:26.30) while classmate Sarah Cessar (Slippery Rock, Pa./Slippery Rock) took third in the steeplechase with a time of 11:58.70.

Lowe, freshman Allison Blain (Danbury, Conn./Danbury), sophomore Lauren McGarvey (Reynoldsville, Pa./Punxsutawney) and sophomore Mara Womer (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) closed the meet by finishing third in the 1600 relay with a time of 4:09.03.

Womer also finished fourth in the 400 hurdles (1:06.22). Senior Anna Dunsworth (Erie, Pa./Strong Vincent) finished fourth in the 10,000 (39:53.78) and freshman Emily Rabenold (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) earned fourth in the 1500 (5:00.76).

Senior Melissa Knepper (Tallmadge, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) led Grove City's throwers by finishing fourth in the javelin with a best toss of 115-1.

Lowe, Malone, Blaine and Womer combined for a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter relay (52.05). Malone marked at 15-3 1/4 in the long jump to earn fifth. Rabenold garnered fifth in the 10,000 (40:09.01) while Clawson captured fifth in the 1500 (5:01.58). Sophomore Kara Cremean (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) took fifth in the steeplechase with a 12:24.23 clocking.

Malone also took sixth in the triple jump (31-11 1/2) while freshman Macie Malone (Gates Mills, Ohio/Cornerstone Christian) took sixth in the long jump (15-0). Dunsworth finished sixth in the 1500 (5:02.13) and sophomore Ellie Stoffer (Canfield, Ohio/South Range) took sixth in the javelin with a throw of 107-5.

Blain earned seventh in the 400 (1:01.37) and sophomore Caroline Kimpel (Columbiana, Ohio/Columbiana) took seventh in the 800 (2:29.92). Freshman Janice Novacek (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) took seventh place in the 1500 (5:02.21), one spot ahead of Kimpel (5:03.23). Womer claimed eighth in the 100 hurdles (16.79) while senior Sara Fisher (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick) took eighth in the 5000 (19:41.48). Freshman Anna Cessar (Slippery Rock, Pa./Slippery Rock) finished eighth in the 800 in 2:30.87.

The second place finish marks Grove City's best since earning runner-up in 2006. The Wolverines placed fourth each of the last three seasons.

Several Grove City performers have qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in Springfield, Mass., May 16-17.


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