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April 26, 2014


NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's track and field captured its first Presidents' Athletic Conference title since 2005 by amassing 222 points at the 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships, held Friday and Saturday at Westminster College's Memorial Field.

The Wolverines earned a 59-point margin of victory over runner-up Westminster (163 points). It is the largest margin of victory at the conference championships since 2005, when Grove City won by 61 points. The 222 team points are the most at the conference championships by any school since Grove City's 238-point effort in 2003.

Two Grove City athletes earned individual awards at the Championships. Sophomore Emily Rabenold (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) earned the league's Most Valuable Performer honor while freshman Katelyn Hess (Medina, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) captured Field Athlete of the Year laurels.

Fourth-year head coach Todd Gibson earned the conference's Coach of the Year award.

Rabenold recorded three of Grove City's seven wins during the meet. She won the 10,000 meters in 40 minutes, 8.29 seconds Friday night and then won the 3000 steeplechase Saturday with a meet-record time of 11:12.09. Rabenold closed her weekend by winning the 5000 in 18:10.84.

Hess won the triple jump with a best leap of 34 feet, 3 inches. She also took third in the high jump (4-10 1/4) and fourth in the long jump (16-3 1/4).

Sophomore Eliza Lowe (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) swept the hurdles for Grove City. She won the 100 hurdles in a school-record time of 14.67 seconds and then took the 400 hurdles in 1:04.19. Meanwhile, junior Sadie Malone (Mount Vernon, Ohio/Mount Vernon) won the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 1/4 inch.

Four Grove City performers posted runner-up honors. Freshman Rachel Watson (Jackson Center, Pa./Lakeview) took second in the triple jump (33-9 1/2) while senior Laurel Skorup (Sandwich, Ill./Sandwich) finished second in the steeplechase (11:44.36).

Senior Cayla Clawson (York, Pa./Central York) took second in the 1500 (4:56.98) and sophomore Janice Novacek (Hopewell, Pa./Hopewell) finished second in the 800 (2:26.30). Novacek also took third in the 1500 (5:02.88) while Clawson claimed third in the 800 (2:26.95).

Lowe, sophomore Allison Blain (Danbury, Conn./Danbury), sophomore Bethany Easom (Keller, Texas/Saline) and freshman Lauren Pearce (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) closed the meet by finishing third in the 1600 relay (4:04.79).

Skorup took fourth in the 5000 (19:07.16) while fellow senior Austin Powell (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) came home fourth in the 800 (2:28.44). Junior Kara Cremean (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) finished fourth in the 1500 (5:03.74) and senior Sarah Cessar (Slippery Rock, Pa./Slippery Rock) captured fourth in the steeplechase (12:01.32).

Senior Shannon Bishop (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) finished fourth in the triple jump with a best mark of 33-3 1/4.

Five Grove City athletes recorded fifth-place finishes. Powell claimed fifth in the 1500 (5:04.54) while sophomore Stevie Huston (Greensburg, Pa./Latrobe) took fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:28.70.

Freshman Melanie Packard (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) cleared 10-2 to take fifth in the pole vault. Junior Ellie Stoffer (Canfield, Ohio/South Range) finished fifth in the javelin (95-6) and freshman Sarah Williamson (Mount Wolf, Pa./Northeastern) earned fifth in the long jump (16-2 1/4).

This year's championship marks the ninth in program history. Grove City won seven straight titles from 1999 to 2005.

Grove City will host an invitational at Robert E. Thorn Field Friday afternoon.


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