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April 25, 2015

Wolverines repeat as champions

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's track and field team captured its second straight Presidents' Athletic Conference championship Saturday by rolling to the team title in the conference championships at Robert E. Thorn Field. Grove City finished the two-day championships with 186 team points. Westminster finished second with 129 points and Waynesburg claimed third with 101.

Junior Emily Rabenold (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) earned the meet's Most Valuable Performer award after capturing three individual titles. She also earned Track MVP honors after finishing the meet with 36 individual points.

Rabenold recorded three of Grove City's six overall titles. Friday night, she won the 10,000 meters in 39 minutes, 0.29 seconds. Saturday, Rabenold won the 3000 steeplechase in 11:21.60. She then captured the 5000 meters in 18:13.37.

Junior Stevie Huston (Greensburg, Pa./Latrobe) completed Grove City's distance sweep by winning the 1500 in a time of 4:58.33. Junior Eliza Lowe (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) won the 100 hurdles in a conference-record time of 14.82 seconds.

Lowe, junior Allison Blain (Danbury, Conn./Danbury), junior Adrienne Scrima (Westtown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) and sophomore Lauren Pearce (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) closed the meet by winning the 1600-meter relay in 4:03.98.

Lowe, Pearce, Blain and sophomore Sarah Williamson (Mount Wolf, Pa./Northeastern) earned second in the 400 relay with a time of 49.91 seconds. Lowe also took second in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:04.36.

Sophomores Kate Hess (Medina, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) and Rachel Watson (Jackson Center, Pa./Lakeview) each recorded runner-up finishes to help lead the Wolverines in the field events. Hess cleared 4 feet, 10 1/4 inches in the high jump while Watson took second in the triple jump by marking at 34-5.

Scrima captured third place in the 400 hurdles (1:08.01) while Rabenold added a third-place arrival in the 1500 (4:59.15). Sophomore Melanie Packard (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) cleared 10-10 in the pole vault to take third place. Packard also finished fourth in the high jump by clearing 4-10 1/4.

Hess took fourth in the triple jump (33-8 3/4) while Pearce placed fourth in the 400 (1:00.95). Senior Ellie Stoffer (Canfield, Ohio/South Range) finished fourth in the javelin with a best throw of 111-1. Sophomore Kellen McGann (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) placed fourth in the steeplechase (12:06.80) while classmate Lydia Keiper (East Greenville, Pa./Upper Perkiomen) took fourth place in the 10,000 with a time of 40:42.99.

Keiper also came in fifth in the 5000 (19.30.03) while Blain took fifth in the 400 (1:01.25). Huston claimed fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:27.44 while junior Anna Cessar (Slippery Rock, Pa./Slippery Rock) placed fifth in the 1500 (5:02.02). Watson finished fifth in the long jump (14-5) while freshman Margi Haiss (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) took fifth in the discus with a throw of 105-2.

Head coach Todd Gibson earned the conference's Coach of the Year award. Grove City has now won 10 all-time conference titles.

Grove City closes its regular season next Friday by hosting the Family Weekend Invitational at Robert E. Thorn Field.

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