September 29, 2007

Carter's title helps Grove City earn runner-up

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Junior Kristen Carter (Bellingham, Wash./Bellingham) won the individual title at Lehigh University's Paul Short Invitational Friday afternoon, helping Grove City College place second in the team standings in the 39-team "White" race. Cortland State edged Grove City for the team title, 158-167.

Carter finished the six-kilometer course in 21 minutes, 47 seconds. Carter won by eight seconds over Elizabethtown's Erin Fisher.

Three other Grove City runners recorded top-50 finishes in the 240-runner field. Junior Julia Seward (Elizabethton, Tenn./Science Hill) finished 26th with a time of 23:45 while freshman Emily Pierce (Lisbon, N.Y./Lisbon Central) took 33rd in 23:56. Freshman Brigitte Fryan (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) posted a time of 24:13, good for 45th.

Freshman Jessica Vernon (Butler, Pa./Butler) crossed the finish line in 62nd (24:34) while senior Rachael Smith (Columbia, Md./Hammond) took 82nd overall (24:54).

Cortland State entered the weekend ranked sixth in the Atlantic Region by the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Grove City finished ahead of five squads that are currently ranked in the Mideast Region Top 10. The Wolverines entered the weekend unranked.

Grove City will return to action next Saturday, October 6, at the Slippery Rock University Invitational.


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