November 10, 2007

Grove City 6th at Mideast Championships; 2 qualify for NCAAs

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's cross country team finished sixth out of 41 teams Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, hosted by Muhlenberg College. The Wolverines tallied 212 team points to earn a sixth-place tie with Swarthmore. Dickinson won the team title with 53 points while Haverford placed second with 110 points.

Grove City juniors Kristen Carter (Bellingham, Wash./Bellingham) and Julia Seward (Elizabethton, Tenn./Science Hill) have both qualified for next weekend's NCAA Division III Championships in Northfield, Minn. Carter earned fifth place with a six-kilometer time of 21 minutes, 56 seconds. It is her second straight trip to the NCAA Championships.

Seward, meanwhile, finished 12th with a time of 22:25. The top seven individual finishers who are not from teams that automatically advance to the NCAA Championships are also invited to the national championships. Runners from Dickinson and Haverford, the top two finishing teams, claimed six of the first 13 places.

Both Carter and Seward also earned All-Region honors.

Freshman Emily Pierce (Lisbon, N.Y./Lisbon Central) finished 48th with a time of 23:20 while classmate Brigitte Fryan (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) took 56th in 23:38. Senior Adrienne Sharp (Mountain Top, Pa./Danville) took 91st with a time of 24:06.

Also for the Wolverines, sophomore Rachel Nelson (Dover, Mass./Lexington Christian) placed 107th (24:25) and freshman Jessica Vernon (Butler, Pa./Butler) took 122nd in 24:40.

Carter and Seward will compete in the NCAA Championships next Saturday, November 17 in Northfield, Minn. St. Olaf is the host institution.


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