November 15, 2008

Wolverines take 5th at Mideast Championships

WAYNESBURG, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's cross country team placed fifth out of 44 teams Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Mideast Championships, hosted by Waynesburg University at the Greene County Airport. Grove City accumulated 186 points to earn fifth place. Johns Hopkins won the team title with 80 points while Dickinson took second with 129.

Seniors Kristen Carter (Bellingham, Wash./Bellingham) and Julia Seward (Elizabethton, Tenn./Science Hill) both posted top-five finishes for Grove City. Carter took second overall with a time of 22 minutes, 6 seconds for six kilometers. Seward followed in third place with a time of 22:12.

Both Carter and Seward will advance to next week's NCAA Division III Championships in Hanover, Ind. It is Carter's third trip to the NCAA Championships. She earned All-America honors in 2007. Seward also qualified for the 2007 NCAA Championships as a junior.

Sophomore Brigitte Fryan (Canton, Ohio/Massillon Jackson) placed 43rd with a time of 24:01 while sophomore Emily Pierce (Lisbon, N.Y./Lisbon Central) finished 63rd in 24:33. Freshman Mary Rachel Robbins (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport) placed 75th in 24:45.

Also for Grove City, junior Rachel Nelson (Dover, Mass./Lexington Christian) finished 83rd (24:54) and freshman Allison Heslop (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) took 134th in 25:44.

Ursinus runner Christa Johnson won the individual title with a time of 22:01. A total of 305 runners participated in the event.

Grove City placed sixth in the Mideast Region last year. As a team, the Wolverines are in contention to earn an invitation to the NCAA Championships. The field of teams advancing to the Championships will be announced Sunday.


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