November 1, 2014
Grove City claims 26th straight PAC title; Rabenold MVP
WHEELING, W.Va. -- Junior Emily Rabenold (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) rolled to her second-straight Presidents' Athletic Conference individual crown as the Grove City College women's cross country team avenged a mid-season loss to Waynesburg to defeat the Jackets by eight points and claim their 26th consecutive PAC title on Saturday afternoon at the 2014 conference championships, hosted by Bethany.
Grove City placed three runners in the top five en route to compiling a team score of 29 points, beating Waynesburg's second-place total of 37 by eight points. The victory marks the smallest margin of victory at the conference championships since the Wolverines edged the Jackets 32-35 at the 2006 championships.
Rabenold posted a victorious time of 22 minutes, 38.4 seconds for the six-kilometer course to earn PAC Most Valuable Performer honors for the second year in a row, cruising to a 33-second victory over Waynesburg's Julie Gerber.
Junior Stevie Huston (Greensburg, Pa./Latrobe) joined Rabenold on the All-PAC First Team by finishing third with a time of 23:34.7 while freshman Martha Mihm (Stone Ridge, N.Y./Rondout Valley) also earned First Team honors with her fifth-place time of 23:52.7.
Freshman Mackenzie Klinvex (Wexford, Pa./Shady Side Acad.) earned a spot on the All-PAC Second Team by posting an eighth-place time of 23:57.5 while senior Kara Cremean (Vermillion, Ohio/Vermillion) also earned Second Team honors by finishing 12th in 24:27.0 to round out the Grove City scoring.
Junior Emily Townsend (Tucker, Ga./Killian Hill Christian) finished 17th in 24:46.7 while sophomore Lydia Keiper (East Greenville, Pa./Upper Perkiomen) placed 18th (24:49.8), sophomore Tabitha Walker (Lexington, Ky./Homeschooled) was 20th (24:54.4) and senior Caroline Kimpel (Columbiana, Ohio/Columbiana) as all four ladies earned All-PAC Honorable Mention.
Three additional Wolverines finished among the top third of the 105-runner field on the afternoon. Sophomore Kellen McGann (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) finished 24th (25:01.0), freshman Haley Woodruff (Orrville, Ohio/Orrville) was 27th (25:14.1) and junior Courtney Shultz (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) took 35th (25:39.4).
Grove City returns to action on Friday when they compete at the College of Wooster Twilight 5K at 7 p.m.
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