November 22, 2014

Rabenold earns All-America, finishes 28th at nationals

MASON, Ohio -- Junior Emily Rabenold (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) became the third women's cross country runner in Grove City College history to earn All-America honors by finishing 28th at the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championships at the Kings Island Golf Center on Saturday afternoon.

Rabenold completed the six-kilometer course in 22 minutes, 21.0 seconds to finish 28th overall and fourth among Mideast Region competitors in the 280-runner field this season to earn her first career All-America honor from the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The USTFCCCA honors the top 35 finshers at the national meet as All-Americans.

A two-time Presidents' Athletic Conference MVP and All-Region honoree, Rabenold is the first Grove City women's cross country runner to earn All-America honors since standout Kristen Carter finished 26th at the national meet in Northfield, Minn., in 2007 during her junior season. Elisa Pedersen became Grove City's first women's cross country All-American in 2004 and earn a second honor in 2005.

Today's race marks Rabenold's second appearance at the NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships and her third overall national championships appearance. She finished 179th out of 280 runners at the 2013 Championships in Hanover, Ind., last fall before posting a 15th-place finish in the steeplechase at the 2014 DIII Track and Field Championships at Ohio Wesleyan in the spring.

Stevens Institute of Technology's junior Amy Regan won the women's individual race with a time of 20:51.9. Mideast Region champion Johns Hopkins won the national team title with 87 points, placing all five scoring runners in the top 37.


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