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April 26, 2008

Wolverines win 4th straight PAC title

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's track and field team captured its fourth straight Presidents' Athletic Conference champion Saturday evening at the 2008 PAC Championships, hosted by Washington & Jefferson College at Cameron Stadium. Grove City accumulated 212.5 team points and nipped Thiel for the team title. Thiel had 205.5 points.

Five Grove City athletes earned individual victories for Grove City. Senior pole vaulter Matt Kulinski (Oil City, Pa./Oil City) set a new Grove City record by clearing 15 feet, 1/4 inch Saturday. It is Kulinski's second straight conference title.

Senior Bob Perri (Washington, Pa./Trinity) won the shot put with a mark of 52-1 while sophomore Sean Domer (Indiana, Pa./United) won the javelin with a throw of 188-5. Senior Chris Andrew (Bow, N.H./Bow) won the 3000 steeplechase with a time of 10 minutes, 3.65 seconds.

Senior Greg Kroleski (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) won the 5000 with a time of 16:23.24, as Grove City scored five of six runners in that event.

Three other Grove City athletes were crowned PAC champions based upon their finish. Due to Geneva and Saint Vincent both having provisional status in NCAA Division III, athletes from those two schools cannot score points or earn All-PAC honors at the PAC Championships. Thus, junior Tim Su (Lancaster, Pa./Conestoga Valley) is crowned PAC champion in the 10,000 after placing second overall in 34:05.22

Sophomore Derek Kruse (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) earned the PAC title in the 1500 with a time of 4:04.13. Kruse took second overall in the race. Meanwhile, junior Darin Miller (Line Lexington, Pa./Christopher Dock) finished behind a pair of Saint Vincent runners in the 800 and therefore earned First Team All-PAC with a time of 1:57.44.

Kruse also cleared 6-2 3/4 to take second in the high jump while senior Justin Fowler (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) threw the discus 142-10 to earn second. Junior Chris Huber (Ontario, Ohio/Ontario) marked at 47-3/4 in the shot put, good for second place. Sophomore Frankie Hourigan (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) finished second in the steeplechase with a time of 10:04.68.

Perri placed third in the discus (142-1) while junior Dan Spaulding (Rochester, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) recorded a pair of third-place finishes. Spaulding took third in the 10000 (34:18.66), then finished third in the 5000 (16:39.79).

Su also took fourth in the 5000 (16:40.89) while junior Jon Coopersmith (Sellersville, Pa./Pennridge) took fourth in the 800 with a time of 1:57.81. Sophomore Royce Hyland (Boise, Idaho/Boise) placed fourth in the 1500 (4:09.37) while freshman John Fite (Sunnyvale, Calif./Ad Fontes) grabbed fourth in the 400 with a time of 51.57. Senior Dave Hodge (Enon Valley, Pa./Mohawk) placed fourth in the triple jump (42-9 3/4) while sophomore Tony Clark (Stow, Ohio/Stow) threw the discus 141 feet to place fourth.

Senior Bob Rummel (Cabot, Pa./Knoch) recorded three fifth-place finishes for the Wolverines. He marked at 21-9 in the long jump and also posted a best leap of 42-3 1/2 in the triple jump. Rummel also finished fifth in the 110 hurdles (15.70).

Senior Nate Wool (Dillsburg, Pa./Bermudian Springs) took fifth in the steeplechase (10:56.72) while freshman Cordell Oberholtzer (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) crossed fifth in the 5000 (16:46.09). Junior Chris Allebach (Souderton, Pa./Souderton) placed fifth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 57.38 seconds.

Allebach, Miller, Coopersmith and junior Tim Palma (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-Dewitt) closed the meet by taking third in the 1600 relay with a time of 3:25.74.

It is Grove City's ninth PAC title in the last 10 years. Grove City's current four-year run began in 2005 at Cameron Stadium. Kulinski's pole vault mark breaks the record of 15-0, set by Mike Van Grouw in 1995. Kulinski is the first Grove City athlete to break a school field record since Van Grouw 13 years ago.


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