Point Park wins Pitt-Greensburg Invitational, Rowland takes first individually
Oct. 2, 2010
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- The Point Park University men's cross country team won the team championship at the Pitt-Greensburg Invitational on Saturday led by Andrew Rowland, who placed first individually.
Pictured: Andrew Rowland competes is a race earlier this year. Photo by Chelsey Engel.
Rowland, a junior from Pittsburgh who transferred from Geneva College, won the men's 8K by 12 seconds over the nearest competitor with a winning time of 27:38. Rowland's first individual title and his third top-five placement in four meets led the way for the Pioneers, who had five runners among the top 15 finishers.
Point Park had a team score of 41 points to place first of eight teams and was eight points ahead of second-placed Thiel at 49. The victory was the first for Point Park under sixth-year coach Jim Irvin. Rowland's individual title was the first for the Pioneers since the talented Jesse Bender finished his career four years ago.
Hiram placed third with 51 points and also had the second-place individual in Joe Hengoed at 27:50 as only two runners were able to break the 28-minute mark.
On a course that proved to be a very difficult 8K with two big hills and a bumpy track, Rowland won despite turning in his slowest time of the year. His previous low was 27:12 at Waynesburg, but on Saturday, he was still able to negotiate the tough layout a lot better than anyone else in the field and cruised to victory.
Reuben Rono, a junior from Kenya, placed 5th for Point Park with a time of 28:56. It was the second top-5 for Rono at that course as he was third overall in the 2008 race.
Sophomore Dylan Grunn, from Honesdale, Pa., was not far behind Rono with a time of 29:03, which was good for sixth place.
Point Park's team score of 41 was completed when sophomores Andrew Witchey (30:52) and Chris Kennedy (30:53) placed 14th and 15th, respectively.
Freshman John Rohlf was 20th at 31:47 and classmate Ian McIntosh had a time of 32:22 to give Point Park seven runners in the top 22 places. Jared Ferree (34:26) and Joe DeWitt (36:17) also competed for Point Park.
Point Park visits the Carnegie Mellon Invitational next Saturday, Oct. 9.