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Rowland sets Point Park record, six runners set career-bests at Walsh-Malone

Oct. 23, 2010

NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- Andrew Rowland set a Point Park University men's cross country record with his time of 26 minutes, one second at the Walsh-Malone Invitaitonal Saturday. The junior from Fox Chapel placed 5th individually to lead a group of six Point Park runners who set career-best times.

Team and Individual Results

As a team, Point Park finished fifth of nine teams. It was the first time this season that Point Park ran in an AMC event, and it finishes the season in two weeks at the American Mideast Conference Meet Nov. 6 at Houghton.

Rowland, who is in his first season at Point Park since transferring from Geneva College, was the first runner to cross the finish line who was not running for team champion Malone University.

Malone, the co-host the No. 4 team in NAIA men's cross country, had the top four individual placements led by champion James Zeuch at 25:12. The next four runners, which included Rowland, each crossed the finish line at virtually the same time, around 26 minutes.

Point Park junior Reuben Rono placed 18th with a career-best time of 27:03. Sophomore Dylan Grunn finished the race in 28:08, which was good for 29th place and a personal best, and he nearly allowed Point Park to get three runners under 28 minutes for the first time evet.

The Pioneers had each of their top five runners finish in under 30 minutes. Other Point Park runners who set career-best times were Chris Kennedy (29:19), Jonathan Rohlf (29:55) and Ian McIntosh (30:15). Senior captain Jared Ferree turned in a time of 33:48.