Rowland places 2nd, Pioneers take 5th of 10 teams at St. Vincent Invitational
Sept. 25, 2010
LATROBE, Pa. -- Point Park University's Andrew Rowland placed second individually with a time of 26:56 to lead the Pioneers men's cross country team to 5th place of 10 teams at the St. Vincent Invitational Saturday.
Rowland, a junior from Pittsburgh and Fox Chapel High School, was just six second behind first-place finisher, Ryan Barlow (26:50) of the home team St. Vincent. There were 91 runners in the field.
The second-place showing was the best of the year for Rowland, a transfer who spent his first two years at Geneva College. It was not his best time of the year, however, as that came at the season-opening Westminster meet when he was fourth place at 26:49.
Rowland's time registered the fastest finish ever for a Point Park men's runner at the St. Vincent meet.
Point Park also got a nice showing from junior Reuben Rono (Kapsabet, Kenya), who placed 21st with a time of 28:15. Rono set a season-best time Saturday, and it was 23 seconds faster than his previous-best of 2010.
Sophomore Dylan Grunn (Honesdale, Pa./Abington Heights) was a little hobbled Saturday, and he was 39th at 29:28. That time was over a minute off the pace of what Grunn had been running in the first two meets.
Andrew Witchey, a sophomore from Lower Burrell, finished the 8K in 30:18, and Jon Rohlf, a freshman from Brownsville, was not far behind at 30:30.
Rounding out the top seven for the Pioneers were freshman Ian McIntosh (31:06) and sophomore Chris Kennedy (31:30).
Senior captain Jared Ferree had a time of 34:14, and Joe DeWitt came it at 35:08.
Point Park had a team score of 146. The team champion was St. Vincent with 31 points, and Geneva was second with 98.
Point Park started a stretch of three consecutive weeks in action on Saturday. That stretch continues next week at Pitt-Greensburg.