Point Park University men's cross country -- 2010 season preview
Aug. 26, 2010
PITTSBURGH -- In the 2010 season, the Point Park University men's cross country team will look to build on last year's performance as the Pioneers return all but one runner from 2009. Also, Point Park's seventh-year coach Jim Irvin has added a key transfer to the team.
submitted photo courtesy Lindsay Dill, 2009
Top returners for the Pioneers include junior Reuben Rono (pictured above), from Kenya, and sophomore Dylan Grunn, from Honesdale, Pa. Rono and Grunn were regularly the Pioneers top two performers last season.
Rono's best time last year was 27:57, a career best, at Walsh. In his freshman season, Grunn's best time was 28;24 at Waynesburg.
Sophomore Andrew Witchey, from Lower Burrell, Pa., was consistently the No. 3 man in 2009, and his best race was a 29:50 at Walsh.
Senior Jared Ferree, a native of White Oak, Pa., has battled injuries the last couple of seasons, but he's back for his final year. Ferree turned in a season-best time fo 30:48 in 2009, and he can better than when healthy.
Another returning veteran is Chris Kennedy, a sophomore from Columbiaville, Mich., whose career-best time of 30:48 was at Penn State-Behrend. Rounding out the returners is Joe DeWitt, a sophomore from Cochranton, Pa., who did not compete in any meets last year.
The most notable addition to the Point Park roster this fall is junior Andrew Rowland, a transfer who spent two seasons at Geneva College. A native of Pittsburgh and a Fox Chapel graduate, Rowland was able to break the 28 minute barrier during the 2007 and 2008 seasons at Geneva.
Other additions this year are freshmen Jon Rohlf from Brownsville, Pa., and Chris Swain from Weirton, W.Va., and sophomore Ian McIntosh from West Allegheny High School.
The Pioneers began preseason conditioning Aug. 16 in preperation for their season opener at Westminster Sept. 4. Point Park is entered in six meets leading up to the American Mideast Conference championships Nov. 6 at Houghton.