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Pair of D9 Alums Help GCC Men’s Track Take 2nd at PAC Championships

James Parenti. Photo courtesy Grove City College Athletics

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Three Grove City College men’s track and field performers earned event wins at the 2022 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships, helping the Wolverines accumulate their highest team total in 13 seasons at the two-day meet, held at West Virginia University’s Mylan Park.

Grove City finished with 149 points, good for second place in the 10-team field. Westminster won the team title with 151 points.

Grove City swept the throwing events as senior D.J. Mulroy (Sunderland, Vt./Burr and Burton), junior James Parenti (Hilliards, Pa./Moniteau) and sophomore Nick Gustafson (Newburg, Pa./Shippensburg) each secured wins.

Mulroy won the javelin with a best throw of 188 feet, 3 inches, while Parenti’s toss of 151-10 won the discus. Gustafson won the shot put with a top heave of 50-6.

Parenti also took second in the shot put (45-7 3/4) while senior Seth Ray (Brookville, Pa./Brookville) captured runner-up in the javelin (170-10).

The Wolverines also recorded a pair of second-place finishes in distance events on the track. Senior Noah Callinan (Dayton, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) earned second in the 10,000 meters with a time of 33 minutes, 22.74 seconds. Freshman Alex Hemmerlin (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) took second in the 3000 steeplechase with a time of 10:17.15.

Senior Nathan Warrick (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) followed Hemmerlin in third place with a time of 10:17.16. Senior Andrew Longjohn (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) took third in the long jump (21-8 3/4). Freshman Ryan Lenhart (New Castle, Pa./Shenango) placed third in the shot put (44-3/4). He also finished fourth in the discus with a mark of 133-9.

Callinan claimed fourth in the 5000 (15:52.22) while sophomore Gabe Dunlap (Harrison City, Pa./Penn-Trafford) produced a pair of fourth-place finishes. Dunlap cleared 10-3/4 in the pole vault and marked at 21-7 1/2 in the long jump.

Freshman Joseph Whipkey (Jeannette, Pa./Penn-Trafford), classmate Joseph Allred (Des Moines, Wash./Mount Rainier), junior Tyler Eagan and sophomore Cory Boyer (Annville, Pa./Annville-Cleona) combined to take fourth in the 1600 relay (3:31.67).

Boyer took fifth in both hurdle events. He posted a time of 16.14 seconds in the 110 high hurdles, then completed the 400 hurdles in 52.05 seconds.

Sophomore J.D. Black (Johnstown, Pa./Richland) earned fifth in the javelin (160-2) and discus (131-11). Freshman Dalton Foore (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg) placed fifth in the shot put with a heave of 43-6 1/2.

Eagan, Dunlap, Longjohn and freshman Jack Steinmetz (Philadelphia, Pa./Malvern Prep) took fifth in the 400 relay (44.84).

Ray cleared 5-7 in the high jump, earning sixth place. Whipkey took sixth in the 800 (1:58.44) while Allred finished sixth in the 400 (52.05).

Longjohn took seventh in the javelin (156-0) and triple jump (41-11 1/4). Junior Bergen Weiner (Osceola, Pa./Wellsboro) earned seventh in the 3000 steeplechase (10:34.19). Freshman Jonah DeWitt (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) took seventh in the 5000 (16:00.59).

Dunlap scored with eighth-place finishes in the high jump (5-7) and javelin (154-9). Longjohn finished eighth in the 100 meters (11.28) and freshman Andrew Coffee (Salem, Ohio/West Branch) placed eighth in the 400 hurdles (1:02.82).

Several Grove City men have qualified for the All-Atlantic Region Championships, which will be held May 18-19 at Moravian University in Bethlehem, Pa.

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