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Men's and women's track teams each post six top 10 finishes at Moravian College Greyhound Invitational

(Posted April 18, 2009)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Juniata College men's and women's track and field teams each came away with six top 10 finishes in a very competitive field at Moravian College's 2009 Greyhound Invitational, held Saturday at Bridegam Track and Calvo Field.

The Greyhound Invitational served as Juniata's final tune-up before the 2009 Landmark Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which take place Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, at Goucher College.

Freshman Kristyn Ginter (Tyrone, Pa./Bellwood-Antis) had Juniata's highest finish of the day on the women's side, with her fourth place effort in the javelin with a throw of 124-01.

In the other field events, sophomore Stephanie Varner (Huntingdon, Pa./Huntingdon Area) was seventh in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 10-0. Freshman Erika Brown (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg) was eighth in the high jump with a mark of 4-11

On the track, freshman Jessica Koenig (Milford, Del./Delaware Valley) was fifth in the 300m steeplechase, with a time of 12:41.57. Junior Laura Rupprecht (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick) was sixth in the 800m run with a time of 2:21.36. Junior Melissa Johnson (Colonia, N.J./John F. Kennedy) was eighth in the 400m hurdles with her time of 1:07.27, and she finished 21st in the 100m hurdles with a time of 17.24 seconds.

Sophomore sprinter Courtney DeGemmis (Lansdale, Pa./Methacton) was 14th in the 400m dash, recording a time of 1:03.65.

Senior thrower Katie Tavenner (Oaks, Pa./Spring-Ford) had three finishes among the top 20, starting with her placement of 14th in the shot put with a mark of 32-10 ¼. She was 16th in the discus with a throw of 99-10, and was 18th in Friday's hammer throw competition with her effort of 116-09.

Newcomer Skylar Kulbacki (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) was 17th in the triple jump with a mark of 32-7 ¾.

The Juniata men's team was led by Dustin Drake (Mount Union, Pa./Mount Union) and Nik Klena (Franklin, Pa./Oil City), who each posted a fourth place finish. Drake was fourth in the javelin with a throw of 195-5, while Klena was fourth in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:18.67.

Trailing Drake in the javelin was Kyle Mazur (Ogdensburg, N.J./Morris Catholic), who was ninth in the javelin with a mark of 179-03, while Kevin Donahue (Sandy Hook, Conn./Newtown) was fifth in the steeplechase with a time of 10:19.68. Mazur also finished 12th in the shot put with his throw of 42-8.

Tripp Rudolph (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) was seventh in the 800m run with a time of 1:56.03, and Nicholas Bauer (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) was 10th in the triple jump with a mark of 41-10 ½.

Among top 20 finishers for the men were Ryan Johnson (Mountaintop, Pa./Crestwood), who was 13th in Friday's hammer throw with an effort of 140-8, and Josh Cavender, with a mark of 39-7 in the shot put in 19th place.

For complete men's results from the 2009 Moravian College Greyhound Invitational, please click here.

For complete women's results from the 2009 Moravian College Greyhound Invitational, please click here.

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