2.4.12 MEN'S TRACK & FIELD: Justin Groubert, 4x200 Relay Team Wins at Jim Wuske Invite

Men's Track & Field, 2012-02-05

The Walsh men’s track and field team continues to improve as the squad brought home a pair of first place finishes at the Jim Wuske Invitational at the University of Mount Union on Saturday. Justin Groubert (Fr., Hartville, OH/Lake) continues his impressive year with a win in the 3,000 meter run, while the 4x200 meter relay team also won gold.

Groubert ran the 3,000 meters in 8:56.84, at least seven seconds ahead of the second place finisher. The 4x200 meter team comprised of John Schwinfurth (Sr., Medina, OH/HS), Dan Harsh (Sr., Perry, OH/HS), Chris Wilson (So., Melbourne, Australia/Swinburne), and Craig Dougherty (Fr.). They ran the finals heat in a time of 1:35.07, edging out Penn State-Behrend, who finished with a time of 1:35.53.

Other highlights included Jordan Groubert (Jr., Hartville, OH/Lake) finishing third in the mile run with a time of 4:27.68, Joe Paulenich (Sr., Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney) earning a fourth place finish in the weight throw with a distance of 41-3.75, and David Moser (Fr., Bluffton, OH/HS) finishing fifth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:02.13.

“This was our fourth of five indoor meets this year and we're definitely moving in the right direction,” said Coach Christopher Straub. “We now have two runners under nine minutes in the 3000 meter, Jordan and Justin Groubert, and three between 4:23-4:29 in the mile with the Grouberts and Justin Eddy.

“We have come a long ways just since cross country. Progress is being made on becoming a competitive NCAA Division II team one athlete at a time. Walsh winning all the relays we entered this weekend for men and women was really special. Like the distance runners, the men's sprinters have been working hard and it showed with their relay team victory at Mt. Union. John Schweinfurth led us off with a 23.2 and we remained in the lead throughout. He's really been the heart and soul of this group this year and deserves a lot of credit on creating a fun and competitive atmosphere at daily practices.”

The next time the Cavaliers will compete will be in two weeks when they take part in the Kent State Tune-Up on Saturday, Feb. 18.