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Martin/Joyce Named Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Week

Jan. 27 – BETHANY, W. Va. – Freshman Track record setter, Whitney Martin (Wintersville, Ohio/Indian Creek) and senior basketball standout Delonte’ Joyce (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) have been named the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athletes of the Week, announced the Bethany SAAC on Tuesday.

Martin was great in her first ever collegiate track meet, capturing two, top-two finishes at the Denison University Lid-Lifter Invitational. Martin took first place in the 60 meter dash, breaking the Bethany school record originally held by Paige Prato (8.01), finishing the race with a time of 7.90. Not only did that time qualify her for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships later this season, but it was also the tenth fastest time in all of Division III up to that point.

Along with her accomplishment in the 60 meter, Martin also impressed in the 200, finishing the race second with a time of 26.50. That time was just .05 seconds slower than the Bethany school record, which is currently held by Bison junior Maria Jackson-McBride.

Joyce was huge for the Bison as the Green & White posted two victories last week. In a 79-68 win over Grove City, Joyce was sensational, scoring 27 points, including 20 in the second half to lift the Bison to victory. The contest marked the third-straight game that Joyce had scored at least 25 points. He then helped the Bison take down PAC leader Saint Vincent, 56-53, on Saturday. Despite scoring only 13 points, Joyce imposed his will on the defensive side, tying a season-best with nine steals. He helped the Bison hold the Bearcats to their second-lowest point total of the season (53).

With his totals Joyce currently ranks third in the conference in points per game (17.7) and is second in steals per contest (3.2). He also now has 159 steals for his career, placing him sixth on Bethany’s all-time steals list. He currently sits 16 behind fifth-place Scott Johnson (1998-02), who finished his career with 175.

Other nominees for SAAC Athlete of the Week included freshman basketball standout, Kelsea Daugherty (Newport, Ohio/Frontier) for the women, and junior All-American Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) on the men’s side.