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BETHANY OVERCOMES ELEMENTS FOR BIG DAY AT PITT-GREENSBURG MEET
Oct. 1 - GREENSBURG, Pa. – Despite cold, rainy weather, the Bethany College women’s cross country team finished third out of 12 teams and the Bison men placed three runners in the top 24 at Saturday’s Pitt-Greensburg Invitational.
Senior Joanna Mongelluzzo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) turned in another outstanding effort, as she finished second out of 112 runners. Her time of 24:27.1 was behind only Kristen Galligan from Washington & Jefferson and more than 40 seconds ahead of the third place runner. Mongelluzzo’s finish helped the Bison score 91 points overall to place third behind only Geneva (63) and Thiel (80) on Saturday.
The Bison senior did have some help from her teammates. Freshman Rhianna Petrone (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) earned 11th place with a time of 26:28.4 and fellow first-year runner Jess Olson (Moon, Pa.) claimed 17th overall (27:21.1).
Also running for the Bison Saturday was sophomore Heather Hamm (Fairfax, Vt./BFA Fairfax), who scored 27th place (28:20.2) and junior Melissa Davis (Lancaster, Ohio), who was 41st.
The three Bison men who competed at the race were not enough to score as a team, but all finished in the top 24 out of 86 runners. Sophomore Cory Yarrington (Berkeley Springs, W.Va.) continued his stellar season by claiming seventh place overall after crossing in a time of 28:44.5.
Not far back in the pack was freshman Bobby Striker (Hinton, W.Va./Oak Hill), who in just his second race this season after recovering from an injury, took 21st place in 30:32.3. The final BC runner was close behind, as senior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) came across in 30:58.9 for 24th place.
The teams will take next weekend off from competition, but will be back on the trails Oct. 15 at the Oberlin Invitational.