BETHANY RUNNERS STRONG AT DAVIS & ELKINS INVITATIONAL
Sept. 10 - ELKINS, W.Va. – Despite being the lone non-scholarship school in attendance, the Bethany College men’s and women’s cross country teams posted several solid individual performances and the women’s team had a good overall showing at the Davis & Elkins Invitational Saturday.
As the only Division III school in the meet, the Bison women scored 125 points to place fourth out of seven teams and ahead of Division II schools Fairmont State, D&E and Ohio Valley. Seton Hill took the top four places and easily won the team title on the women’s side.
Senior Joanna Mongelluzzo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) was the top runner for the BC women. She cleared more than a minute off her time from last week and earned seventh place overall out of 61 runners by clocking in at 24:08.06.
Bethany’s two freshmen runners continued to improve and both showed in the top half of the race. In 21st place was Rhianna Petrone (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan), who finished in a time of 25:44.04 and not far behind her was Jess Olson (Moon, Pa./Moon Area) with a time of 26:27.53 for 28th place.
The last two runners to score for Bethany was sophomore Chelsei White (Elkins, W.Va.), who was in 42nd place and sophomore Heather Hamm (Fairfax, Vt./BFA Fairfax) in 45th.
The men’s team had just two runners, but both turned in good runs. Sophomore Cory Yarrington (Berkeley Springs, W.Va.) crossed the finish line in 13th place overall with a time of 30:56.27 and senior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) clipped nearly a minute off his time from last week by coming in at 33:48.23, good for 42nd place.
Next up for the Bison teams is a home meet, as the program will host the Bethany 5K on Tuesday, Sept. 20.