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Sept. 18 - WEXFORD, Pa. – The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) has named Bethany College sophomore Zach Foster (Shadyside, Ohio/Bellaire St. John’s) as its Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Sept. 17.

This is the second time in three weeks Foster has been recognized by the conference. He earned this award based on his 12th place finish at Saturday’s Marietta (Ohio) College Invitational, which featured 64 runners. His time of 28:38.4 was a second off the time he posted in his fifth place finish at the Westminster (Pa.) College Invitational Sept. 1, but the course and the competition had a lot to do with that, according to BC head coach Mark Swiger.

“The race at Marietta was a very competitive meet, with a lot of Division II schools, as well as Rio Grande (NAIA) being represented,” said Swiger. “And the course at Marietta was much more challenging than the one at Westminster.

“In addition, Zach had a foot injury the week before that healed and he never missed a beat,” said Swiger. “He started out very conservatively, around 20th at the mile but then worked his way up to his final place and in quite a competitive race with a few other runners.”

Having a student-athlete like Foster, who transferred to the school after spending his freshman year at Mount Union (Ohio) College, come to Bethany has had a big impact on the entire cross country team.

“Zach’s presence in the Bethany program is such a big boost to the morale of the team since he is such a fine young man and he blends well with the tradition of Bethany student-athletes who have excelled on and off the competitive fields,” said Swiger. “He is enthusiastic about his goals and constantly works on becoming a better runner.”

A communication major, Zach is the son of Joe and Lisa Foster of Shadyside, Ohio.