Sept. 5 - WEXFORD, Pa. – Bethany College sophomore Zach Foster (Shadyside, Ohio/Bellaire St. John’s) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Sept. 4.
Foster was the top PAC runner to finish at Saturday’s Westminster (Pa.) College Invitational, as he took fifth place overall with a time of 28:37.4. Out of the 78 runners in the field, only two Division III competitors crossed in front of Foster, both from Penn State Behrend. The winner of the race was Scott Gemberling from Division II Alderson-Broaddus, while Dan Shepard from Gannon (Pa.) University, a NAIA institution, took fourth place.
According to second-year BC head coach Mark Swiger, it was a smart race from Foster, who was running his first invitational for Bethany after transferring from Mount Union (Ohio) College.
“Zach did a really fine job in his first race as a Bison,” said Swiger. “He ran a disciplined race and was in the hunt for the win about half way into it. Although Gemberling from A-B looked like he ran away with the race, that wasn’t clear until late. Still, Zach and the other top three runners were close at the end.”
Foster’s performance was also notable given how the Bison are so early into their season.
“We are in an overload phase of training, so his legs weren’t very fresh, which makes his effort even more impressive,” said Swiger. “Zach is a quality young man with a great program view and I know I speak for the rest of the men’s and women’s programs in congratulating him on his performance.”
A communication major, Zach is the son of Joe and Lisa Foster of Shadyside, Ohio.