Oct. 17 – OBERLIN, Ohio – The Bethany College cross country team’s ran well across the board as the Green & White captured eight personal bests between the men’s and women’s programs at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble on Saturday afternoon.
The women, who competed with just three runners, saw all three break personal records on the day. Junior Michaela Ross (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua ) led the way for the women’s team, posting a time of 24:16.2. Senior Kelsea Martz (Hedgesville, W.Va./Hedgesville) and sophomore Elizabeth Timas (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) also tallied personal bests. Martz notched a 24:26.0, while Timas tallied a 25:04.6.
On the men’s side, the Bison ran to a team finish of 27th, finishing ahead of PAC counterparts Westminster and Thiel in the event. All five men’s runners that competed on the day shattered career bests.
Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) was the top performer on the men’s side, totaling a 68th-place finish on the day. The junior cracked 26 minutes for the first time in his career, posting a 25:27.2 in the 8k race. Freshman Jordan Castro (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) also finished under 26 minutes, posting a time of 25:50.2.
Other career marks set for the Bison included Austin Davis (Honolulu, Hawaii/Moanalua), freshman Alexaner Michalenko (Moon Township, Pa./OLSH) and sophomore Donald Bierhals (Cabot, Pa./Knoch). Davis finished the race with a time of 27:32.7, while Michalenko and Bierhals tallied times of 27:59.0 and 28:41.9, respectively.
The Bison performed well in their final tune-up for the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships which is just two weeks away. The Green & White will be idle next week before heading to the PAC Championships on Saturday, October 31. The race is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start.