Sept. 12 – BETHANY, W.Va. - The Bethany College cross country programs competed on Saturday morning as they hosted the Bethany Cross Country Invitational. There were 17 schools that ran in the event for both the men and women. The Bison men brought home a sixth-place finish, while the women took home ninth overall.
Freshman Jordan Castro (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) impressed again as he led the men with a time of 27:51, which was good for ninth-place overall. Freshman Marshall Murray (Penn Hills, Pa./Penn Hills) was the next Bison to cross the finish line, notching 34th place with a time of 29:33. Sophomores Austin Davis (Honolulu, Hawaii/Moanalua), George Hypolite (St. John’s, Antigua/Antigua Grammar), and Donald Bierhals (Cabot, Pa./Knoch) all finished close behind. Davis (29:46) notched a 42nd-place finish, while Hypolite (30:01) and Bierhals (30:01) were 48th and 49th, respectively.
Point Park University led the pack with 32 points total, as the first-place finishers had four runners in the top ten.
The men’s team totaled 182 points and finished second out of all the Presidents’ Athletic Conference teams in the race, trailing Washington and Jefferson who took second overall. The Presidents’ Theodore Kioussis was the first to cross the end line with a time of 26:51.
On the women’s side, junior Michaela Ross (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) was the first Bison to finish, as she posted a time of 25:52, earning her 27th overall. Senior Kelsea Martz (Hedgesville, W. Va./Hedgesville) was close behind at 26:37, placing 30th overall. Senior Brooke Bosworth (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville) took home 49th and sophomore Elizabeth Timas (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) placed 53rd.
West Virginia Wesleyan College was first on the women’s side, totaling 36 points while four runners earned top-ten finishes. Point Park’s Katie Guarnaccia recorded the fastest time for the women, finishing in 22:56.
The Bethany cross country programs will be back on the course on Saturday, September 19 when they travel to Latrobe, Pa. for the Saint Vincent Invitational at 10:30 a.m.