Nov. 1 – BETHANY, W. Va. – Led by a top-20 finish by senior Rhianna Petrone (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan), the Bethany College cross country teams competed in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday afternoon in Bethany. Both teams ran to an eighth-place finish in their respective races as the Bison hosted the Championships for the second time in three seasons.
On the women’s side, the Bison took eighth-place, finishing with 173 total points, Bethany was led by Petrone’s 19th-place finish as she crossed the finish line with a time of 24:52.9, helping her capture her first All-Conference honor, claiming Honorable Mention All-PAC status.
Other notable performances for the Green & White included senior Jessica Olson (Moon, Pa./Moon), sophomore Michaela Ross (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua ) and junior Kelsea Martz (Hedgesville, W.Va./Hedgesville), who all finished in the top 50 in the 104-competitor event. Olson captured 36th-place with a time of 25:47.3 while Ross (26:00.1) and Martz (26:45.7) placed 40th and 45th, respectively.
The overall team winner on the women’s side was Grove City College, who captured their 26th-straight PAC title. The Wolverines finished the meet with 29 total points and were led by junior Emily Rabenold, who captured the individual title with a time of 22:38.40.
On the men’s side, the Bison were led by sophomore Dylan Martinez (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua ) who was the first Bethany runner to cross the finish line in 55th place with a time of 30:31.2. Donald Beirhals (Cabot, Pa./Knoch) also posted one of the Bison’s top times, finishing 57th with a time of 30:37.1.
The team winner on the men’s side was Saint Vincent College, who captured their fifth-straight crown. The Bearcats finished with 31 points, nine points ahead of second-place Grove City. Individually, Bearcat sophomore Brandon Moretton earned MVP honors, finishing with a time of 26:40.40.
The Bison cross country teams will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 15 as they competed in the NCAA Regional Championships hosted by Dickinson College.