September 7 – Bethany, W. Va. – The Bethany College men and women’s cross country teams hosted the Bethany College Invitational on Saturday, September 7th. The men finished second in the event while the women finished fifth on the day.
On the women’s side, the Bison came in with a fifth place finish out of seven teams with 125 points. Freshman Michaela Ross (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) finished a team-best, 18th place, coming in with a time of 26:49.3. Junior Jessica Olson (Moon, Pa./Moon) finished right behind her in 19th (27:00.8) and sophomore Alexi Pyles (North Hollywood, Calif./Granada Hills) came in 29th place with a total time of 28:42.6.
The team winner on the women’s side was West Virginia Wesleyan who finished with a team score of 23 points. West Liberty came in second with a total of 71 points, with Waynesburg, W & J and the Bison rounding out the top five.
Individually, Chatham University’s Rachel Leftwich took the top honors, finishing the race with a total time of 24:22.0.
On the men’s side, the Bison turned in a great performance as they finished second on the day with a total of 66 points.
Sophomore Ryan Donnelly (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) paced all runners taking the top time in the event with a total time of 28:06.1. The victory was the first of Donnelly’s career, and the best finish by a Bison this season.
“Ryan ran a great race today,” said third-year head coach Michael Guinn. “He paced the course very well and ran very intelligently. He has been a great leader for us and if he continues to improve will do a lot of great things for us this year.”
Joining Donnelly in the top five was junior Cory Yarrington (Berkeley Springs, W. Va./Berkeley Springs) who came in fifth place with a total time of 28:57.4. Other notable times for the men included freshman Dylan Martinez’s (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) 13th place finish (29.35.0) and a 25th place finish by senior Hunter Ankrom (Moundsville, W. Va./John Marshall) (32:11.0).
The overall meet winner on the men’s side was West Liberty University who finished with 53 points. The Bison came in second with 66 points and were followed by Waynesburg (68 points), West Virginia Wesleyan (73 points) and Washington & Jefferson (97 points).
The Bison will be back in action on Saturday, September 14 when they travel to Waynesburg, Pa. to participate in the Waynesburg Invitational.