Sept. 3 - NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The cross country season had a good start for the Bethany College men’s and women’s programs Saturday at the Westminster Fisher Invitational, as senior Joanna Mongelluzzo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) and sophomore Cory Yarrington (Berkeley Springs, W.Va.) both placed in the top 20.
Mongelluzzo had the top showing for the Bison women, who scored 15th place out of 186 runners. She finished the 6K course with a time of 25:25.8, which was the eighth fastest time among Division III runners at the meet. It was a strong start for the BC senior, who earned Second Team All-PAC at last year’s conference championship meet.
The next two runners for Bethany were a pair of freshmen, as Jessica Olson (Moon, Pa./Moon Area) crossed in 49th place overall in a time of 27:29.6 and Rhianna Petrone (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) was 61st (28:08.5).
The rest of the Bison squad finished in a pack, led by sophomore Chelsei White (Elkins, W.Va.) in 78th overall, senior Kaitlyn Black (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) was 81st, sophomore Heather Hamm (Fairfax, Vt./BFA Fairfax) earned 83rd and junior Melissa Davis (Lancaster, Ohio) was 93rd.
For the men, Yarrington started his sophomore year as strongly as he finished his freshman campaign. He earned Second Team All-PAC and was in all-conference form again Saturday. Yarrington posted a time of 29:37.4 on the 8K course, which was good for 19th place overall out of 135 runners and 11th among non-scholarship runners.
The Bison were short-handed on Saturday, as the only other competitor for BC was senior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park).
Both Bethany teams will be back on the course next Saturday at the Davis & Elkins Invitational.