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Oct. 13 - PITTSBURGH, Pa. – In their final race before the Oct. 29 PAC Championships, the Bethany College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the highly-competitive Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) University Invitational Saturday.

The Bison women placed 17th out of 20 teams, while the men were 20th out of 23. Carnegie Mellon captured the team title on the men’s side, beating Division I programs Duquesne (Pa.) University and George Washington (D.C.) University, while DII institution Indiana University of Pa., won the women’s overall title.

For the BC women, they placed three runners in the top half of the 197-runner field. Freshman Suzanne Stettinius (Parkton, Md./Hereford) was the first Bethany runner to cross in 88th place overall with a time of 21:44.43. Just four spots behind her in 92nd was senior sister Chantal Stettinius (Parkton, Md./Hereford), while sophomore Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area) placed 96th overall.

In the men’s competition, which featured 230 runners, 88th place was also the top finish by a Bison, as that’s where sophomore Zach Foster (Shadyside, Ohio/Bellaire St. John’s) crossed the line. He was clocked in 28:09.67, which was nearly six seconds faster than his previous best time, set Sept. 29 at the Rio Grande (Ohio) meet.

Bethany next two runners were freshman Clifford Arbogast (Cameron, W.Va.), who crossed in 151st, and junior Matt Schlemmer (Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak), who placed 173.

BC will take next weekend off before the conference championship meet Oct. 29 at Saint Vincent (Pa.) College in Latrobe, Pa. The Bison women will be trying to improve upon their fourth place finish a year ago, while the Bethany men did not score as a team last year. Grove City (Pa.) College swept both crowns a season ago, as it was the 16th straight for the men and the 18th in a row for the women.